A relatively young city, Sydney has grown to become one of the world’s most multicultural cities—international fusion of culture, languages, and ideas with more than 4.2 million residents. Commute to work via train, bus, or ferry. Walking works, too. Lunch can be the traditional meat pies, sausage rolls, or fish and chips.
An IES internship develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.
You’ll be guaranteed an unpaid internship placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work up to 40 hours a week. We will work with you to find the closest placement match between your professional and personal goals with what’s available in Sydney.
Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.
After the work week, spend your free time exploring Sydney’s beaches, the famous Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and other architectural highlights, the Royal Botanic Garden, and the surrounding neighborhoods
Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Representative—new internships are always being added!
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
While working in Sydney, you will enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns. Topics include:
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
IN 395-B Leading Across Cultures Internship Seminar Template (3-credit)
IN 395-B Leading Across Cultures Internship Seminar Template (6-credit)
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Sydney, it will feel like home.
Group Housing - Live in a double room, in either a stand-alone house or an apartment-style townhouse (with full kitchen facilities and IES Abroad roommates). Meals are not provided.
Part of making you feel at home in Sydney is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
After your arrival, you participate in an orientation program that introduces you to the city and program, and includes information sessions on professional and cultural expectations and commuting.
IES Abroad Sydney organizes a number of field trips as an integral part of its opportunities for cultural immersion in Australia. These trips explore areas of significant regional interest and are led by people who contextualize what you are witnessing and experiencing. Additional costs apply. Possible destinations include:
Featherdale and Blue Mountains
Hike in the Blue Mountains and enjoy a visit to Featherdale Wildlife Park.
Royal National Park
Enjoy a visit to the second-oldest national park in the world, full of fascinating plants, birds, and animals.
About the Center
The IES Abroad office is located in Surry Hills, an inner suburb of Sydney. It is immediately adjacent to the city center, known as the Central Business District, or CBD. At just a few blocks from Sydney’s central rail station, it is well connected to the rest of the city and surrounding areas. Commuting time, by bus, to the University of Sydney campus is 15 minutes and to the UNSW campus 20 minutes. The Macquarie campus is one hour away by train.
Matt has worked in international education in Australia, China, and the United States. Most recently, he was the International Student Advisor at the University of Newcastle (Sydney campus), where he was responsible for the welfare, support, and engagement of more than 750 students. He has worked for a variety of universities and foreign companies in China over the years, including four years as the China Program Director with Where There Be Dragons.
Matt has a Master of Teaching degree from Charles Sturt University and a Master of Education degree (Leadership and Management) at the University of Sydney.