Washington DC Placement Program
Applications now closed
By submitting an application you agree to the following program conditions:
Selection criteria and application process
- All applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree (including combined degrees) with the University of Sydney Business School.
- All applicants must have completed by the end of 2013 at least 48 credit points of their degree, with room within their degree progression to accommodate an additional 18 elective credit points.
- All applications will only be received via the online application form.
- Applications close on 30 August 2013. No late applications will be accepted.
- 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 units: The Presidency and the Executive Branch; and an elective from a list of approved options.
- The unit The Presidency and the Executive Branch is scheduled on Fridays from 10am-1pm and no class will be re-scheduled.
- Upon successful completion, students will receive a total of 18 credit points towards their degree at Sydney. (6cp for BUSS2500, and 12cp of credit from UCDC). Please note: the credit from UCDC units will be unspecified electives, and will not count towards any of your majors or specialisations.
- Internships will take place from 6 January to 6 March 2014. You will return to Sydney for the second week of semester.
- Successful applicants will be placed within a business, government, non-government or media organisation for a period of approximately nine weeks.
- As far as possible, the Business School 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 particular area of study.
- Students will work four days a week, Monday through to Thursday. Students will be required to commit to the specific work hours required by the internship host.
- All internships will be 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 US 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 5 January 2014 and hopefully will join the group for a first meal together that evening. Students will begin their placements on 6 January.
- Two compulsory pre-departure sessions will be held on 16 October and 25 November 2013.
- Students are also responsible for organising their own comprehensive travel insurance, which is a compulsory requirement upon acceptance into the program.
- A deposit of A$1000 is due by 4 October 2013
- The full program fees are due no later than 16 November 2013.
- Students are responsible for additional costs including visas, return airfares and transfers, comprehensive travel insurance, food and entertainment costs and any other associated costs.
The United States Studies Centre will liaise with UCDC to organise accommodation on the UCDC campus.
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.