Dive into your future career in one of the best spots on the planet—Sydney, Australia. On Intern in Australia, we’ll tailor your internship placement to match your career goals, interests, and skills. Not sure how long to live “down under?” Luckily, you can choose a 6, 8, 12, or 15-week internship. Live the “work hard, play hard” mentality. While Australians take their workday quite seriously, they’re also serious about living the good life. Join your new friends to cheer on an Aussie Rules Football match, hang out in a local pub, or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with other interns.
With the CISabroad 360° Networking Toolkit, you’ll 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, enhancing your resume, and more! Jump-start your career with the CISabroad global network!
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Spring: September 1 I October 1
Summer: February 1 I February 15
Fall: May 1 I June 1
- Avg Course Load
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Comprehensive orientation and cultural activities included
- Most affordable way to live and learn in Australia
- Work experience with Australians and people from all over the world
- Internship placement in beautiful Sydney, a bustling, cosmopolitan city
- 24/7 on-site support to help you get adjusted to life in Australia
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Sydney
Welcome and Orientation
Your program will kick off with a bang in the form of the CISabroad Adventure Orientation. This 4 day/3 night orientation will provide you with a unique look into Australian culture and its iconic wildlife. Activities will allow for some excellent adventures and sightseeing, visiting places like the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the Great Barrier Reef! You’ll also get to do things we know you came a long way to do, like holding koalas, snorkeling, and feeding kangaroos.
This comprehensive orientation program isn’t just one big adventure however! We’ll also sit down to discuss program and behavioral expectations, with topics such as academics (they are different from the US!), culture, slang, and where to go and what to do when you settle into your new home in Sydney.
Once you’re settled in Sydney, you’ll also get an orientation on campus to help you get adjusted to your new surrounds and learn your way around Sydney.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to Australia.
- Shared rooms
- Fully furnished, in addition to a shared kitchen
- Close to public transportation
- Located close to the Surry Hills neighborhood of Sydney, which is situated south-east of the city’s central business district
- Cockatoo Island: Take the ferry to explore this a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the middle of beautiful Sydney Harbour.
- Fish Markets: The largest working fish market in the southern hemisphere - open from 7am every day. Book a behind the scenes tour to see the real wholesale auction that kicks off at 5.30am.
- Chinatown and Powerhouse Museum: Find your favorite flavour of dumpling when you visit Chinatown. Then pop to the nearby Powerhouse Museum – this is an interactive museum dedicated to science, technology and design. If you want to grab some bargains you can also stop by Paddys Market!
- Hyde Park: Visit the Australian Museum (Australia’s first museum), the ANZAC memorial, St Mary’s Cathedral and Hyde Park Barracks – a good dose of Aussie culture and history.
More About Sydney
The gateway to Australia, Sydney is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city that combines culture, history, and beautiful scenery! Sydney is Australia’s largest and oldest city, with a multicultural population of nearly four million. Located along the southeast coast of the Tasman Sea, Sydney has one of the world’s most stunning harbors, with easy-to-reach sandy beaches in every direction. As a student studying in Sydney, you can enjoy some of Australia's most famous sites, such as the Sydney Opera House, Harbor Bridge, Bondi Beach, and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
Are you a sports fan? Don't miss out on one of the many fan-driven sporting events within the city. Food enthusiast? Dine on dishes from all over the world thanks to Sydney's international food scene. Want to take a break from the city and enjoy nature? There are five major national parks around Sydney with 8,000 square kilometers of open space, easily accessible by train.
Visitors to Sydney will agree that the city has a reputation as an international center for commerce, arts, fashion, culture, entertainment, music, education, and tourism. Best of all, Sydney has an enjoyable temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters. It's the perfect place to explore the city or hit the beach! With its wide range of cultural, historical, culinary, and sports opportunities, Sydney, Australia, is the perfect location for your study abroad experience.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Taking the ferry over the harbor to Manly is an experience in itself. At the beach, you can sunbathe, try paddle boarding, dine on fish and chips, or take a leisurely bush hike that will lead you to unobstructed views of glimmering water.
Sydney Tower Eye
Visit Sydney's tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. Save this one until you know your way around the city—then head up to the observation deck to see it from above. On a clear day, you'll be surprised what you can spot!
Milson's Point and Kirribilli
Start with a walk over the Harbour Bridge, then visit Luna Park for a bit of theme-park fun. From there, explore the Kirribilli markets for local music, fashion, and Austrailian trinkets.
Advising and Guidance
Step 1: Complete the CISabroad Internship Application and pay $200 application deposit. Then, an advisor will grant you online portal access and schedule an interview to discuss your experience, internship goals, and go over any questions.
Step 2: Start working with your Program Coordinator! You’ll finish your application by completing the forms in your online portal.
Placement and Preparation
Step 3: Upon acceptance, we will schedule another interview between you and the placement team so they can learn more about your skills, your interests, and what type of internship you are looking for.
Step 4: Pay $500 Internship Deposit and work with your Program Coordinator who will help you know what to expect and how to prepare for your time abroad.
Earn Credit Through CISabroad
Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. To learn more please click here.
Internships are available in the following fields:
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!
Art & Design Fields
Health Science Fields
Natural Sciences Fields
Morgan Schuler - University of South Carolina
Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Site Director of Sydney, Australia
Summer 2017: Session 1 (6 - 15 week options)
Application DeadlineFebruary 1ArrivalMay 19OrientationMay 19 - 22DepartureJuly 1 | July 15 | August 12 | September 2PRICE$5,590 - $8,990
Summer 2017: Session 2 (6 - 15 week options)
Application DeadlineFebruary 15ArrivalJune 16OrientationJune 16 - 18DepartureJuly 29 | August 12 | September 9 | September 30PRICE$5,590 - $8,990
Fall 2017: Session 1 (8 & 12 week options)
Application DeadlineMay 1ArrivalSeptember 8OrientationSeptember 8 - 10DepartureOctober 4 | December 2PRICE$6,190 - $8,990
Fall 2017: Session 2 (8 & 12 week options)
Application DeadlineJune 1ArrivalOctober 6OrientationOctober 6 - 8DepartureDecember 2 | December 30PRICE$6,190 - $8,990
Spring 2018: Session 1 (6 - 15 week options)
Application DeadlineSeptember 1ArrivalJanuary 12 (Estimated)OrientationJanuary 12 - 14 (Estimated)DepartureFebruary 24 | March 10 | April 7 | April 28 (Estimated)PRICE$5,590 - $8,290 (Estimated)
Spring 2018: Session 2 (6 - 15 week options)
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalFebruary 9 (Estimated)OrientationFebruary 9 - 11 (Estimated)DepartureMarch 24 | April 7 | May 5 | May 26 (Estimated)PRICE$5,590 - $8,290 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- CISabroad Orientation
- Cultural activities and excursions
- Internship placement and supervision
- Housing (apartment) – Homestay placements available upon request
- Medical and accident insurance
- Pre-departure and onsite orientation
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Airport pickup service
- On-site support
- 360° Networking Toolkit
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program