Intern in Australia

From six weeks to a year, in Sydney or Melbourne, you get to decide where you will intern and for how long. After hours, join your colleagues to soak up all Australia has to offer.

1. What is the cost of the program? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Intern in Australia can be found on the Price and Dates page.   

2. When are the program fees due?

Program Fees for Intern in Australia are due based on the start date of your internship. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

There are three easy steps in the Application process.

1) Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc.  

2) Pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost.

3) Submit: Internship Pre-Placement form, Official Transcript from your Home College or University, Current Resume, Applicant Profile, and CISabroad Scholarship Application (optional).

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. Applications for Intern in Australia are accepted on a rolling basis.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For almost all CISabroad programs, you WILL NEED A PASSPORT. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Intern in Australia, you will need a visa. You will receive specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to the program.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For Intern in Australia, the GPA requirement is 2.5.

6. What are my housing options?

Intern in Australia gives you flexibility in your housing. If you are interning in Sydney, you can choose a more independent experience and live in a shared house or apartment with other interns. In Melbourne, students will experience true Australian family life through a homestay.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. Are the internships paid positions?

No, the internships are not paid positions, but they are an irreplaceable way to build your resume! If you are interested in receiving academic credit for your internship, you should contact your academic advisor or education abroad advisor to see if your university offers course credit for internships. 

9. What is the internship matching process?

We custom match each intern with the organization that best meets the interests, skills, and goals of the intern. To best accomplish this, all interns must go through the application process, which includes indicating their top two fields of interest. Interns will also interview with the CISabroad Program Coordinator and/or the On-Site matching team. Once the $500 match deposit has been paid, the On-Site team will move forward to match the intern with an organization in his or her top two fields of interest.

10. What is the difference between an Intern Abroad and a Study Internship program?

The difference between an intern and a study intern with CISabroad is that a study internship allows you to take classes, earn credit, and participate in an internship in the same program! The intern abroad program is solely focused on your professional experience and may or may not include credit.

11. Can I intern in my major?

Yes! It is possible to intern in your major. The process is highly individualized so that your placement is the best match! For Intern in Australia, check out our placement and credits page to see sample placements.

12. Why do I have to pay a $500 internship matching deposit?

The $500 internship matching deposit is an extremely important part of the matching process and is part of the program fees. It is not an extra fee. The deposit represents a commitment from you to participate in our internship program, which allows CISabroad to confidently contact organizations on your behalf in order to find the best match possible!  

As a student on Intern in Australia, you will receive excellent support. From the time you apply to our program until you are well adjusted into your internship in Australia, we are with you every step of the way. Onsite staff is there to help with any issues, or just to chat about your new experience. They also facilitate group activities and events to enhance your cultural experience in Australia.

Upon arrival in Australia, you will be picked up at the airport and taken to your housing in the city in which you’ve chosen to intern. Due to the flexibility of this program, a welcome orientation takes place every Friday, so regardless of your start date, you’ll get to participate. This on-site orientation covers important aspects of living in Australia, including health, safety, and general cultural differences, and will help you acclimate as quickly as possible to your new home and new work environment.

If you choose to intern in Sydney, you will have the option of participating in weekly social functions where you can gather with other students on Intern in Australia and chat about how your workweek went. This is a great way to meet new friends and also to network. You will truly enjoy the hands-on learning aspect of an internship placement in Australia!

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? Scholarship and grants are awarded for everything from applying early to blogging about your intern abroad experience to taking photos of the fabulous scenery on a weekend excursion or volunteering with a local green organization!

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

You can choose to do an international internship in either Sydney or Melbourne- two great cities with so much to offer!

Sydney is a bustling cosmopolitan city that gives you the best combination of culture, history, and scenic landscapes. The largest city in Australia has a multicultural population of around 4 million people. Its location on the Tasman Sea gives it the famous Sydney Harbor. You’ll have an endless list of things to do in this amazing city, including visiting the Sydney Opera House, checking out the numerous restaurants and cafes, sampling local wines, and enjoying the year-round sunshine. 

