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The Danish Embassy in Jakarta offers internship positions for a duration of six months, beginning in February and August. The application deadline for August internships is March 2nd and the deadline for February internships is September 8th.

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 government-to-government relations.

What does an intern at the Embassy actually do? Watch the video below:

Working for Denmark in Indonesia 

Indonesia, the World’s fourth most populous country with around 270 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 internship positions offer educational and challenging assignments for Danish students within the following three sector clusters at the embassy:

  • Green Cluster
  • Red Cluster
  • Blue Cluster

Read more about the different clusters and general requirements below. All of the clusters cover a broad range of topics and to some extent we are open to tailor the positions to the interest and background of the applicants if it fits with the priorities of the embassy.

Green cluster

In the green cluster, the focus is first of all on the two Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSCs) on energy and environment. In addition, the team also supports the commercial interests of green Danish companies in Indonesia through Trade Council assignments.    

The Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) on the energy sector focuses on direct collaboration between the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the Danish Energy Agency - though other agencies and stakeholders are also involved. The focus is to support the green transition in Indonesia by applying Danish experiences and knowledge where applicable. Denmark and Indonesia share mutual interests and the ambitious climate targets of Indonesia require strong support. The Government-to-Government (G2G) cooperation aims at strengthening policies as well as paving the way for new business opportunities. Furthermore, the cooperation aims to enable Indonesia to reach their climate and energy policy targets.

The SSC on Environment is a partnership between the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (Miljøstyrelsen) the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry and a number of other relevant government and private stakeholders. Among the objectives of the SSC to provide focus on a sector where Denmark and Indonesia have mutual interests and where policies and regulation may be strengthened and business opportunities may occur. In Indonesia, the SSC on Environment has a focus on Circular Economy and Solid Waste Management.

On the commercial side, the embassy is experiencing a strong demand from Danish companies and investors within areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste to energy and waste-water treatment that are interested in doing business in Indonesia. It is the responsibility of the green cluster team to support those companies through tasks such as market research, partner identification, planning of business delegation and other assignments.

As an intern in the green cluster, you will participate in meetings with ministries, workshops and seminars and communicate with relevant Danish authorities as part of supporting the implementation of the SSC programs. You are also expected to be ready to contribute to other important tasks in the team such as climate advocacy and the implementation of multilateral development programs. In addition, the intern will take part in an outreach to the private sector as collaboration partner and be ready to contribute to the commercial assignments in the green cluster if needed.

Examples of tasks:

  • Organising and participating in fairs
  • Planning public diplomacy events, workshops and seminars
  • Helping to cultivate the Embassy's network of Indonesian partners in various areas within climate, energy and environment
  • Preparing posts and updating social media with relevant energy and climate activities
  • Assisting in aspects of managing the strategic sector cooperation
  • Providing background analysis and preparing written reports on Indonesian energy politics
  • Conduct market research and retrieve specific market details
  • Prepare presentations and organise delegation/company visits

Red Cluster

The red cluster covers food & agriculture, health, tech and IPR including both government-to-government cooperation and trade promotion.

On the food side, the embassy manages a Strategic Sector Cooperation on agriculture, which is implemented, by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fødevarestyrelsen) and the Indonesian government. The main focus of the cooperation is on food production and efficiency, dairy, nutrition and ecology. Recently, the food & agriculture team has been strengthened with a Minister Counsellor who has been tasked to spearhead development of commercial leads within the food & agriculture sector.

When it comes to health, tech and IPR, collaboration with the private sector is the main driver. However, within the health sector, a government-to-government MoU has been signed and concrete activities are being implemented within digital health, access to health and Non-Communicable Diseases in close cooperation with relevant stakeholders.   

As an intern in the red cluster, you will support the daily management of the SSC program, which involves participation in meetings with ministries, network meetings, progress reporting and communication with relevant Danish authorities and private stakeholders. Moreover, you are expected to contribute when it comes to market research, meetings and business delegations within all areas of the red cluster if necessary.

Examples of tasks:

  • Organising participation in fairs and planning public diplomacy events, workshops, seminars and business delegation visits
  • Helping to cultivate the Embassy's network of Indonesia's partners in various areas within agriculture, health, tech and IPR.
  • Updating social media with the teams' relevant activities
  • Assisting in aspects of managing the strategic sector cooperation
  • Providing business case assessments to Danish companies
  • Preparing written reports on Indonesian politics, market studies etc.
  • Conduct market research and retrieve specific market details
  • Prepare presentations and organise delegation/company visits

Blue Cluster

The blue cluster is a broad team focusing on political and economic affairs, security, ASEAN, maritime, defense, culture and public diplomacy.

On the political side, the embassy is monitoring and reporting on political and economic developments in Indonesia, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and ASEAN. The political team is also heading the planning of high-level visits and is responsible for the cooperation with a police-training center and closing of old development projects. In addition, the blue cluster manages the embassy’s social media strategy along with culture and public diplomatic projects.

When it comes to maritime affairs, the embassy supports the implementation of a new government-to-government project between the Danish Maritime Authority and several Indonesian ministries that focus on marine spatial planning and green maritime practices. More generally, the blue cluster team also has a strong focus on supporting Danish commercial interests within the maritime and defense sectors.

As an intern in the blue cluster, you are expected to help develop and implement an ambitious communication strategy, produce articles and social media updates for all teams, and assist when it comes to culture and public diplomacy project. Moreover, you are expected to contribute when it comes to market research, meetings and business delegations within all areas of the blue cluster if necessary.

Examples of tasks:

  • Helping cultivate the Embassy's network of Danish and Indonesian journalists
  • Managing 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
  • Acting as a partner for the Ambassador and the Deputy Head of Mission in developing the Embassy’s communication strategy. 
  • Organising participation in fairs and planning public diplomacy events, workshops, seminars and business delegation visits     
  • Conduct market research and retrieve specific market details

Cross-cutting tasks
All 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 programs and mini grants, etc.

Confidentiality
To ensure safeguarding of information, all interns will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement on their first day at work. It is important to emphasize that information obtained during official meetings may be classified and may not be shared with external parties including Danish companies. In relation to that, there will be certain meetings were interns are not permitted join.

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.

Duration
6 months. 

Qualifications
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 3,000) 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.

Further information
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 [email protected].

Application
An application containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a copy of your diploma(s),and any recommendations should be send to 
[email protected] as a single PDF-file. Please write “Intern” and the position you wish to apply for; for instance “Intern - Red Cluster”.

Deadline for application
Applications for the internship starting August 1st should be submitted by March 2nd. Deadline for the internship starting in February is September 8th. Selected candidates will be contacted for a personal interview and will have to complete a written test in English.