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Washington DC Placement Program

Program Conditions

By submitting an application you agree to the following program conditions:

Selection criteria and application process

  • You must must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree (including combined degrees) with the University of Sydney Business School.
  • You must have completed by the end of 2014 at least 48 credit points of your degree.
  • You must be able to accommodate 18 credit points as part of your degree.
  • Applications will only be received via the online application form.
  • Applications close on 22 August 2014 at 5pm.
  • The University of Sydney Business School will administer all applications and enquiries for the program. Correspondence and applications should be directed solely to the Business School and will not be received by the United States Studies Centre (USSC) or the University of California Washington Center (UCDC).

Units of study

  • All successful applicants will enrol in a total of three units of study: BUSS2500 Washington D.C Placement Program (enrolled via the University of Sydney Business School) and two UCDC elective units from a list of approved options.
  • Upon successful completion, students will receive a total of 18 credit points towards their degree. (6cp for BUSS2500, and 12cp from UCDC). Please note: the credit from UCDC units will be unspecified electives, and will not count towards any of your majors or specialisations.

Professional Placements

  • Internships will take place from 5 January to 5 March 2015. You will return to Sydney for the second week of semester.
  • Successful applicants will be placed within a business, government, not-for profit or media organisation for a period of nine weeks.
  • As far as possible, the Business School and the US Studies Centre will allocate internships according to a student's educational background and interests. However this is dependent on availability and it cannot be guaranteed that an intern's role will be directly related to their specific area of study.
  • Students will work four days a week, Monday through to Thursday.
  • All internships are unpaid.
  • Students must not attempt to facilitate work placement arrangements in the US on their own.
  • The University of Sydney, United States Studies Centre, University of California Washington Center and internship organisations, require all interns to perform their respective duties in a professional manner and to abide by the normal work ethics and conditions as set by the host organisations.
  • No intern shall misrepresent the University of Sydney, United States Studies Centre, University of California Washington Center or host organisation in any way. Inappropriate use of the institution's name and resources, either professionally or otherwise may result in the immediate termination of the intern from the program.
  • The University of Sydney, United States Studies Centre, University of California Washington Center, and host organisations are entitled to remove any intern from the program deemed to seriously misrepresent any of these organisations or the program as a whole.

Visa and travel arrangements

  • Students are responsible for their visa application and lodgement costs. Details on costs for an F-1 visa are available through the Embassy of the United States.
  • All students must pay the SEVIS fee prior to booking an interview at the US Embassy or Consulate. See the Student and Exchange Visitor Program website.
  • Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Washington DC. Students must arrive at UCDC on 4 January 2015. Students will begin their placements on 5 January.
  • Two compulsory pre-departure sessions will be held on 14th October and 26th November 2014.

Fees

  • A deposit of A$1000 is due by 19 September 2014.
  • The full program fees are due no later than 14 November 2014.
  • Students are responsible for additional costs including visas, return airfares and transfers, food and entertainment and any other associated costs.

Accommodation

The United States Studies Centre will liaise with UCDC to organise accommodation on the UCDC campus.

Media

As a participant of the program, students consent that photographs or film recordings taken in connection with the Washington DC Placement Program may be used for marketing purposes by the University of Sydney, the United States Studies Centre or the University of California Washington Center.

For the full duration of the program students must agree to abide by the US laws in relation to the legal age for consumption of alcohol.