Melbourne is smaller than Sydney, at 3.2 million people, but it is no less enticing! It’s one of the centers of art, fashion, education, culture, entertainment, delicious cuisine, and shopping in Australia. It was voted the Most Livable City in the world, for good reason! The friendly atmosphere and incredible natural beauty make Melbourne an ideal place to live.

CISabroad’s Site Director in Australia:

Jason was born and bred in Newcastle, Australia where he currently lives with his wife and four children. He is well travelled spending time backpacking around Australia, Europe, UK, New Zealand and Asia. He has worked in the South Pacific region, including several visits to Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Fiji.

He has had a career in International Education for over 13 years, with a focus on supporting students with a range of welfare, practical and personal support. He has run orientation programs, information sessions, and excursions for thousands of students. He has provided them the best opportunities to engage and integrate with the local community and ensured a safe and rewarding student experience. As the Site Director for Australia, he will show students how amazing Australia is! He has put together a cultural, fun, exciting, and adventurous orientation program for our own students! 

His background and experience is a huge benefit to CISabroad students coming to Australia. He will be available for assistance 24 hours a day and will be in regular communication with students during their stay. His main objective is to ensure participants have a safe and enjoyable experience while fulfilling their academic goals.

We’ve got internships of all lengths that fit your needs. The key to an Internship in Australia is flexibility. You can intern for six weeks, a year, or anything in between, at any time of year, with placements that fit your professional and academic needs.

We’ve worked abroad, and we’ll help you make the most of it. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad, and you’ll benefit from our experience. We’ve fallen in love with Australia, and we can’t wait for work in Sydney, Australia and discover it for yourself!

We’ve got some of the most affordable internships in Australia! Whether you want a quick summer internship or a 3–4 month internship during the semester, CISabroad Intern in Australia helps you go without breaking the bank. Lower costs mean more money for traveling through this amazing country.

On Intern in Australia, you’ll find that our international internships are customized to match your interests and your desired length of stay in Australia. You can choose a 6, 8, or 12-week internship. You also get to choose where you want to intern. Do you want to live in historic Sydney or hip Melbourne? On Intern in Australia, you’ll experience:

A custom internship placement – We understand that you aren’t interning in Australia to brew coffee and make photocopies. Luckily, your internship in Australia is tailored to fit: we will find you a placement that takes into account your career goals, interests, and skills.

Your choice of accommodation Intern in Australia provides you with a few options when it comes to housing. You can do a homestay in Australia or share an apartment with other student interns who will also work in Sydney or Melbourne!

Live the “work hard, play hard” mentality – Although Australians take their workday quite seriously, they take their time off seriously as well. Catch an Aussie Rules Football match, hang out in a local pub, or go snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef with other interns. 

360° Networking Toolkit - You will receive business cards, resume/interview coaching, and an internship completion certificate. You’ll also gain access to a seminar series on topics such as developing and maximizing a LinkedIn account, interview expectations, adding the experience to your resume, and more! Jump-start your career with the CISabroad global network!

If you've always wanted to work in Sydney or Melbourne or just want to gain experience in the profession of your dreams, check out all Intern in Australia has to offer. Here are just a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • Diverse international internship placements
  • Intern in Melbourne or Sydney
  • Work with Australians and people from all over the world
  • Comprehensive orientation and on-site support
  • Easy access to the Sydney Opera House, the Outback, beaches, and so much more!
  • Optional trips to places such as Hunter Valley, the Blue Mountains, Canberra, and Melbourne, where you can go on surf excursions, whale watching, dolphin watching and more! 

Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley is one of the most popular destinations in Australia, with more than 2.5 million people visiting the region each year.  Visitors can enjoy scenic cruises on Lake Macquarie and the Hunter River or explore the surrounding wine country, restaurants, shops, golf courses, etc.  There are also a number of national parks located in the region that are perfect spots to walk around in or enjoy a picnic!
 
