Australia

Sydney, Australia

Global Internship

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Information for term Global Internship

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2023
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2023
  • Dates: Aug 14 – Dec 16, 2023 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 12 - 18 semester hours / 18 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Gain real-world work experience by interning abroad in the beautiful capital city of Sydney! In this unique destination, you will gain hands-on work experience while building your network of global contacts to boost your chances of securing a job when you graduate. In addition to offering a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries, CIEE Sydney promotes local business networking events to help you foster new connections, engage, and learn.

During your program, you will gain a deeper understanding of the characteristically relaxed, yet globally competitive, workplace culture in one of the Southern Hemisphere's hubs for trade, finance, tech, and media production. Sydney is the capital of Australia's business and the launching point for exchanging goods, services, and ideas with the country's Asian neighbors.

In addition to gaining work experience, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy everything Sydney offers. As one of Australia's largest cities, Syndey offers a plethora of fun activities and exciting excursions, like walking along the Darling Harbour or exploring the Royal Botanic Garden.

When you apply to intern abroad in Sydney, CIEE works directly with you to match you with an internship opportunity that suits your unique needs and professional goals. Learn more about our personalized placement process.

  • Live in one of the best cosmopolitan cities in the world

    Enjoy everything a big city has to offer and learn about the Australian way of life. 

  • Immerse yourself in nature

    Choose from endless options of beaches, national parks and natural attractions. 

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    Explore our art and culture

    Get involved in Sydney's bustling art scene with live music, markets, food, art and much more! 

  • Beaches and national parks

    100+
  • of our plants and animals are unique to Australia and found nowhere else in the world

    80%
  • residents of Sydney

    5 M

Location & Culture

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Australia is the sixth biggest country in the world and Sydney is its business hub and launching point for exchanging goods, services, and ideas with its Asian neighbors. Sydney is one of the Southern Hemisphere's leading centers for startups, trade, finance, tech, and media production. With a population of around five million, Sydney is a cosmopolitan city consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live in globally because of its social inclusion, diversity, tolerance, and healthy lifestyle.  

Sydney is an incredibly diverse city and home to people from all over the world. Nearly half of its residents speak a language other than English at home and 36% were born overseas. The first inhabitants, the Aboriginals, are the world's oldest civilization, and this heritage has helped shape modern Australia. This one-of-a-kind mix of people and cultures led to a shared spirit and attitude that is the Australian way of life. Aussies are known for laid-back, "no-worries" attitudes, being open-hearted and open-minded, and believing that everyone should have equal rights and opportunities, what they call locally as having a "fair go".  

Sydney is blessed with some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world; more than 80% of Australia's plants and animals are unique to our Island(s) and are found nowhere else in the world. There is also a bubbling art scene. The city government supports young and fun artistic pursuits, including Sydney's Art and About, Vivid Sydney, Sydney Movie Festival, regular food, art, crafts and music events, and the list goes on!   

The CIEE Sydney Center is strategically located in the heart of Sydney's Downtown (CBD) and minutes away from Central Station, with local, intercity, and interstate transport at your doorstep.  

Learn more about Sydney and see past internship examples »

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Sydney.

Excursions & Activities

  • Step back in time with a visit to the Australian War Memorial and the Reconciliation Place in the nation’s capital, Canberra. Learn about the politics of Australia along with its rich history. 
  • Kayak with your “mates” through Sydney Harbor before a traditional Australian BBQ. 
  • Hike the spectacular Blue Mountains with experienced and informed guides ready to share the environmental and cultural history of the spectacular landscape. 

Professional Development

  • Take advantage of resume help and interviewing skills based on local business culture.
  • Explore the professional working world of Sydney through organizational site visits, industry networking events, and guest lectures.
  • Participate in workshops that will help you make the most of your internship.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Students in Sydney will live across a variety of housing locations. Housing options are mostly twin rooms with some single and triple rooms. Students will share a kitchen and other facilities with others. Housing locations are all in convenient locations to shops, cafes, and public transport within the city area and are within a commute of around 30-minutes to the center. 

  • Meals

    You will have shared kitchen facilities to prepare meals or purchase food and drinks at local grocers. Sydney has a vibrant food scene with fresh local fruits, vegetables, and meats readily available. You’ll easily find Australian food is influenced from all corners of the globe. 

Sydney, Australia

Where You'll Study

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    Sydney Opera House

    A world famous Sydney landmark.

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    Bondi Beach

    One of the most popular beaches in the world for sunbathing, rugby, volleyball, and surfing.

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    George Street

    A bustling downtown shopping area filled with entertainment.

Academics

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Academics

As a global intern in Sydney, you’ll work in a non-paying position within a wide range of opportunities across a diverse set of innovative industries. Extracurricular excursions and cultural activities in and around Sydney complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of the city.

