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Internships/Stages (unsollicited application)

Publication date: 05/04/2017
Reference: 2017-002
Entity: DFAT
Location: Paris 75015
Contract type: Internship


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The role of DFAT is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.


In accordance with local law, any internship in France will need to be managed under the auspices of an internship agreement signed with a school or university.

The tripartite agreement (ie, between you, the university and the workplace) can be signed with a foreign school/university, but the procedure should take three to six months to set up. The agreement should outline a project you would work on (which the embassy would help draft) and be submitted to the French “prefecture de Paris” at least three months before the proposed commencement of the internship. The prefecture will make a decision on whether the internship can proceed.

Moreover, you should request the appropriate visa to leave/study or work in France (please note that unfortunately, the Embassy does not provide sponsorship)



Prospective applicants should be aware that a high level of English and French is required to work at the Embassy.

Depending on the position, the language skills may vary from B2 to C2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) - self-assessment in both French and English can be found here : http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu.

Security Clearance

Employment at the Australian embassy is opened to ALL NATIONALITIES.
Nevertheless, for SECURITY DESIGNATED POSITIONS, applicants must be a national of Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, or United Kingdom and must be eligible for an Australian Government security clearance.
Persons holding dual French nationality with one of the above nationalities would not be eligible for a security clearance.
Applications, for security cleared position, that do not specifically address and satisfy this requirement, will not be considered.