The Blue Mountains
This area is a great spot for hikers, climbers, and nature buffs alike!  The Blue Mountains and the surrounding areas are home to over 400 different forms of mammals; from rare species like the koala and the spotted-tail quoll to platypus and grey kangaroos.  Also located in the area is the Giant Stairway, the Three Sisters, and the Jenolan Caves, all wonderful places to hike and explore while visiting the Blue Mountains.
 
Canberra
The city of Canberra is Australia’s capital city and is the country’s largest inland city, with a population of 367,000 people.  Canberra is home to many of the country’s national institutions and monuments, so the city is perfect for history enthusiasts.  Popular sites in Canberra include the National Portrait Gallery, the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Museum, the Australian War Memorial, the Parliament House, the National Botanic Gardens, the National Dinosaur Museum, and the National Zoo and Aquarium.
 
Melbourne
Melbourne was recently voted as the “world’s most liveable city” so it has a ton to offer its visitors.  The city is also an international cultural center and hosts festivals, musicals, live performances, gallery exhibits, and sporting events throughout the year.  Whatever you end up seeing in Melbourne, don’t forget to take the time to appreciate its mix of modern and nineteenth and twentieth century architecture, or its extensive street-art laden pathways which have been placed the city alongside Berlin and New York as one of the world’s best street-art hubs.

You can select a program for 6, 8 or 12-weeks. Your start date is flexible too. We encourage you to stay as long as you can to get the most out of your internship placement and immerse yourself in the local culture. Internships are customized based on your field of interest and resume.

Internships are available in the following fields*:

Business
    •    Accounting
    •    Advertising
    •    Event Planning/Management
    •    Finance
    •    Hospitality/Tourism
    •    Human Resource Management
    •    Marketing
    •    Sports Management

Communications
    •    Communication
    •    Public Relations

Health Science
    •    Food Studies/Nutrition

Social Sciences & Humanities
    •    Anthropology
    •    Criminology/Law
    •    Education
    •    Political Science
    •    Social Work

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
    •    Engineering
    •    Information Technology

Visual/Performing Arts & Design
    •    Architecture
    •    Fashion Design
    •    Graphic Design
    •    Photography

Don't see your field? Contact an advisor and we'll be happy to help find the best internship for you!

*Placements in the fields above are not guaranteed due to the changing needs of the local businesses/organizations and applicant qualifications. We always try to make the best match for you!

Please note that while the majority of our internship placements are in Sydney and Melbourne, if you are interested in another location in Australia, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you.


You may be able to receive undergraduate academic credit for your internship through CISabroad’s partnership with Plymouth State University or through your school. 

Option 1: Credit through CISabroad
Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed below. Note: the field is listed, the Plymouth State University course number that will appear on your transcript, as well as the range of credits available. Contact an advisor to see if the the following fields are available in your study abroad location. 

Course Name/
Syllabus
Course
Number
Credits Applicable Fields for Transfer Credit
Art History AH 4880 3-6 Museum Studies, Curation
Business  BU 4600 3-12  Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Finance, International 
Communications and Media Studies
CM 3950 3-6  Advertising, Communication, Film and Television, Journalism, Public Relations.

students must have taken "Intro to Media and Cultural Studies" and "Intro to Communication"
Criminal Justice CJ 4580 3-6  Criminology, Law, Political Science
Dance DN 4410 3-12      
English  EN 4950 3-12 English and Literature 
only offered as pass/fail. 
Environmental Planning  EPL 3960 3-6  Environmental Science and Sustainable Development
Graphic Design
AG 4900 3-6  only offered to students with senior status (students must have completed the equivalent of 90 credits).
History HI 4000 3-6       
Music  MU 4410 3-12      
Philosophy  HI 4000     
Social Sciences SO 3910 3-6 Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science.
Theater  TH 4410 3-12      
Tourism Management  TMP 4000 3-12  Eco-tourism, Hospitality, Tourism, Recreational Management.

