2021 International Internship Program

Council is committed to rebuilding Brisbane's economy by creating and expanding opportunities for Brisbane's businesses and talented students.

Participating businesses will have the opportunity to access Brisbane's tertiary student talent pool and leverage their knowledge, cultural understanding and language skills to grow their business in both domestic and international markets.

Participating students will have an exclusive opportunity to gain four weeks of degree related, paid work experience with local businesses aspiring to explore new opportunities.

About the program

Brisbane-based businesses can express their interest to host an intern for up to four weeks with Council subsidising 50% of the wage cost for the business. Additionally, Council identifies and matches the best professional applicant to the Brisbane business for no additional charge. The program will also support professional development and enhances future employment prospects for Brisbane’s domestic students with multicultural backgrounds and international students from our Sister Cities studying in Brisbane.

Host businesses may be from a range of sectors including, but not limited to, aviation, digital and technology, education and training, health and aged care, media, professional services, tourism and hospitality, and trade and investment development. Students will be selected from a variety of education disciplines and matched with the most relevant employer to suit their skillset.

Host business expression of interest and student applications are now closed. The upcoming placements are expected to take place from 3-28 May 2021. 


Participant testimonials from 2019 and 2020.

Host business representatives 

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with our interns from the internship program! Their contribution, energy, and enthusiasm have been amazing. As we’re a start-up that is scaling up, it’s so valuable to have such bright, talented, and capable interns to help us grow. I would highly recommend this program to other organisations, particularly start-ups and scale-ups in the innovation space.” Donaugh Austin, Operations, World’s Biggest Garage Sale.

“The internship program allowed our intern to gain experience within the Jackson Teece Architectural studio and enabled us to witness and consider, over a period of four weeks how he might play a role within our firm.” Daniel Hudson, Director, Jackson Teece.

Successful interns 

“The internship program was a well-tailored program between the Brisbane City Council and local businesses that helped international students to get local experience and a well-paid opportunity. I highly recommend international students to apply for the internship Program.” Khubaib Kazi, Successful intern representing Abu Dhabi.

“It has been a wonderful experience to be a part of this program with Brisbane City Council where I got an opportunity to work with Real Serious Games for one month. It was amazing to work in a positive environment, and indeed a great opportunity for an individual like me.” Ravi Vogali, Successful intern representing Hyderabad.

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Last updated: 9 March 2021