International Internship Leadership Program

If you are thinking of pursuing an international career, an internship at the Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE) could be the ideal start for you.

The objective of the internship is to give you a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment of international organisations and iconic brands, such as the United Nations.

You will be given a real chance to work with international leaders. As part of our team, working directly with outstanding and inspiring career researchers, professionals and senior management, you will be exposed to high-profile conferences, participate in meetings, and contribute to analytical work.

AIBE gives you the opportunity, the potential for leadership, however, is yours to develop. 

Programs

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia (UNESCAP) | Asia Pacific

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia (UNESCAP) - Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE) Internship is for a minimum of three months, with a possibility of extension up to six months, if required by both organisations. Successful candidates will be provided with ongoing mentoring by the United Nations and awarded a certificate of completion by both organisations at the end of the placement.

The internship is full-time for both Masters and PhD students (part-time positions might be considered). Interns work under the supervision of staff members at AIBE and UNESCAP. Interns undertake analytical studies and policy-oriented research on medium- to long-term development issues facing the Asia-Pacific region, including for the development needs of the region’s least developed countries, and the role of developed countries such as Australia as well as other countries with special needs. 

View the UNESCAP program outline (PDF, 97.2 KB)

Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC) | Latin America

The Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC) - Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE) Internship is for a minimum of three months, with a possibility of extension up to six months, if required by both organisations. Successful candidates will be provided with ongoing mentoring by ALABC and awarded a certificate of completion by both organisations at the end of the placement.

The internship is full-time for both Masters and PhD students (part-time positions might be considered). Interns work under the supervision of staff members at ALABC and AIBE. Interns undertake analytical studies and business-oriented research on medium- to long-term business issues facing corporations operating in Australia and Latin America, including for the development needs of the regions and organisations.

View the ALABC program outline (PDF, 97.9 KB)

United Nations Resident Coordination Africa | Africa

The United Nations Resident Coordination Africa - Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE) Internship is for a minimum of three months, with a possibility of extension up to six months, if required by both organisations. Successful candidates will be provided with ongoing mentoring by the United Nations and awarded a certificate of completion by both organisations at the end of the placement.

The internship is full-time for both Masters and PhD students (part-time positions might be considered). Interns work under the supervision of staff members at the United Nations Resident Coordination and AIBE. Interns will undertake analytical studies and policy-oriented research on medium- to long-term sustainable development issues facing the African region and potential connections with Australia.

View the UNRCA program outline (PDF, 97.5 KB)

Accountabilities

You will be undertaking research, analysis and assisting with the organisation of online events, in areas such as:

  • domestic and external resource mobilization, public-private partnerships, official development assistance (ODA), remittance and climate finance
  • Australia's role in the target region post-pandemic and sustainable business models
  • identify key short-to-medium-term risks to sustainable development in the region; prepare literature reviews, grant proposals, summary tables, graphs, and other inputs, as needed for publications, working papers and policy briefs.

See each program outline for the full list of accountabilities. 

Selection Criteria

To qualify for this Internship Program, the following conditions must be met: 

  • be enrolled in a school program (second university degree or equivalent, or higher)
  • be enrolled in the final academic year
  • be computer literate in standard software applications, social media and ideally statistical/ packages such as Stata, NVivo
  • have demonstrated a keen interest in the work of the placement organisation
  • have demonstrated the ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

How to apply

To be considered for an internship, applicants should submit:

  • a current curriculum vitae
  • a 1-2 page draft proposal for a potential publication aligned with one of the themes outlined in the internship's accountabilities.

Applications should be submitted to Dr Isabel B. Franco, Research Fellow, AIBE at isabelfranco@uq.edu.au.


Contact

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Isabel B. Franco.