Intern in Sydney

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Explore your dream job with a customized internship in Sydney.

Develop professionally and experience the wonders of Sydney and Australia! Our Intern in Sydney program has amazing field flexibility, with internships customized to match your interests and your desired length of stay in Australia. Internships last a minimum of 8 weeks, but we encourage you to stay as long as you can to absorb the “work hard, play hard” Aussie 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.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: U.S credit may be available through CIS Abroad and/or your home university
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

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

Internship Placements

Art and Design internships available in Australia

Below are a few sample Art and Design placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Art and Design internships
<h4>Graphic Design Intern for Drink Company</h4>

Graphic Design Intern for Drink Company

Work for a young, fast moving drink company with new products coming to market all the time. You’ll work on the graphic design team, assisting with the company’s product launches as part of the overall marketing scheme.

<h4>Graphic Design Intern at Mentor Matching Service</h4>

Graphic Design Intern at Mentor Matching Service

Get ready to digitally dive into this role. You’ll help the organization with a range of graphic design services, and you’ll gain experience in social media marketing, content marketing, email marketing, and website design and development. To be successful in this role, you’ll have an interest in and understanding of web design.

<h4>Design Intern at Interior Design Company</h4>

Design Intern at Interior Design Company

Are you ready to get your hands on visually exciting projects? You’ll work as part of a team to provide high-quality products and services to clients, and you’ll attend regular team meetings. Our internship supervisor will help guide your projects which could include mock-ups for client meetings or improving social media outreach

Business & Economics internships available in Australia

Below are a few sample Business & Economics placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Business & Economics internships
<h4>Operations Intern at Career Pathways Company</h4>

Operations Intern at Career Pathways Company

Work under the operations manager of a team of career consultants. “What we say is what we do” is the motto here. In this role, you’ll have the opportunity to be the initial point of contact for new entrants to a career path course, and your duties include managing registrations and rosters, assigning tasks, and uploading applications.

<h4>Accounting Intern at Debt Relief Agency</h4>

Accounting Intern at Debt Relief Agency

Collaborate with experienced consultants from this company to advise clients on how to remove the burdens of their debt. Rather than sell products, you’ll work on the accounting data and client account reports to facilitate the organization’s work.

<h4>Corporate Paralegal at Law Firm</h4>

Corporate Paralegal at Law Firm

Work in business law in a multi-cultural, corporate, and commercial law firm, with specialist expertise in tax and superannuation. You’ll attend property settlements, draft general legal research and other writings, and register client documentation. Expect to work as a team and learn from seasoned professionals happy to pass on their knowledge.

Engineering internships available in Australia

Below are a few sample Engineering placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Engineering internships
<h4>Chemical Engineering Intern</h4>

Chemical Engineering Intern

Put your educational background in chemical engineering to use in Australia. Gain professional experience at an Industrial Paint Company. Learn quality control (QC) test methods, the production of paints and allied materials by testing, and approving regular production in process and finished goods under supervision, among other things.

<h4>Aerospace Engineering/ Aviation Intern</h4>

Aerospace Engineering/ Aviation Intern

Discover the exciting world of aerospace engineering while exploring the Australian lifestyle. In your work you will assist with maintenance planning activities, draft maintenance records for activities performed, and review current maintenance processes and procedures for improvements.

<h4>Industrial Engineering Intern at Heating Solution Supplier</h4>

Industrial Engineering Intern at Heating Solution Supplier

This supplier of floor heating products is a successful company in Sydney. They have a dedicated product line, for which they are consistently striving to improve the design. Your work will be to facilitate the production of new design work for hydronic and electric floor heating systems, as well as testing gas and electric radiant heaters.

Entrepreneurship internships available in Australia

Below are a few sample Entrepreneurship placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Entrepreneurship internships
<h4>Marketing Intern at Online Beauty Products Company</h4>

Marketing Intern at Online Beauty Products Company

Join a growing online retailer of beauty and skin products as their marketing and content management intern. The company started a few years ago with only three employees, but has grown to over 20. You’d be part of the marketing team that focuses on brand management, and creating new content for social media and their website.

<h4>Event Management Intern with Education Company</h4>

Event Management Intern with Education Company

This new company’s goal is to provide education to migrants from all over the world. The education focus is on developing general knowledge and language, while also preparing them for life in Australia. You will coordinate events for the immigrants, promoting the company’s services and growing the clientele.

