Much more than a stunning location, Sydney is one of the world’s most multicultural cities - an international fusion of culture, languages, and ideas with nearly five million residents. Sydney is both energetic and engaging, a hub for innovation across a number of industries. 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.
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.
IES interns Down Under have been placed in an array of industries and work settings. Recent placement experiences include: social media marketing for a surfing company at Bondi Beach, blogging about the best in Sydney food, art and fashion for a leading PR firm, interning for the city's film festival, coordinating events on Sydney Harbour with a cruise tour line, and working at the Sydney branch of an international chamber of commerce.
You’ll be guaranteed an unpaid internship placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work up to 35 hours a week. We will work with you to find the closest match between your expressed preferences and professional goals with what’s available via IES Internships 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.
Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.
Spend endless hours exploring Sydney’s famous beaches and coastal walks. The sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour await, a playground for Sydneysiders and visitors alike. Bordering Sydney harbour you’ll find national parks, World Heritage sites, hidden beaches, and abundant Aboriginal heritage. At night, take in a show at the iconic Sydney Opera House, enjoy a meal at a historic Sydney pub, or delve into Sydney’s live music scene.
$5 Million in Financial Aid
We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.
While working in Sydney, you'll also enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you'll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in the workplace. Topics covered include:
Understanding workplace culture
Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
Understanding new cultures
Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Sydney and when you return home
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
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. During this day, you will canoe, bushwalk, swim, and photograph awesome sea cliffs. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about Indigenous Cultural Activities.
The Rocks Walking Tour
Get up close and personal and experience the story of Sydney on a historic walking tour of The Rocks area.
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 here to support you!
After your arrival, you will participate in an orientation program that introduces you to the city and program, which includes:
A welcome dinner and sightseeing cruise on Sydney Harbour
Settling into your accommodations
Information sessions on professional and cultural expectations and practical tips to prepare you for life in Sydney
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which beach to see first or discovering the best coffee in Sydney—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 housing has a community feel which inspires our students to make lifelong friendships while abroad. Our goal is that when you leave Sydney, it will feel like home.
IES Abroad housing in Sydney enables you easy access to the Central Business District and Sydney’s famous landmarks. Public transportation is close by. Commute to work via bus, train, or ferry.
Apartments - Live in a two-bedroom apartment in a multi-unit apartment building. You will share your two-bedroom apartment with 3 IES Abroad roommates, sharing one of the two bedrooms with one of those roommates. Meals are not included/provided but there is a kitchen in the apartment in which to prepare meals.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
Spend your free time getting to know Sydney and its surroundings through IES Internships-planned cultural events and optional field trips to places like the Blue Mountains and The Royal National Park.
June, July and August see Sydney host a number of exciting events including:
Vivid Sydney – a festival of light, music and ideas! Vivid Light transforms Sydney into a wonderland of 'light art' sculptures, innovative light installations, and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy.
The Sydney Film Festival - this festival showcases the best in cinema from across Australia and around the world, including features, documentaries, short films, retrospectives, restorations, animation, and more. One of the world's oldest film festivals, Sydney Film Festival reflects the historic development of the Australian film industry.
Winter Festival – located at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Winter Festival Sydney offers winter activities and entertainment, including a large outdoor ice skating rink.
During your time in Sydney, you’ll likely want to explore what the rest of this vast country has to offer! Whether it be a weekend in Melbourne, a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, or sleeping under the stars in the Outback, the possibilities are endless. The Sydney Center staff are available to help you plan trips further afield, to maximize your Australian experience.
Get to Know Your New City
Enjoy a meal by the waterfront in this unique inner-city suburb.
Try Sydney Desserts
From lamingtons to Tim Tam slams, there's bound to be a dessert you'll love.
Stroll the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Capture magnificant views of the Opera House and Circular Quay.
Walk from Bondi to Coogee
Prepare for stunning views, beaches, parks, and cliffs on this 6 km (3.37 miles) coastal walk in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
Watch a Show at the Opera House
Treat yourself to one of many spectacular performances at Sydney's most iconic venue.
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.