Professional Development Opportunities - Internship Round January 2024

Professional Development Internship Round for 2024

Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia is committed to providing opportunities for scholars to have positive, educational, and engaging experiences in Australia. Professional Development Opportunities such as internship placements help create valuable personal and professional connections.

Applications for the current Professional Development Internship Round are now open. Recipients will work alongside an internship service provider to create their own bespoke placement, to enhance their Scholarship journey.

If you are unsure whether a Professional Development Internship Round is right for you, take our small quiz. Click here to find out more.

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Current scholars can apply for this limited number of internship opportunities. Not all applications will be successful.

Scholars are not responsible for finding an appropriate opportunity that aligns with their Development Impact Linkages Plan (DILP). This will be investigated and coordinated by an internship service provider in conjunction with scholar-driven assessments and professional development.

Internships will be located in scholar’s state of study and residence.

The cost for each scholar is to be managed by Australia Awards and will not be paid to the scholar. If scholars become aware of any mandatory memberships, training courses or other required expenses, they can apply for Australia Awards to fund these up to $300, but must discuss with this with the Australia Awards team first.

If scholars would like to pursue specific internships, they may be best suited for a Professional Development Activity Grant. See the quiz link above for help.

Please note that the Australia Awards team will not be responsible for finding an appropriate internship for a scholar.

In addition to the general eligibility criteria (listed below), applicants seeking an Internship must:

  • Have completed at least one semester of coursework.
  • Have at least one semester of Scholarship left to complete.
  • Be able to have their internship placement completed one month prior to end of scholarship date.
  • Arrange all logistics associated with their placement.
  • Agree to commence and complete all required assessments within the first two weeks of acceptance offer being made. One reminder will be issued, after which point scholars will have one additional week to complete assessments. If the internship service provider has not recorded that a scholar has completed their assessment within three weeks, the scholar’s place in the program will be forfeited and offered to another scholar.
  • Commit to submitting a completion report, a summary of the activity/event, relevant photos, and quotes as required.
  • Acknowledge they understand that funds are not paid to scholars but are paid on the scholar’s behalf to the internship service provider.

For the current round launching in January 2024, applications must be submitted by 28 January 2024. Successful applicants will be notified by end of February 2024.

Grant placements must align with one or more of the following:

  • activities that will complement the recipient’s studies in Australia.
  • activities that will assist the recipient to develop personal and professional networks and partnerships.
  • activities focused on the individual’s pursuit to make a difference in their lives and for their country.

In addition, scholars are encouraged to identify opportunities that align with the priority areas in the Australia Awards Global Strategic Framework 2021–2024, which include:

  • health security
  • stability
  • economic recovery
  • agriculture, fisheries & water
  • building resilience (including to climate change and humanitarian disasters)
  • education and health
  • effective governance
  • gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • infrastructure, innovation & trade.

A scholar can receive a maximum of one professional development grant per academic year, with a maximum of two grants awarded to any scholar over their Scholarship duration. Professional Development Activity Grants are currently unavailable. We will notify scholars when they become available. 

General eligibility criteria

All grant applicants must:

  • be currently studying in Australia on an Australia Awards Scholarship
  • be a citizen of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka
  • ensure that the internship placement does not interfere with or adversely affect their study commitments
  • submit a proposal on how an internship would align with their Development Impact and Linkages Plan
  • agree to submitting a completion report, a summary of the activity/event, relevant photos, and quotes if required
  • agree to adhere to all requirements and use and acquit the grant according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Program guidelines.

Please note, the scholar is required to obtain written confirmation from their Student Contact Officer (or Course Adviser if the applicant is a research student) that they are on track with their studies and that the internship will not interfere with or adversely affect their study.

Any scholars who do not complete necessary tasks required by the internship service provider within two weeks will receive a single reminder, after which point they will be granted one additional week to complete assessments. If the internship service provider has not recorded that a scholar has completed their assessment within three weeks, thereby enabling the placement process to start, the scholar’s place in the program will be forfeited and offered to another scholar.

Any opportunity you undertake will have to be completed with your education within the current Scholarship period. There will be no visa extension granted for this. While taking on an internship, all the regulations applicable to an Australia Awards scholar and an international student in Australia will remain unchanged.

 

Assessment criteria

All applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • How would an internship enhance their skills, knowledge or competencies and/or professional connections?
  • How would an internship support the implementation of their Development Impact and Linkages Plan and goals upon returning home?
  • How would an internship align with their course of study and extra-curricular interests?

Applicants must register, complete and submit their application online on the Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia’s Events Portal.

Registering your details through this system will send an email confirmation message to your account. This message will contain a link that will enable you to activate your account. Please check your spam or junk email folder if you have not received this email within 5-10 minutes in your inbox. If you cannot locate the email confirmation message from Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia or have any queries regarding the application portal, please email support.portal@australiaawardssouthasiamongolia.org and provide the email address used to register on the system.

You can reset your password or register with a different email address if registered on the application portal.

Once you log in, you can apply for an activity or an internship grant. You may only receive one grant per academic year. The application can be saved at specific points so that you can return to it multiple times. Please click the submit button at the end of an application once you complete it. You will receive an email after you have submitted your application.

Once awarded, the grant will be formalised through a Grant Agreement that applicants must sign.

All grant recipients must attend a Fraud Management Briefing, either face-to-face or online, delivered by Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia, before scholars are presented to the internship service provider for management and placement. This briefing is mandatory for all grant recipients.

International travel is not permitted under the Grant Guidelines.

Professional Development Internship funding is paid directly to the internship service provider and not to the scholar.

Additional payments required to complete the placement, that exist outside the contractual agreement with the internship service provider will be paid by Australia Awards, up to $300 and will be made directly to an organising entity or against an invoice or receipt. For example, if a scholar is expected to purchase Personal Protective Equipment for the placement, or undertake training, when possible, their fees will be paid directly by Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia team. If the cost can be invoiced, then that invoice should be addressed to Palladium for payment. Scholars will be responsible for the final acquittal of the funds. Timing of funding payment is contingent on Palladium Accounts Payable services.

Misuse of funds will be treated in line with DFAT’s Fraud Control Strategy. Applicants should read DFAT’s Fraud Strategy Statement before applying for a grant.

 

A Completion Report must be submitted within two weeks of completing the placement. Internship recipients will be requested to take photographs of their initiatives and respond to requests for information from Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia regarding the progress of activities for review or promotion purposes.

A template for the Completion Report will be provided to successful applicants. This will require you to include a brief reflection on your activity or internship and describe any short- and long-term impacts, challenges, and lessons learned.

Before you apply, please read carefully all the information given above.

If you are unsure whether a Professional Development Internship Round is right for you, take our small quiz. Click here to find out more.

For any queries, please contact us on engagement@australiaawardssouthasiamongolia.org.

Submit your online application

Applicants must register, complete and submit their application online on the online application portal by 28 January 2024.

Apply here