<h4>Business Development Intern at Consulting Firm</h4>

Business Development Intern at Consulting Firm

Work for a small consulting firm that has recently entered the market, providing data and analysis primarily in the international freight and shipping world. You’ll do a little bit of everything, including market research, data analysis, and creation of advertisements.

Environmental & Sustainability internships available in Australia

Below are a few sample Environmental & Sustainability placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Environmental & Sustainability internships
<h4>Environmental Engineering Intern at Environmental Policy Company</h4>

Environmental Engineering Intern at Environmental Policy Company

You’ll work with an environmental policy company as a sustainability engineering intern. You’ll work on internal training sessions and data analysis, and spend time in the field when necessary. The company works to reduce the carbon footprint by enacting legislation, consulting other companies, and providing educational materials on the importance of sustainability for everyone.

<h4>Business Development Intern for Environmental Sustainability Consulting NGO</h4>

Business Development Intern for Environmental Sustainability Consulting NGO

This non-governmental organization works to raise awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability and how businesses can play a role. The organization provides companies with information on their current environmental footprint and how they can improve it. Among other tasks, you’ll do research, write reports, and help with event management.

<h4>Analysis Intern for Energy Auditing Company</h4>

Analysis Intern for Energy Auditing Company

Work for an environmental consultancy firm that specializes in accessing energy efficiencies at different projects around Australia. You’ll use state of the art software to help codify how a project is doing, and create easy to understand presentations for other teams. You must have ESD software experience and be able to communicate well.

Finance internships available in Australia

Below are a few sample Finance placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Finance internships
<h4>Accounting Intern for Multinational Property and Investment Company</h4>

Accounting Intern for Multinational Property and Investment Company

This host company is a leading property and investment group in Australia. Among other tasks, you’ll work alongside their payroll and accounts team, cleaning up codes for allowances and deductions, reviewing payment procedures, and streamlining the process of payments. This is a great opportunity for someone in accounting that wants to work for a multinational company.

<h4>Finance Intern for Loan Company</h4>

Finance Intern for Loan Company

The host company provides home, business, and commercial loans to companies all over Australia. You’ll do critical risk analysis, review relevant credit policies, and process financial applications from beginning to end. This is a finance only internship, with no accounting.

<h4>Financial Analysis Intern for Mortgage Broker</h4>

Financial Analysis Intern for Mortgage Broker

Work with a mortgage broker as their financial analysis intern. You’ll look at performance indicators, do in depth research, produce reports, and help maintain the database. In addition, you’ll do general administrative tasks to support the firm.

Government & Politics internships available in Australia

Below are a few sample Government & Politics placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Government & Politics internships
<h4>Communications Intern at Government Consulting Firm</h4>

Communications Intern at Government Consulting Firm

This business is in the private sector, but works alongside governments of all sizes (town, state, federal) to help them become more efficient and accomplish their goals. You’ll work directly with local government on key strategies in the communication and IT worlds. In addition, there is market research to conduct and proposals to put together.

<h4>Legal Intern at large accounting firm</h4>

Legal Intern at large accounting firm

Work for a large accounting firm based in Sydney as a legal intern. You’ll work on a wide variety of tasks, including meeting with creditors, researching and reading bankruptcy act files, and gathering and/or reviewing relevant information to any ongoing investigations. In addition, you’ll participate in the firm’s training programs, ensuring they are proactive and accurate.

<h4>Law Intern at Australian Supreme Court</h4>

Law Intern at Australian Supreme Court

Imagine yourself in the ivory halls of New South Wales’ Supreme Court building. As a law intern in Australia, you’ll primarily assist in the marshaling of evidence. You’ll also conduct legal research and attend court hearings to observe proceedings.

Health internships available in Australia

Below are a few sample Health placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Health internships
<h4>Psychology Admin Intern at Psychotherapy Clinic</h4>

Psychology Admin Intern at Psychotherapy Clinic

This clinic focuses on therapy for children, adolescents, adults, and couples. You’ll receive first-hand experience observing psychologists in practice, and you’ll help to administer testing for clients. Working with a team of dedicated psychology professionals will increase you knowledge and skills.

