Internships Abroad

1. How to participate

Please note that some of the following steps can be completed concurrently, at the same time.

STEP 1: Find out if you eligible to receive academic recognition

  • Before you continuing it is important to ensure that you are eligible to receive academic recognition. For instance, one of the criterion for receiving OS-HELP (up to $8,149 - see STEP 5), is that the overseas program must count towards your degree requirements in which you are enrolled, e.g. work experience, internship hours, or an elective.
  • Many degrees at Western Sydney University provide an opportunity to participate in domestic or international work experience. These are offered as core units (e.g. a clinical or professional experience placement) or as an elective. Some of these are provided below:
  • To find out if your degree provides a unit/subject for work experience, go to Western Sydney University course and unit Handbook and review the information related to your degree.
  • Alternatively to find out which units/subjects are associated with work experience across the entire university: 
  • If you are still uncertain, you may wish to seek further advice from your School coordinator - placement officer, Academic Course Advisor (ACA), or Director of Academic Program (DAP).
  • Note, at this point you are not required to apply for Academic Approval – that comes after you have met with the overseas provider and have been given detailed information about the project. To apply for academic approval, see STEP 4

STEP 2: Research an opportunity below and fill out a quick Expression of Interest

  • Fill out an Expression of Interest and let Western Sydney University know that you are interested in participating in an international internship.
  • Note: New Colombo Plan (NCP) opportunities have separate application processes.If you are interested in a NCP program (listed below), you are not required to complete the above Expression of Interest.

STEP 3: Submit an application to the overseas provider

  • Submit an application directly to the overseas provider. These organisations will contact you to discuss the the processes and potential project.
  • Don't forget, you may need to apply for academic recognition (see Step 3).
  • If you require any supporting documentation such as an academic transcript, order your latest academic record/transcript here.
  • For further advice, contact the Western Sydney University Go Global team - Contact Us

STEP 4: Apply for academic approval

  • To apply for academic approval you will need to be meet with overseas provider. The overseas provider will discuss your prospective work experience and negotiate a satisfactory and fulfilling project with an international company. The overseas provider will give you detailed information about the project that can be used to apply for academic approval. For further information, see Overseas Academic Approval (non-exchange).
    • This process may differ, depending on School requirements. You may wish to discuss the opportunity further and with your Academic Course Adviser (ACA) or placement coordinator - visit your School website and see 'Contact'
  • Can I use an elective for international work experience?
    • Some of the companies listed below have partnered with American universities, offering a U.S. transcript and award up to the equivalent of 20 Western academic credit points. The transcript will be awarded based on assessment tasks including the successful completion of written academic assignments, evidence of reflective learning, and an evaluation from the host organisation. These companies are:
      • The Intern Group (TIG)
      • International Studies Abroad (ISA)
  • Steps 3 and 4 can be completed concurrently (at the same time). Don't forget to submit your application to the provider by the appropriate closing date

STEP 5: Complete the Online Pre-Departure

STEP 6: Apply for OS-HELP - up to $8,149

  • You may be eligible for OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens: 
    • loans up to $8,149 are available
    • Academic Approval is required
    • have completed 80 credit points of study
    • have 10 credit points remaining on return
  • Find out more about  OSHELP
  • Note: There is direct relationship between Academic Approval and OS-HELP. For advice on how to complete the OS-HELP application, see Overseas Academic Approval Form (non-exchange)

STEP 7: Compulsory Overseas Travel Registration and Grants

Visit the Before I Go wepbage and complete Steps 4 to 7 and ensure you have completed the important tasks before heading overseas.

Consultation

Feel free to contact the partner organisation and asks questions about your potential experience. If you would like to discuss an opportunity with a member of staff at Western Sydney University , please email goglobal@westernsydney.edu.au or attend a face-to-face Consultation available on Wednesdays and Fridays - book now through our dedicated bookings portal.

