Current Vacancies

Internships (applications are accepted throughout the year)

AFS is a bold idea with a courageous mission: we provide intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. AFS Australia regularly offers two internship opportunities. These are offered part-time during Semesters 1 and 2 of each year and full-time over Winter and Summer vacation periods:

  1. Finance and Accounting Internship: We’re looking for interns who want to harness their passion for finance and/or accounting to effect social change and to hone their skills in the ‘third sector’ (i.e., non-profit / charity sector). To be eligible for this internship you should have strong written and verbal communication skills and be comfortable and confident interacting within a small team. The Finance and Accounting Intern will be mentored by our Finance Manager and will have opportunities to attend an intercultural learning workshop during their internship as well as other AFS events and activities. If you’re a real keen-bean, there’s also an opportunity to work on reports and projects to be presented to our Board of Directors.
  2. Marketing and Communication Internship: To be eligible for this internship you must have strong written communication skills (native or near-native fluency in English is essential) and a keen interest in intercultural learning and global citizenship education. Design skills are not required but would be a plus. The Marketing and Communications Intern will be mentored by the Manager of our Programs Team. You’ll have opportunities to attend an intercultural learning workshop during your internship; to participate in other AFS events and activities; and to access communications resources and training tools (usually via webinar) provided by AFS’ international headquarters in New York.

From time to time, we also offer an Intercultural Learning Internship to qualified applicants.

AFS Australia is a highly diverse workplace – our staff represent diverse cultural, linguistic and professional backgrounds. We celebrate difference and welcome interns who also represent and embody diversity. To intern with us, you must be an effective communicator and willing to learn to be a confident decision-maker and a creative problem-solver. We’re always on the lookout for enthusiastic interns who are driven by a passion for intercultural learning, global citizenship and working with young people. (And if you’re an AFS volunteer or returnee, well… that’s even better!).

These internships are unpaid and are only available to Australian or international students who are currently enrolled in an Australian University degree or TAFE program. In accordance with Australian employment laws, the internship you complete with AFS Australia must form a compulsory part of your degree/program or you must receive academic credit for your internship (we take this seriously – you will be required to provide evidence when you apply for your internship).

For more information, please send us your CV and a cover letter in addition to written evidence that your internship forms part of your university degree or TAFE course.


Please direct any enquiries about this position to Fran Baxter, CEO & Partner Director, AFS Intercultural Programs Australia.

What we do

Educate and activate global citizens

AFS prepares and activates future leaders, global citizens and change makers with essential 21st century intercultural skills to engage, lead and collaborate effectively in different cultural settings. Our international exchange, study abroad and volunteer programs are supported by research-based intercultural learning journeys facilitated by trained AFS volunteers and staff.

AFS Exchange and Study Abroad Programs 

From High School Study Abroad, Language Learning, Volunteer Abroad, Gap Year Opportunities, Adult Study Abroad, Internships Abroad, Teacher Exchanges and Summer/ Short-term Study Abroad we are a pioneer on Intercultural Education.

Host Family Programs 

Hosting an AFS student is a rewarding and meaningful intercultural learning adventure for the entire family—sharing cultures, traditions and gaining new perspectives.

Volunteer Opportunities 

AFS local volunteers are the driving force of AFS programs and active at all levels—supporting students and families through their AFS intercultural journeys, participating in governance and policy development and leading social impact projects with local schools and communities.

Intercultural Learning and Global Citizenship Education 

We help people of all ages and backgrounds develop leadership, problem-solving, language and intercultural skills needed to succeed in a global economy and make a positive difference in the world.

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What we believe in

By linking our “learning to live together” philosophy to the defining global issues facing humanity, AFS fosters intercultural understanding as a powerful and productive tool for building a more just and peaceful world. The AFS global community embraces differences and believes our world is stronger and more interesting because of them.

AFS Mission 

AFS Intercultural Programs is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

AFS Values 

AFS enables people to act as responsible global citizens working for peace and understanding in a diverse world. It acknowledge that peace is a dynamic concept threatened by injustice, inequity, and intolerance.

AFS seeks to affirm faith in the dignity and worth of every human being and of all nations and cultures. It encourages respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to race, sex, language, religion or social status.

AFS activities are based on our core values of dignity, respect for differences, harmony, sensitivity and tolerance.

How we make a difference

Living, studying and volunteering across borders and in multicultural communities transforms lives, prepares global citizens and empowers changemakers. That’s what we call “The AFSEffect!” Our global community is:
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Transformative: At different stages on amazing intercultural journeys—living, volunteering, working and collaborating with people around the world.


Multigenerational: A global community of students, young adults, volunteers, families, educators, alumni, and staff engaged and energized working together.


Inclusive: A welcoming, supportive network of confident, open-minded AFSers building bridges across cultures.


Everywhere: Making a difference in communities, across industries and at the forefront of important international issues and social causes.  

AFS Alumni

Be inspired by outstanding AFS alumni demonstrating the power of the #AFSeffect.  AFS has more than 1 million alumni (former participants, volunteers, host families and staff) around the world. If you are interested in reconnecting with AFS or want to find out more about AFS alumni activities.

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The AFS global citizenship education agenda

AFS is an inclusive community of global citizens committed to help the world learn to live together.

What is global citizenship education?

Global citizenship education is a transformative, lifelong pursuit that involves both formal learning and practical experience. Global citizenship education helps people of all ages:

  • Respect cultural, gender, faith and other differences
  • Become more aware of the world beyond our own
  • Understand our responsibilities as members of the global human community
  • Embrace our roles in protecting our planet for a sustainable future
  • Be mindful about how what we do locally impacts the greater world

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AFS Alliances, Affiliations & Memberships


As of 2015, AFS is proud to have entered into a “consultative status” partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This status enables both organizations to collaborate on initiatives of mutual interest and social good.

AFS works closely and creatively with schools, universities, humanitarian and peace groups, governments and other NGOs on the issues that reflect our mission.

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