<h4>Lab Scientist in Training at University Laboratory</h4>

Lab Scientist in Training at University Laboratory

This company uses a university lab to perform experiments that further scientific research, including immunohistochemistry and electrophysiological recordings from brain slices. You’ll work with cutting-edge biomedical devices every day in order to fulfill your internship requirements, increasing your knowledge and skills.

Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning internships available in Australia

Below are a few sample Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning internships
<h4>Event Planning Intern at Deluxe Hotel</h4>

Event Planning Intern at Deluxe Hotel

This deluxe hotel chain in Australia is the perfect setting for your international work experience. You’ll assist with event preparation, manage calendars of talent and internal staff, and learn how to consult with other executives, staff, and board members about operations.

<h4>Tourism Management Intern at Luxury Mountain Escapes</h4>

Tourism Management Intern at Luxury Mountain Escapes

Never a dull moment in the life of a professional in hospitality and tourism management with this organization. You’ll have the opportunity to support the development and running of training programs. You may also be asked to manage training events, book venues, plan travel, prepare and collate training materials and supplies for courses, and manage registrations.

IT and Computer Systems internships available in Australia

Below are a few sample IT and Computer Systems placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with IT and Computer Systems internships
<h4>Ethical Hacking Intern at Online Securities Company</h4>

Ethical Hacking Intern at Online Securities Company

This unique internship allows you to be involved in ethical hacking. The host organization scans the protection systems of many companies to make sure they are secure, sometimes trying to hack their way in. You’ll receive training on this and work to find vulnerabilities in other company’s security systems.

<h4>Networking Intern at IT Services Company</h4>

Networking Intern at IT Services Company

In this organization, support is the main motto. You’ll spend your time securing networks and ensuring that all operating systems are functional without redundancies. Brush the dust off of your database management skills too, because those will come in handy.

<h4>Info Systems Intern at Educational Branding Organization</h4>

Info Systems Intern at Educational Branding Organization

Be part of an organization that creates and delivers engaging education to the classroom by imparting messages and connecting brands. You’ll conduct account management, business analysis and information systems development to increase the digital impact of the educational programs. Leave a lasting impression on Australian schools by building out a digital infrastructure for this company.

Info Systems Intern at Educational Branding Organization

Be part of an organization that creates and delivers engaging education to the classroom by imparting messages and connecting brands. You’ll conduct account management, business analysis and information systems development to increase the digital impact of the educational programs. Leave a lasting impression on Australian schools by building out a digital infrastructure for this company.

Marketing Advertising & PR internships available in Australia

Below are a few sample Marketing Advertising & PR placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Marketing Advertising & PR internships
<h4>Content Manager at Herbal Tea Producer</h4>

Content Manager at Herbal Tea Producer

The content you create will be as fresh as the tea this company sells. You’ll work directly with the company’s founder to promote the brand through strategic blogs posts, social media, and design. You may also acquire experience with event management. If you’re looking for a well-rounded internship placement, look no further.

<h4>E-Commerce Marketing Intern at Digital Strategy Firm</h4>

E-Commerce Marketing Intern at Digital Strategy Firm

This organization focuses on increasing businesses’ sales by developing and implementing digital strategies. In particular, you’ll help take clients to the next level by brainstorming marketing strategies with the director. You’ll also learn how to use data tools, such as Google Analytics, WordPress, and MailChimp.

<h4>Digital Marketing Intern at Online Trading Company</h4>

Digital Marketing Intern at Online Trading Company

This organization streamlines the import and export business, and your role will be to connect wholesalers to buyers in an online, business-to-business environment. You’ll write press releases, connect with clients and competitors on social media, write blogs, and dive into email and digital marketing. This is your chance to understand world trade.

Sports and Exercise Science internships available in Australia

Below are a few sample Sports and Exercise Science placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Sports and Exercise Science internships
<h4>Physical Therapy Intern at Sports Rehab Facility</h4>

Physical Therapy Intern at Sports Rehab Facility

You’ll work with a sports rehabilitation facility in Sydney. You’ll work with physical therapists focused on sports injuries and issues, doing patient intake, interviewing the patients, observing the physical therapist’s work, and even assisting at sporting events when needed.

