Interning at the Australian Embassy: A Summer in Berlin

For a number of years now, we have offered the opportunity to do an internship at the Australian Embassy in Berlin. We are one of the few Australian Embassies around the world that does so. This gives university students and recent graduates the chance to get an insight into our work representing Australia and to better understand Australia’s relations with Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The internships last between two and three months and in that time we encourage interns to make the experience their own. Interns get the chance to contribute in the Political Economic and Public Affairs Sections as well as being included in the life of the Embassy. We also organise briefings for the interns about the consular, immigration and defence work that we do at the Embassy.

One of our interns, Mark Rowe, has been with us since the beginning of June and will be leaving us next week to return to the cold of Canberra to continue his Arts/Law studies at the Australian National University.

Our intern Mark together with Ambassador Ritchie in front of a German and Australian flag in the embassy building.

Our intern Mark Rowe and Ambassador David Ritchie

“I was fortunate enough for my internship at the Embassy to coincide with the first meeting of the Australian-German Advisory Group. I was able to get a much better understanding of the extent of German-Australian relations as they now stand as well as an insight into how these might be deepened in the future. On top of this I had the chance to attend a whole variety of events: in the Australian Embassy (the German Australian Science Circle and the Melbourne String Ensemble Concert), events at other Embassies in Berlin (French, US, Brazilian, Mexican) and at NGOs and think tanks. I even got the chance to get a guided tour of the Bundestag and watch the German equivalent of Question Time. The highlight for me, however, was the chance to immerse myself in German domestic and foreign policy. Having the chance to work on topical issues and watch them evolve—from the Greek financial crisis to European refugee policy to Germany’s Energiewende—has been fascinating. The staff at the Embassy have been very generous with their time and expertise, providing briefings on their respective areas of responsibility in the Embassy and helping me to get the most out of my time here. I would encourage anyone with a passion for Germany and looking to get an inside view of what it’s like to work for DFAT to definitely apply.”– Mark Rowe (Intern June-August 2015)

For more information about the internship, please visit our website.

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