Study abroad in Sydney with IFSA
Sydney
, Australia

IFSA Summer Internships in Sydney

Program Overview

SIX WEEKS IN A CITY FULL OF CULTURAL TREASURES 

Where else but Sydney can you combine valuable professional experience with an introduction to First Nations culture, Aussie rules football, and the iconic Sydney Opera House?  

IFSA will help you find an ideal match for your goals and interests. Opportunities typically include business, finance, healthcare, education, marketing/communications, and technology/innovation. You might help draft campaign plans at a PR firm. Contribute to research and trendspotting at an industry association. Or help create prototypes or analyze research data for a UX design team.  

Regardless of your placement, you’ll gain global and intercultural work experience and build marketable skills.  

Keep in mind that summertime in the U.S. is wintertime in Australia. Despite this, temps in Sydney average 49° to 62.5°F this time of year—relatively mild for many parts of the U.S. This quieter tourist season also makes it easy to try Sydney’s icons and restaurants without crowds. And with a little travel, your summer in Australia could even include skiing or snowboarding.  

 

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Summer: March 15

Minimum GPA

2.00

Credit load

3

Housing

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

Enhance your learning and develop marketable skills with a six-week summer internship in Sydney.

International Internship Seminar
All internships include participation in the International Internship Seminar, which uses a blended learning framework with online and in-person components. Online modules provide structured opportunities to reflect on the practical experience of the internship, learn more about your host country’s business culture, and further develop the professional skills needed for a successful transition from undergraduate coursework into a career or graduate school. Plus, you will engage with an online global cohort of IFSA internship participants, gaining exposure to business cultures around the world. At your IFSA location, you will meet in-person with fellow interns to participate in exclusive field visits, learn from guest speakers about working across cultures, and attend workshops on leveraging your strengths for your future job search at home or abroad. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

“I was super satisfied with my placement and felt like it was such a great match for me. I will really value this experience for the rest of my life.”

– Rosie, 2021 Intern

INTERNSHIPS
IFSA internships include real-world work experience, along with developing intercultural skills and experiences that are key to personal, academic, and professional success. Expect to devote a total of 120 hours working with your host organization, with supervision from your seminar instructor, coordinated by on-site IFSA team members. In addition, interns complete the International Internship Seminar for 3 U.S. semester credit hours. Internships are not remunerated.

Students will interned at galleries and museums, business incubators, development agencies, religiously affiliated non-profits, marketing firms, and human rights advocacy groups in Sydney.

Your goals are carefully considered, tailoring the placement process to ensure the best possible fit. Keep in mind that final placements depend on your skills, prior experience, and availability. Although every effort is made to match your placement with your preferred field or area of business, it can’t be guaranteed.

Application. After you submit your application, resume, and IFSA Internship Intent Form, an IFSA Enrollment Counselor and an on-site IFSA Team member will work with you to identify your professional strengths, review your goals, and refine your internship interests to establish a match. From there, you’ll have an interview with your potential internship host. You will be provided with tips and resources to prepare for your interview.

Sample Placements. Opportunities can vary due to such factors as market and economic trends. Common industry sectors for internships include, but are not limited to:

  • Business and Finance: professional services, auditing, recruitment support, consulting, and trade associations.
  • Healthcare and Education: healthcare management, research, education, children’s services support, fitness, and policy.
  • Marketing and Communications: public relations, social media development, content creation, post-production support, and brand management.
  • Technology and Innovation: EdTech, innovation hubs, start-up accelerators, UX design, and venture capital funding.

Examples of past GCC internship placements in Sydney have included:

  • Public Relations Firm: writing press releases, creating pitch documents, drafting campaign plans and strategies, communicating with clients, and creating and scheduling social media content.
  • Financial Planning and Wealth Management Company: conducting industry research, analyzing and organizing data, performing due diligence, and conducting business valuations.
  • Industry Association: surveying local companies, identifying trends for expansion plans, and researching priority or regions.
  • Arts and Culture Nonprofit: assisting with planning for events and lecture series, creating email newsletters, researching funding opportunities, administration and reporting.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter
Not required.

Visa Requirement
This program requires a visa for all students.

TRANSCRIPT
Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.

Activities

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Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Summer 2024

May 27, 2024

July 5, 2024

$7,945 (estimated)

March 15, 2024

Term

Summer 2024

Term begins

May 27, 2024

Term ends

July 5, 2024

Program costs

$7,945 (estimated)

Application deadline

March 15, 2024

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Emma Lynch

Emma Lynch

Admissions Counselor

Emma Lynch

Emma Lynch

Prearrival Counselor