3. Opportunities by Country


Argentina

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and is available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Brazil

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and is available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Cambodia

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and develops unique work experience via the creation of projects in developing countries. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Canada

Chile

China (plus New Colombo Plan)

  • The companies below are endorsed by the University and are available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential work experience, or submit an application today
  • Internship, 360° View of Chinese Business and Culture - $3000 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grant
    • Participants will complete a five-week internship, in your sector of interest for which our staff will work with you prior to arrival to ensure that your placement will count towards your course credit.  You will be working normal company hours Monday to Friday.  In addition, 15 hours of Chinese mandarin classes will be included, to be taken during evenings or weekends at your preference. You will also have the opportunity to join cultural activities and trips provided at no extra cost. Find out more
  • Universities Australia China Internship - $3000 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grant

      The Universities Australia China Internship program provides a unique opportunity for Australian undergraduate students to study, work in live in China for 6 weeks over the 2019/2020 Christmas holidays. The program is jointly facilitated by Universities Australia (UA) and The China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and is funded by the New Colombo Plan Mobility grant scheme. Find out more

Colombia

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and is available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Costa Rica

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and is available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Czech Republic

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and is available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

England

  • The companies below are endorsed by the University and are available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential work experience, or submit an application today
  • Industry Immersion Program – Dublin and London
    • The CISaustralia Industry Immersion Program (IIP) in Dublin and London is a unique opportunity for a limited group of students to engage in an intensive industry immersion internship over three weeks in July. This program will focus on and expose students to key academic business topics in international business and marketing while combining practical skill-building, peer to peer learning, personal mentorship, and a lot of fun. Find out more.

France

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and is available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Fiji

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and develops unique work experience via the creation of projects in developing countries. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Germany

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and is available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Hong Kong (plus New Colombo Plan)

India (plus New Colombo Plan)

Indonesia (plus New Colombo Plan)

Ireland

  • The companies below are endorsed by the University and are available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential work experience, or submit an application today
  • Industry Immersion Program – Dublin and London
    • The CISaustralia Industry Immersion Program (IIP) in Dublin and London is a unique opportunity for a limited group of students to engage in an intensive industry immersion internship over three weeks in July. This program will focus on and expose students to key academic business topics in international business and marketing while combining practical skill-building, peer to peer learning, personal mentorship, and a lot of fun. Find out more.

Italy

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and is available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Japan

  • The companies below are endorsed by the University and are available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential work experience, or submit an application today

Kenya

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and is available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Lebanon

  • This opportunity is for business students, providing an opportunity to intern in the head office of a international bank in Lebanon for a period of 4 weeks and 4 weeks of work related activities back in Sydney.

Malawi

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and develops unique work experience via the creation of projects in developing countries. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Malaysia

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and is available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Mexico

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and is available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Morocco

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and is available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Nepal

New Zealand

  • The companies below are endorsed by the University and are available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential work experience, or submit an application today

South Africa

  • The companies below are endorsed by the University and are available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential work experience, or submit an application today

South Korea (plus New Colombo Plan)

Singapore (plus New Colombo Plan)

Spain

Timor Leste

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and develops unique work experience via the creation of projects in developing countries. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Taiwan

  • The company below is endorsed by the University and is available to assist you in finding work experience. Feel free to contact the company and asks questions about your potential experience, or submit an application today.

Thailand

United States

Vietnam (plus New Colombo Plan)

Worldwide (virtual internship - participate online)

Virtual Internships provide you with remote work experience at companies of varying size, within your sector, improving your employability. There are fantastic internship opportunities with international or domestic companies, without having to worry about the travel, relocation or living costs.  They are also well suited to those who have mobility impairments or other reasons they cannot undertake an in-person internship and can be full-time or part-time to work around your studies, other work, or family commitments.   Perhaps most importantly, they will give you specific remote-work skills and exposure to new technology. Find out more


4. International Volunteering

Would you like to go to Costa Rica and participate in Sea Turtle Conservation? Or maybe you like to contribute to Marine Conservation and Dolphin Research in Tanzania. Find out more (opens in a new window).


5. Social Science students

The Social Sciences International Placement (102174) unit provides third year students enrolled in the B. Anthropology, B. Humanitarian and Development Studies, B. Social Science, B. Social Science (Advanced) or B. Tourism Management with the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired during the first two years of their degree to a 'real world' setting. In 2017 students will spend 12-14 weeks in Nepal, where they will study at Kathmandu University and work with local NGO Clean Up Nepal on various community projects.


Need further advice?

Recognition of internship/placement: see your School coordinator - placement officer, Academic Course Advisor (ACA), or Director of Academic Program (DAP).

International component: Feel free to contact the partner organisation and asks questions about your potential experience. If you would like to discuss a program with a member of staff at Western Sydney University , please email goglobal@westernsydney.edu.au or attend a face-to-face Consultation available on Wednesdays and Fridays - book now through our dedicated bookings portal.