Western Sydney University offers Study Abroad & Exchange students the opportunity to undertake an unpaid internship program as part of their Study Abroad program. The internship, which is fully supervised by Western Sydney University academic staff, offers students the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience. Greater Western Sydney is recognized as Australia's third largest regional economy. As the base of operations for 30% of the leading companies in Australia it offers a diverse range of placement opportunities for students.

Academic Information

The Western Sydney University internship is usually equivalent to 10 credit points (one standard unit of study) and requires approximately 210 hours in the work placement. In conjunction with the internship, students are required to study two or three academic units in order to make up a full-time study load.

Note: A standard full-time study load for one session at Western Sydney University is 40 credit points, although students are eligible to study a minimum of 30 credits. Due to the workload it is recommended that students only study two units in conjunction with their internship.   Exchange/Study Abroad students should have the approval of their home University if they decide to undertake 30 credits points (3 subjects).  It is expected that students would transfer their internship experience to their home degree for credit.

How to make an Internship application
Internship opportunities are limited and therefore placements are awarded on a competitive basis. In addition to meeting the admission criteria all applicants must provide the following:

  • A completed Western Sydney University Study Abroad Application form with specified attachments.
  • A Resume (Curriculum Vitae)
  • Two letters of reference with the contact details of the referees.
  • A statement outlining the area of preferred interest for the work placement