<h4>Therapy Intern with Health and Fitness Center</h4>

Therapy Intern with Health and Fitness Center

This organization provides personal fitness and classes, as well as a large cadre of other services like massage, naturotherapy, and weight loss. You’ll assist in basic administrative tasks, such as confirming appointments, and you’ll have a hand in the supervision of small group rehab and sports injury coordination.

<h4>Treatment Intern at Physical Therapy Company</h4>

Treatment Intern at Physical Therapy Company

Work in Sydney and gain exposure in a busy physical therapy clinic. You’ll work with practitioners who identify problems with accuracy and provide plausible diagnoses. You may observe therapy in practice where possible. You’ll also ensure that patients have completed all necessary forms.

Program Details

Intern for Credit

Want credit for your internship? We can do that for you!

A respected New Hampshire university, Plymouth State University is CIS Abroad’s accrediting partner for internship programs. Plymouth State University 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.

Learn more about interning for credit through Plymouth State University here.

Why Life in 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.

Live La Vida Local

  • Cockatoo Island

    Take the ferry to explore this 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.

Housing in Sydney

Location

Interns will live in shared rooms with access to a full kitchen and public transportation. Watch Grace and Claire’s video tour of their apartment to see what your housing in Sydney might be like.

Meals

Apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen so you can make your own meals. Put your skills to the test and try making some local Aussie dishes!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomShared
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Desk
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Microwave
  • Television

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • CIS Abroad 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
  • Career Launch Toolkit
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Your program will kick off with a comprehensive orientation. You will learn more about the culture and vivacious city around you. We’ll explore some of Sydney’s countless attractions, from beaches to business districts. We’ll also sit down to discuss program and behavioral expectations, with topics such as culture, slang, and where to go and what to do when you settle into your new home in Sydney.

Farewell & 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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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.
Manly Beach

Manly Beach

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

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

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 Australian trinkets.

Site Director

Paloma Domene
Travel Tip:

Looking for a change of pace in Sydney? While you could certainly travel up or down the coast, consider heading into the “hinterland” by taking the train up to the Blue Mountains area. You’ll see spectacular scenery and pass through tiny, welcoming villages.

Travel Tip:

Looking for a change of pace in Sydney? While you could certainly travel up or down the coast, consider heading into the “hinterland” by taking the train up to the Blue Mountains area. You’ll see spectacular scenery and pass through tiny, welcoming villages.

About:

Paloma, originally hailing from Spain, has a background in event production, fashion, as well as a law degree from Seville University and volunteered on the biggest Tattoo Festival in Sydney. She is passionate about animals, sports and vegan food. She lives in Sydney and has over 3 years experience with American study abroad and exchange programming. She is excited to welcome our students and interns to Sydney.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Michelle Everard
Travel Tip:

Journal, journal, journal! Write down the little things, the strange details & whatever made you laugh. It’s the little things that make a trip amazing and are easily the most forgotten.

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

COVID-19 Plan

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country and our risk management team makes decisions based on those and our own policy. We will make a decision no less than 45 days before a program starts what options are available to you and what the contingency plan is for your program. We will do all that we can to support you during this time.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2020/21. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Spring 2021 Programs or consider a Virtual Internship.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: May 1
  • Arrival: September 4
  • Departure: October 30 | November 27 | December 18
  • Price: $6,490 - $8,990
  • Application Deadline: Jun 1
  • Arrival: September 25
  • Departure: November 20 | December 18
  • Price: $6,490 - $8,990
  • Application Deadline: Sep 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: January 10 (Estimated)
  • Departure: March 6 | April 5 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,690 - $8,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Oct 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: February 7 (Estimated)
  • Departure: April 3 | May 1 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,690 - $8,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Feb 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 22 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 18 | August 14 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,690 - $9,490 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 19 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 19 | September 5 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,690 - $9,490 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Spring Terms: 8 Week Internship: $6,690, 12 Week Internship: $8,190, 15 Week Internship: $8,890
Summer Terms: 8 week – Standard Double: $6,690, 8 week – Deluxe Double: $7,490, 12 week- Standard Double: $7,990, 12 week – Deluxe Double: $9,490
Fall Terms: 8 Week Internship: $6,490, 12 Week Internship: $7,990

*$500 supplemental fee for engineering internship placements

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.