2023 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 expressions of interest and student applications are now closed. The upcoming placements are expected to take place from 3-28 April 2023. 


Host business representatives 

“Through participating in the program, we gained valuable insight about the Vietnamese culture and cuisine through our intern’s expertise for our business marketing. Our intern generously shared her perspective and knowledge on the trends in the field as an emerging leader in her community and created great content for us to work with.”

Dalene Wray, Managing Director, OBE Organic

“This program provided our firm with potential talent reserve, also valuable work experience for the student. We recommend businesses to participate in this program and establish a bridge for graduates with the workforce.”

Huiming Lin, Auslaw Partners

Successful interns 

“This opportunity has strengthened my knowledge and skills gained from university, which I will carry into my professional career pathway. It has assisted the development of my career, life goals and taught me how to work in a professional setting.”

Venus Vong, Successful intern representing the Hong Kong Community

“I have gained incredible experience in my field and connected with individuals that will help excel my profession. The opportunity to apply myself in a real-world setting and learn about growing in my industry has been a most valuable experience for me.”

Parangana Narula, Successful intern representing the Indian Community

"The program allowed me to bring the skills and knowledge that I have learned from university, as well as share insights from my multicultural understanding to support the host business. This experience further assisted me with building valuable networks with not only industry professionals but also fellow successful interns and enhanced my overall employability."

Thy Dang, Successful intern representing the Vietnamese Community

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Last updated: 2 February 2023

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