Academic internships

The Embassy of Switzerland in Australia offers a full-time 12-month paid internship to qualified and highly motivated candidates.

Internship description

The internship provides initial work experience and an insight into the world of diplomacy. Interns are fully integrated into the Embassy team and supported by their supervisors. Tasks range from writing reports to organising events and representing the Embassy at meetings. Interns will mostly work on political, economic, scientific and cultural issues, but may be asked to assist with any of the Embassy's tasks.

As a mid-sized embassy, the Embassy of Switzerland in Australia side-accredited to five Pacific countries offers its interns a broad and comprehensive experience and rewards them for a high degree of flexibility.

Next opening

The next internship position is available from 01 May 2024 for a 12-month internship. 

Please send your application for this position between 11 January and 31 January 2024. Applications sent before or after these dates will not be considered.

Requirements for applicants

  • Swiss citizen or non-Swiss citizen with legal residence in Switzerland
  • Hold an university degree at the start of the internship (preferably a Master's degree, with no more than one year between graduation and the start of the internship)
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Fluency in German or French or Italian, with passive knowledge of at least one other official language of Switzerland
  • Computer skills
  • The total duration of internships in the federal administration, including this internship, may not exceed one year.
  • Please refer to the job advertisement (PDF, 1 Page, 136.2 kB, English) for more information

Applications must include

  • Letter of motivation (in English)
  • Curriculum vitae (in English)
  • Copy of degree and/or latest transcript
  • Letter(s) of recommmendation (if available)
  • Employment references (if available)

Please send your application package to Shortlisted applicants will be notified of the Embassy's decision by mid-February. Please note that your application must meet the general eligibility requirements, which can be found in the links below.