Eligibility
To receive credit from CISabroad through Plymouth State University, interns must have completed a minimum of 60 hours (approximately 2 full years) of college or university credit before going on the program and be majoring or minoring in one of the fields listed above.

Cost
There is an $800 fee for interns who wish to receive credit from Plymouth State University. There is no price difference for 3, 6, 9, or 12 credits.

How is credit given?
Credit will be assessed and given based on the successful completion of a variety of assignments. Assignments include an essays, journals, and evaluations and will be assessed based on the grading rubric.

  • Minimum 3 page pre-departure paper based on intern’s goals for the program
  • Directed, reflective internship journal completed by intern during the program (four entries)
  • Mid-term Online Evaluation completed by intern
  • Evaluation completed by internship supervisor
  • 8-10 page reflective essay on overall learning experience


Credit is given in letter grade format (A,B,C,D,F) in a specific academic discipline. The amount of credit is awarded based on the number of hours interned: 120 hours = 3 credits, 240 hours = 6 credits, 360 hours = 9 credits, 480 hours = 12 credits. Interns will receive a transcript 6-10 weeks after the program ends stating the grade and the number of credits earned. The number of hours that can be completed depends on type of internship and location.

Plymouth State University, CISabroad’s accrediting partner, is a NEASC accredited institution with over 20 years of experience awarding internship credit both domestically and internationally. Plymouth State University has been nationally recognized for its commitment to the environment and for innovative programs that are making an impact both regionally and globally.


Option 2: Credit through your university

Many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Contact your study abroad office, academic advisor, or career services to see if this option is available at your school!

We’ve tried to make the internship application process as smooth and simple as possible to ensure a quality experience for you. Follow the steps below to a fantastic internship abroad!

Step 1: Complete the CISabroad Online Internship Application to begin the application process.
Step 2: Pay the $200 application deposit and have your pre-acceptance interview with a member of our staff. This is NOT an extra fee, but a deposit applied towards your total program fee.
Step 3: Submit the following documents to CISabroad to complete your Intern Abroad Application Checklist. (Please note that CISabroad needs your COMPLETE application 90 days prior to the start month of your program in order to accept you):
    •    Applicant Profile
    •    Approval Contact Form
    •    Internship Questionnaire
    •    Current Resume
    •    Official Transcript from home college or university
    •    Optional Scholarship Application
    •    Program-Specific Materials
    ◦    copy of passport as soon as you have one

Step 4: Complete a Skype or phone interview so our Australia based placement team can learn more about your skills, interests, and ideal internship to determine which placement may be the best match.
Step 5: After all of your materials have been received at CISabroad, wait for your acceptance decision! Once accepted, you will be sent an online pre-departure orientation with more information about your program and the placement process.
Step 6: Submit the $500 internship deposit within 2 weeks of interview with Australian placement team.  This is NOT an extra fee, but a deposit applied towards your total program fee. Matching process will then begin and you may be contacted for a phone or skype interview with possible supervisors in Australia.
Step 7: As your internship departure date approaches you will receive an internship placement confirmation packet with placement details to sign and return to the US based CISabroad Australia program coordinator.
Step 8: Off you go and the fun begins. You’ll be greeted at the airport by a local staff member and begin  your Australian adventure!

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

Intern in Australia gives you flexibility in your housing. If you are interning in Sydney, you can choose a more independent experience and live in a shared house or apartment with other interns. In this housing option, your house/apartment is fully furnished, and linens, internet, and phone service are available at a small additional cost. You will have your own room unless you tell us that you’d like to share with a friend. If you want to experience true Australian family life, home stays may be available upon request. In Melbourne, students automatically get to experience true Australian family life through living in a home stay.

Interns in Sydney must provide their own food, and all apartments have full kitchens. In Melbourne, most meals are included in the home stay (breakfast and dinner on weekdays; breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekends). All housing options can be reached through public transportation. Please keep in mind that while we will make every effort to find you housing close to your internship, some commuting is required.