Government of Australia


Internship - Multilateral & Bilateral Policy Sections

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Internship - Multilateral & Bilateral Policy Sections

Vienna, Austria


Closing date:
17th December 2018

Job Description

The Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna is offering a number of internships of three months, unpaid, across the multilateral and bilateral policy sections throughout 2019.

About Us

The Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna undertakes a wide range of multilateral and bilateral functions. The Embassy is accredited to UN and other international organisations in Vienna, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The Embassy is also responsible for Australia’s relations with Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovakia and Slovenia.

About the Internship

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the operations of a busy multilateral and bilateral Post. You will develop research, reporting, program development, public diplomacy and digital communication skills, mentored by Australian diplomats. There may be opportunities to participate in external meetings with multilateral organisations, bilateral partners and other external stakeholders.

Potential tasks that you may participate in include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending, taking notes and drafting reports of multilateral meetings.
  • Researching information across the multilateral, bilateral and public diplomacy fields.
  • Arranging meetings across a range of areas. 
  • Monitoring and reporting on developments of political, economic and/or foreign policy issues in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovakia and Slovenia.
  • Assisting with preparations and program development of official visits.  
  • Drafting content for the Embassy’s Webpage and Twitter accounts.
  • Engaging in outreach activities.
  • Event planning and events administration (preparing invitations, managing guest lists etc.).
  • Responding to general enquiries about Australia.

This internship is offered for three months at various time periods throughout the year.


We are seeking interns who are postgraduate students or undergraduate students who have successfully completed at least four (4) semesters of their course.

Candidates who are completing studies in international relations, politics, economics, or communications are encouraged to apply.

Internships are unpaid and open to all nationalities. Travel costs and living arrangements, including visa and insurance coverage, are the responsibility of the intern. The Embassy will provide eligible applicants insurance coverage for accidents occurring in the workplace only.

Should your application be successful, you will be required to complete relevant police checks before commencement.

Please note that exact dates of internship will be discussed during the interview process and that interns will be expected to assist across both the multilateral and bilateral agenda in response to work demands.

Selection Criteria

Please address each of the selection criteria for the role in the spaces provided on the application form.  Drawing on your prior experience, please provide examples of where you have demonstrated the required competencies or transferable skills:   

(The word limit is strictly 250 words per responseThe panel will not assess responses that exceed the word limit.)

A.   Briefly explain your interest in International Relations, and what understanding you have of the work and goals of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including in relation to multilateralism and Europe.

B.   Demonstrate your ability to undertake research, take notes and write reports, including by providing examples.

C.   Demonstrate your ability to work effectively as part of a team and build strong working relationships.

D.   Demonstrate your ability to solve problems under pressure. 

E.   Set out any experience in public diplomacy, including event management and publishing and social media management.

Please indicate availability for a three month placement during 2019, including hours. The Embassy’s office hours are from 08:30 to 16:30 (Monday to Friday).

Sorry, this vacancy is closed.

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