The Danish Embassy in Jakarta offers four internship positions for a duration of six months, beginning in February and August. The application deadline for August internships is March 10th and the deadline for February internships is in September.
At the Danish Embassy in Jakarta, you will become part of a highly dynamic team working to promote Danish cooperation with the world’s 4th most populous country and one of the fastest growing economies. You will gain valuable international experience at the interface between global politics, trade, and development cooperation.
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Working for Denmark in Indonesia
Indonesia, the World’s fourth largest country with 255 million people, has experienced rapid economic growth and is still undergoing vast societal and economic changes. The country is rapidly becoming an important political power in both South East Asia and globally.
The Danish Embassy in Jakarta works closely together with Danish companies, ministries, and institutions to promote and expand cooperation with Indonesia across a range of key sectors. The Embassy’s four internship positions offer educational and challenging assignments for Danish students within the following four areas:
- The Trade Council
- Danida Business and Government-to-Government
- Development Section - Environment, Energy, and Climate Change
- Communication and Politics
Read more about each internship position and general requirements below.
The four intern positions
The Trade Council
An important objective for the Embassy in Jakarta is to drive and accelerate Danish trade relations and investments in Indonesia. The Trade team at the Embassy offers advice and consultancy to Danish companies that are either interested in entering or already established on the Indonesian market. The intern will become familiar with the Indonesian market and Trade Council procedures, will be actively involved in supporting Danish companies in Indonesia, and will gain experience from working in a different cultural context at close range.
Examples of tasks:
- Conducting market research
- Retrieving specific market details
- Identifying potential business partners
- Preparing presentations and organising delegation/company visits
- Participating in relevant business meetings with Indonesian partners and stakeholders
- Updating the Embassy's website in regards to Indonesia's sector and market potential
- Updating social media with the team's relevant activities
Danida Business and Government-to-Government
The intern will have a dual role, working half time with the Embassy's Danida Business Team and half time with the Energy Sector Team. The Danida Business Team works in the interface between business and development in cooperation with the private sector to support partnerships that can faciliate economic growth in developing countries. The objective is to generate local jobs, exchange know-how, enhance Indonesian competiveness, promote sustainable development, and strengthen Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The intern will be involved in the daily management of the Embassy’s Danida Business portfolio, which involves monitor visits, partnership meetings, and auditing of progress reports and reimbursements. In the Energy Sector Team the intern will assist in implementing the Embassy's Government-to-Government (Strategic Sector Cooperation) Programme within the energy sector and will thus be part of strengthening and promoting energy cooperation between Indonesia and Denmark.
Examples of tasks:
- Assisting in the preparation of market analyses
- Organising participation in fairs and planning public diplomacy events, workshops and seminar
- Helping cultivate the Embassy's network of Indonesian partners in various areas
- Updating social media with the teams' relevant activities
- Assisting in all aspects of managing the Danida Business
- Providing business case assessments related to Danida Business
- Assisting in implementing the Embassy's Strategic Sector Cooperation Programme on Energy
- Providing background analyses and preparing written reports on Indonesian energy politics
In addition, the intern will be involved in the work within the Embassy's Trade Team.
Development Section - Environment, Energy, and Climate Change
Denmark has for several years worked closely with the Indonesian government to promote sustainable development and environmental protection. This is centred around the Environmental Support Programme, which has a comprehensive focus on environment, energy, and climate change. The intern will gain valuable insight into the handling and implementation of a large-scale sector support programme amd the transition to more commercial cooperation as well as first-hand experiences with some of the sustainability challenges facing a large and fast-growing country like Indonesia.
Examples of tasks:
- Assisting in all aspects of implementing the environment, energy, and climate change programme according to the Ministry's guidelines and business procedures
- Assisting in the cooperation with key Indonesian government partners, local NGOs, and local as well as international consultants
- Participating in external stakeholder meetings
- Conducting research in the area of environment, energy, and climate change and draft reports on topical issues
- Receiving and processing tenders and contracts
Communication and Politics
The Embassy works to promote political cooperation and knowledge about Indonesia in Denmark and the strong opportunities the country holds for Danish know-how and expertise. The Embassy is looking for an intern to can help develop and implement an ambitious communication strategy, produce articles and social media updates, and assist in tasks within the Political Team. In addition to this, the intern will also contribute with communication tasks for other teams. The intern will gain rich knowledge about political processes in Indonesia and how to effectively communicate to both Danish and Indonesian audiences. The intern will also play a significant role in developing the Embassy’s political communication framework.
Examples of tasks:
- Helping cultivate the Embassy's network of Danish and Indonesian journalists
- Spearheading the Embassy's digital diplomacy on social media platforms
- Preparing reports on Indonesian foreign and domestic politics and other relevant developments in ASEAN
- Contributing in assignments within public diplomacy, press work, and media handling
- Assisting in implementing the Embassy’s Good Governance programme
- Acting as a partner for the Ambassador and the Deputy Head of Mission in developing the Embassy’s communication strategy
All four interns are assisting in branding Denmark through the use of social media in the world’s largest Twitter population, which also has more than 50 million Facebook users. The interns should be ready to participate in a range of activities outside the “normal” team assignments, not least related to high-level visits that require an extraordinary effort from all teams at the Embassy. This involves partaking in the planning of events and facilitating Public Diplomacy programmes and mini grants, etc.
General conditions and requirements
The internship should ideally constitute an educational component in your Master’s degree. The internship must contribute to the student’s education and will, to the extent possible, be structured in a manner that ensures ECTS credit. It will be possible to complete an extensive assignment within an area of interest in order to obtain the required credit commanded by the student’s University. Assignments will be solved in cooperation with both Danish and Indonesian employees.
The intern must be a Danish citizen or have a prolonged affiliation with Denmark. It is furthermore a prerequisite that the intern is enrolled in a Danish or foreign institution of higher education during the internship. The intern must have finished a Bachelor or similar at university level. Strong English proficiency in both verbal and written language is required along with user level IT skills.
Financial support, accommodation and health insurance
The internship is unpaid but the Embassy provides a monthly subsidy (currently DKK 2,500) intended to partially support expenditures in relation to accommodation, health insurance and board. It is possible to remain eligible for SU during the internship according to the applicable rules. Interns also have the opportunity to seek grants from relevant institutions.
The intern is responsible for finding own accommodation, but the previous interns will usually be able to assist in this and other practical matters.
It is a condition that the intern takes out a health and accident insurance that covers the entire stay in Indonesia.
Security clearance and contract
Interns must be security cleared prior to the beginning of the internship. The Embassy will initiate this process as part of the finalisation of the application process.
A contract will be drafted prior to the beginning of the internship.
Interested applicants are encouraged to read the travel information for Indonesia published on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (www.um.dk). Further questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An application containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a copy of your diploma(s),and any recommendations should be send to email@example.com as a single PDF-file. Please write “Intern” and the position you wish to apply for; for instance “Intern - Danida Business”.
Deadline for application
Applications for the internship starting August 1st should be submitted by March 10th. Selected candidates will be contacted for a personal interview and will have to complete a written test in English.