This semester length program includes 6 weeks of academic coursework followed by a 12-week part-time internship and academic seminar. During the 6-week block of academic coursework, participants enroll in two elective Open Campus courses. In addition to the required 6-week block of courses at the start of the program, participants are also provided the option to take one additional Open Campus course during Block II and/or Block III should their schedules allow Class environment varies depending on the course and is designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards.

GPA

2.5

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Students participating in the Sydney Semester Global Internship program must maintain full-time student status at their home university while participating in the CIEE program and must have matriculated full-time at their home university at least three months prior to application. Students should be prepared to obtain a signed letter from their home university confirming student matriculation details. Additional visa restrictions may apply, and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process. 

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.

Program Requirements

Upon completing the two electives during the first six-week block, students participate in an academic seminar alongside the 12-week, part-time internship. The two electives, the seminar and the internship are all required components of the program. 

Students will enroll in:

  • Two Block I CIEE courses offered on a six-week academic block system
  • 12-week part-time internship with an integrated academic course.
  •  Optional additional CIEE elective course in Block II and/or Block III

 

PROGRAM CREDIT

Total credit for the program is 12-18 semester/18-27 quarter credits.

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 6 semester/9 quarter credits; 45 academic course hours, 225-300 internship placement hours
  • Weeks 1 – 6
    • 2 Block I CIEE elective courses
  • Weeks 7 – 18
    • INSH 3826 HYBR: Academic Internship in a Global Workplace
    • One additional CIEE elective course in Block II and/or Block III (optional)

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

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment for elective courses typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. The academic seminar to complement the internship experience. 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.

Class Format

Students begin by taking two Block I CIEE courses offered on a 6-week academic block system. All courses are customized for and open only to CIEE students. Elective classes include a combination of lectures, group work, presentations, and discussions. The second part of the program includes a 12-week CIEE internship and integrated academic course and one optional CIEE elective course in Block II and/or Block III.

Except for the required Internship course, all courses are offered with the CIEE Open Campus program, and will therefore be shared with students on the program, and many are available in multiple CIEE locations. To help ensure you are able to enroll in the courses you need, some courses may be facilitated as a Hybrid course by an instructor from a location that is separate from your own. In a Hybrid course, you will learn either face-to-face or online, depending on your location. However, regardless of your location, you will apply what you learn from the instructor and course materials in your location.

Grading

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Final grades are based on class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and mid-term and final exams. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the integrated academic seminar, as outlined in the syllabus. Internship supervisors and students each provide written evaluations of progress towards 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

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Course Information

  • All internships are offered in English.
  • Students should expect to spend up to 19-25 hours per week engaged in internship work.
  • Block I courses are chosen from any of the courses offered through the Open Campus Block program in Block I. Courses are listed as “Fall Block I” and “Spring Block I” respectively.
  • The optional courses for Weeks 7-18 available for Block II and Block III are listed below. Students can only add one optional course per block (Block II and Block III).
  • Hybrid Courses 
    Some CIEE courses are offered in hybrid format to make them available at multiple program locations and increase your course choices. A hybrid class is taught synchronously in a classroom in one location, and students in the program at other CIEE locations join live online. All students have the same instructor and meet as one class. Co-curricular activities are tailored to each student’s location to promote local, experiential and intercultural learning for all. The syllabi show the location of instruction for all hybrid classes and from what program locations the course can be taken. Hybrid courses can be identified as those whose course codes end in “CIEE”.

Spring 2023 CIEE Courses

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Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Agriculture

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit
(GI) COMM 3301 SYAU: Intercultural Communication and Leadership
English
3

Health Professions and Related Programs

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Course
Language
Semester Credit

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

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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
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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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

Spring 2023 18 weeks Deadline Passed Jan 2, 2023 May 6, 2023
$19,950
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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 insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300

Educational Costs = $15,733

Housing = $3,750

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $19,950

Estimated Costs

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

Meals not included in program fee = $3,600

International Airfare = $1,700

Local Transportation = $1,000

Books & Supplies = $10

Personal expenses = $600

Other = $15 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $6,925

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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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

for laundry, local calls, entertainment, etc. Personal travel(s) not included.

†† Covid test to enter the US, if required

Fall 2023 18 weeks May 1, 2023 Aug 14, 2023 Dec 16, 2023
$19,950
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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 insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300

Educational Costs = $15,703

Housing = $3,750

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $19,950

Estimated Costs

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

Meals not included in program fee = $900

International Airfare = $1,500

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $10

Visa Fees = $90

Personal expenses = $150 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $2,850

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.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† for laundry, local calls, entertainment, etc. Personal travel(s) not included.

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.

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What's Included

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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 and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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