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Internship: Events Planning and Management

Events Planning and Management Internship (Applications currently closed)

The Events and Diplomatic Engagement Intern will work directly to the Office of the Social Secretary. The Social Secretary is responsible for the planning, research, and coordination of all of the Ambassador’s representational programs, including functions at the Ambassador’s residence with high-level ministers and dignitaries. This unique internship will provide the successful candidate the opportunity to learn about the many facets of diplomatic events and relationship management. They will receive unparalleled experience and knowledge surrounding cultural and protocol requirements, pre-event planning, research, and physical preparation, as well as hands-on learning at the Ambassador’s events.

Applicants must be of 18 years of age or older.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in public relations, event management, hospitality management, and other related fields. Application will also be accepted from recent graduates from either undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

Applicants for internships must be United States citizens, United States lawful permanent residents (Green Card holder) or possess a valid Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766) issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Please be advised that your commencement date is contingent upon the successful completion of background checks undertaken by the Embassy.

Summary of duties:

The intern will:

  • Learn about and assist with the design, planning, and execution of the Head of Mission’s representational program, including events hosted by the Head of Mission at the Chancery, Head of Mission’s Residence, and/or other events.
  • Learn about and assist with seating charts and guest lists, in accordance with cultural and protocol requirements.
  • Learn about and assist with the physical preparation of events, including table cards, menus, invitations, promotional material, and briefing material.
  • Learn about and assist with the recording of event attendees.
  • Learn about and assist with maintaining a database of relevant current and prospective contacts.

Desired skills:

The successful candidate will:

  • Knowledge of, and personal interest in, events management and public relations.
  • Possess strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficient computer skills, particularly with Microsoft Office.
  • Demonstrated initiative and attention to detail.


All applications must include the following:

Please send your application to: Recruitment.Washington@dfat.gov.au. Please let us know on the email to what internship program you are applying for.

Alternatively, you can send a hard copy application to the following address:

Internship Coordinator
Events Planning and Management Program
Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC 20036

Note: Due to the large volume of applications we are unable to respond to each applicant. If you have not been requested to attend an interview, please assume that your application has not been successful.