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Melbourne, Australia

Summer Global Internship

New for Summer 2025!

Study Program Full-Time Internship

Dates

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8 weeks

Credit

6 semester hours

9 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Overview

Spend your summer enriching your global outlook and gaining real-world professional skills through an internship in Melbourne, the cultural heart of Australia. Rated one of the world’s most livable cities, Melbourne is the ideal cosmopolitan city to immerse yourself in while exploring internship opportunities aligned with your career aspirations through CIEE.  

During your work hours, you’ll be matched with an internship across various diverse sectors like business, commerce, computer science, banking, engineering, and marketing. Melbourne's wide range of internship placements fosters cross-cultural competencies, personal growth, and cultural exploration essential for global success in your future career. Outside your work hours, you’ll have free time to delve into Melbourne's cultural precincts, renowned coffee culture, scenic riverfront, botanical gardens, diverse neighborhoods, and vibrant dining scene to truly experience all the city has to offer.

While internships are competitive, CIEE will help you navigate the internship interview process to set you up for success. Our staff will offer constructive resume revisions, provide you with the tools to succeed in your interview

Unique Experiences

Walk or bike along the Yarra River

which winds its way through the heart of Melbourne

Enjoy touring the great Ocean Road

one of Australia's most iconic coastal drives to see natural landmarks like the Twelve Apostles, Loch and Gorge, and the Otway Rainforest

Ride the city's 155.3 miles of tram tracks

the world's largest tram network

1ST

RANKING TECH CITY IN AUSTRALIA

1,600+

LANEWAYS IN MELBOURNE FILLED WITH STREET ART, CAFÉS, BOUTIQUES, HIDDEN BARS, AND CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

2,000+

CAFÉS SCATTERED AROUND MELBOURNE

Experience
  • melbourne blurry tram
  • melbourne webb bridge on the yarra river
  • melbourne twelve apostles

Your Destination

Melbourne is widely considered Australia’s most livable city and the country’s top destination for students. Renowned for its vibrant cultural scene, world-class education institutions, and diverse population, Melbourne offers a unique blend of academic excellence and cosmopolitan living.

When you intern abroad in Melbourne during American summers, it’ll be winter in Australia, meaning temperatures will be relatively mild from an average of 44 to 58 degrees Fahrenheit. This mild weather will allow you to engage with a rich tapestry of cultures, foster global perspectives, and develop cross-cultural understanding.  

From exploring the city’s iconic laneways adorned with street art to attending music festivals and sporting events, Melbourne offers a dynamic environment that encourages exploration and personal growth, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a transformative study abroad experience. Become a well-rounded individual ready to thrive in today’s increasingly interconnected world when you intern in Melbourne, Australia! 

The Culture

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Excursions & Activities

  • Explore Queen Victoria Market and South Melbourne Market to experience the city's diverse culinary scene and shop for local produce, artisanal goods, and souvenirs 
  • Visit the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne Museum, and Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) 
  • Wander through Melbourne's iconic laneways, like Hosier Lane and AC/DC Lane, to discover vibrant street art and graffiti 
  • Explore Federation Square, Melbourne's cultural precinct, which hosts art exhibitions, performances, and events throughout the year 
  • Immerse yourself in Melbourne's renowned coffee scene by visiting local cafés and specialty coffee shops 
  • Spend an unforgettable day at Phillip Island to watch an adorable penguin parade at sunset, explore the scenic coastal trails, and relax on its pristine beaches 
  • Attend a sports game or concert at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Rod Laver Arena, or Melbourne Arts Centre 
  • Hike the Dandenong Ranges to wander through its lush fern gullies, admire vibrant rhododendron gardens, and enjoy a peaceful picnic among towering mountain ash trees 
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Professional Development

  • Maximize your potential with personalized resume tips and master the art of interviewing with guidance from our local staff for succeeding in your first contacts with your potential internship hosts 
  • Learn outside of the classroom and work through site visits to corporations and small companies, participating in industry networking events, and expanding your knowledge through lectures by expert guest speakers 
  • Embark on a transformative journey by joining our Academic Course, designed to equip you with the essential tools and skills needed for your exciting international work experience 

Program Blogs

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Australia vs. New Zealand Study Abroad: Which is Better for You?

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The Ultimate Guide to Studying Abroad in Australia

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

Known as the Land Down Under, studying abroad in Australia is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the country’s stunning coastline and its indigenous history to its modern, multicultural vibe, Australia has... keep reading

From CIEE

Why Study Abroad in Melbourne, Australia: Top 5 Reasons

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

As the cultural epicenter of Australia, and one of the country’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, Melbourne is an incredible place for a study abroad adventure! From its world-class arts... keep reading

Housing
Academics

Academics

As a CIEE intern in Melbourne, you’ll have access to work placements from a wide variety of industries where you will be assigned an unpaid position. Extracurricular cultural activities in and around Melbourne complement your coursework and immerse you in Melbourne’s vibrant culture scene.

This eight-week program includes a full-time internship and an integrated academic course.   

GPA

2.5

Additional Requirements

Additional visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process.  

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Requirements

Students participate in an academic course taught in a hybrid learning environment alongside the eight-week, full-time internship. Participation in the integrated academic course and internship are mandatory for all participants. 

Program Credit

Total credit: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits 

Course Credit

Internship: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits; 15 integrated academic course hours, 225-300 internship placement hours 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations. The academic course is designed to prepare students for leadership in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse workforce. 

Class Format

Students participate in an eight-week CIEE full-time internship and academic course taught in a hybrid learning environment. Class and/or work hours may be scheduled Monday-Friday, and attendance is strictly enforced for all. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from the city when classes are in session.  

Grading

Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the academic course, including but not limited to online discussion forums, reflective papers, individual or group presentations, analysis of readings, an internship work plan, and feedback from the internship supervisor. Internship supervisors and students each provide written evaluations of progress toward goals.  

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

Course Information

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship
  • Trailblazer Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

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Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Summer 2025 8 weeks Start Date End Date

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

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