Monthly Archives: November 2011

Internship at the Embassy of Australia

Embassy of Australia Surfing Santa

Surfing Santa says, "Ho-Ho-Hope you apply for the internship!"

Calling all who are interested in marketing, international education, and Australia: the Embassy of Australia Education Team is looking for an intern! Interns at the Embassy of Australia in Washington, DC support the Education Team with event management, student enquiries, website development, online social media, marketing, database/administrative tasks and research. This internship opportunity is full-time from January to April (start and end dates flexible); interns receive a $1000 stipend.

What kind of person will snag this super-cool, mentally stimulating, and professionally valuable internship? Someone who:

  • has completed at least three years of college (with a GPA of 3.2)
  • possesses strong written and verbal communication skills
  • is proficient with Microsoft Office
  • has event management experience
  • has the ability to work independently and in a team
  • has the ability to show initiative
  • has experience updating marketing collateral including publications and websites
  • has experience using online social media in an academic or professional capacity (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WordPress)
  • has a personal interest in the fields of international marketing, education marketing, international education, and/or marketing
  • has previous work or study experience in Australia

Does that sound like you? If so, click here to apply to the internship before 5 December.




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More Ideas for International Education Week


Those of us who have studied abroad know how endless the opportunities are to learn and grow as not only individuals, but valued members of our generation. International Education Week is a chance to share the benefits of worldwide exchange with others around us! Schools, colleges and universities are a great way to dive into IEW activities to promote international education and attract future study abroad students. Through our experiences we should be involved, share and promote international education and advocate a future more globally aware and educated!

Earlier this week, we posted International Education Week: 10 Things You Can Do. There are so many great ideas here! As the current intern here at the Australian Embassy, here are a few ideas I have done in the past with various organizations to celebrate International Education Week.

1. Ask a local café (in or around campus) if they wouldn’t mind featuring a delicious international dish for one (or all) the days during International Education Week. Examples of Australian delicacies are an “Aussie Burger” (recipes may differ,) Fairy Bread (not too fancy, but could be made to look cafe-worthy,) and Lamingtons! This is a win-win situation. You get to talk about this cool idea you planned for International Education week, and drive more customers to the cafe!


2. You and others in your organization (or really nice friends you have) could hand out carnations or suckers (or anything-think outside the box!) with short phrases attached to them in colorful paper. Try including as many different languages as you can (and the English translation.) Some examples are “Go Global,” “Have a wonderful day,” “Smile,” “Wander the World,” “Explore and Grow,” “Carpe Diem,” and more! You can be as creative as you like with this idea!

3. Utilize online social media! If you have a group Facebook or Twitter page, post interesting articles about different countries, attach blogs by students studying abroad or just ask a thought provoking question like “What would most benefit  you personally by studying abroad in a country that wouldn’t necessarily be your first choice?” It invites readers to think beyond beaches and develop an interest in the educational aspect of study abroad. We use YouTube to showcase our 2011 Future Unlimited Video Contest winner.

4. If you know of a study abroad fair your International Office is holding, ask to be a part of it! Share your experiences from down under with others who are interested in studying abroad, not only in Australia, but anywhere. Students want to hear from other students! Your photos, videos, stories and pure excitement and passion could be just the nudge they need to look at a map and discover their next destination for growth and learning!

 Students attending an education fair in Armenia

For more information on International Education Week, promotional materials, photos and videos check out their website!

Flag display at Ormond middle school in Centerville, Virginia

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International Education Week: Ten Things You Can Do

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK LOGOAnother weekend gone, another Monday morning. Don’t make such a long face — this isn’t a week like others. Why? Because it’s International Education Week, of course!

Founded in 2000 by the United States Department of State and United States Department of Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate educational travel and the exchange of ideas all over the world. Neat, huh? The International Education Week website even has some quizzes so you can test how worldly you really are — care to give them a try? Click here… and let us know how you do in the comments!

You may be asking yourself: what kind of fun Australia-related things can you do for International Education Week? Here are a few ideas:

1. Connect with Australians and other international students on your campus. Ask your university’s international office if they’re putting anything on for International Education Week — and meet students from all over the world!

Aboriginal dancing Australia study abroad

Student ambassador Sabina learns some traditional Aboriginal dances

2. Contact a student ambassador and have a real conversation with a real live student about REAL student life in Australia. Doesn’t get more authentically international than that.

3. Want a peek at what studying in Australia could do for you? Check out the winning videos of this year’s Student Video Contest here and learn about all sorts of opportunities…

4. Follow President Obama’s visit to Australia (happening this week!) in the news. Are you interested in politics? Consider applying for a parliamentary internship in Canberra. You can find more details here.

5. Learn about Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and expose yourself to a new culture and new perspectives! Watch these animated stories and immerse yourself in some of the oldest traditions in the world.

6. Join your local Australian Football League team. Nothing says “Australia” better than a game of footy! Click here to find a team near you.

7. Expand your cultural horizons and listen to some Australian music! Forget Britney and Gaga… why don’t you check out Little Red, the Temper Trap, or Xavier Rudd instead?

8. Go see a movie. An Australian movie, that is! Happy Feet Two (directed by Australian George Miller) is releasing in American theatres on November 18. Added bonus: penguins are cute.

9. Find an Australian association in your area. This list of organisations can keep you connected to Australia while you’re in North America.

10. Lastly, keep up with Aussie education news on our Facebook and Twitter!

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Video Contest Winners!

This is it. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. Two round-trip tickets to Australia (courtesy of V Australia) will be bestowed upon one lucky, talented, and creative winner. And the winner is (drumroll, please):

Steven Oishi, for his catchy tune “My Future Unlimited!”

Although Steven calls the University of British Columbia Okanagan home, he is currently studying at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. What do you think of his video?

Can’t get enough of these Future Unlimited videos? Watch all of our amazing winners here, or check out every single entry to this year’s video contest here. Which is your favorite?

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