Many students studying Development Practice have a desire to undertake an internship or volunteer placement to strengthen their employment opportunities and compliment their study program.
We aim to provide students with linkages to internship placements and other opportunities in order to build upon and compliment the theoretical and practical foundations which the program in Development Practice provides.

UQ Internships Opportunities

MDP - PARDI Scholarship 2014

This scholarship will provide an MDP student with an opportunity to gain exposure to an international development project funded by the Australian Government.
The selected student will work as a part of an inter-disciplinary team (including agro-foresters, soil scientists and social scientists, as well as rural education and extension officers) from both Australia and the Solomon Islands. The scholarship will be for 2 weeks (January or February 2014) and it is intended to enable the student to assist in the larger goal of this project, which is to support communities to establish sustainable markets for plantation timber in the Solomon Islands.
The scholarship will cover expenses related to travel (including flights to Solomon Islands and domestic flights to Munda in the Western Province), accommodation and food. (Please note it will generally be shared accommodation and local food).
Applications close 29 November 2013

Information and Details on How to Apply


External Internship and Volunteer Programs

The internship and volunteer programs listed below are not run by the University of Queensland and have their own eligibility criteria, please check the websites to see if you are eligible to apply.

Antipodeans Abroad
Are you interested in taking part in a volunteer program abroad? Applications open for mid year volunteer placements in June / July 2014 - details here.  Bachelor of Social Science students may be eligible for the UQ Advantage Grant ($500-$1000-depending on where you travel). 

Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development - AYAD
The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program (AYAD) places skilled young Australian volunteers, aged 18-30, on short-term assignments of between 3-12 months, in developing countries throughout the Asia Pacific region.

VIDA is an Australian Government program that places skilled Australian volunteers in developing countries in the Asia Pacific region. VIDA volunteers work with local people to share knowledge, develop sustainable skills and build the capacity of communities and their environments in line with Australian Government priorities and the Millennium Development Goals.

Australian Volunteers International - AVI
Administers the Australian Government Volunteer Program placing volunteers in both Australia and overseas.

Opportunity International Australia Internship Program offers internships in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Each internship lasts approximately four and a half months and intakes are at various times of the year. Internships are voluntary positions with interns responsible for their own travel, living expenses and any visa requirements.


International Internship Opportunities

UQ-Uniquest Internship Program

United Nations Headquarters New York - Internships

Asian Development Bank - Young Professionals Program

Oxfam International Youth Partnerships is a global network of young people working with their communities to create positive, equitable and sustainable change. Oxfam contributes to the aims of OIYP by providing a Program to build the capacity of its partners to be effective facilitators of change. Oxfam works with 300 young people over a three year program focusing on building skills and knowledge, supporting action, facilitating networking and impact assessment.


Development opportunities and job related websites: 

Job related websites:
This site offers an extensive list of international job opportunities in the development sector.
ACFID is an independent national association of Australian non-government organisations (NGOs) working in the field of international aid and development. There is also a list of job on their site.
This site offers an extensive resource of development policy, research and jobs. 

For a full list of development related organisations which may also offer job opportunities please click here.


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