Paid internship programs

There are many programs that offer students paid employment opportunities. Larger organisations refer to these as 'internships' or 'preview' programs, and they allow students and companies to try each other out. For students they gain experience in an industry they are interested in and valuable life experience about working life. For employers they gain a keen employee to help on projects and office duties, with the potential of gaining a future full time employee.

Here are some examples of programs being used around the University of Sydney, but there are many more that you can find through networking, professional associations and the Internship and Vacation Work Fair


ACS Foundation Scholarships

There are two main ACS Foundation Scholarship Programmes:

  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
  • Grow a Graduate (GROW)

WIL scholarships provide project based real life work experience relevant to the student’s academic studies, and run over varying periods up to 48 weeks. You gain industry relevant skills and experiences that enhance both your future studies and your work choices after graduation.

GROW scholarships are philanthropic grants where donors encourage you to develop the skills they require. Donors of this scholarship type are encouraged to blend in WIL programme elements that assist students to enhance their work choices after graduation.

For more information visit the ACS Foundation website.

AIESEC International

AIESEC is an international, student run organisation that aims to extend leadership skills and work experience, and can help you find paid internships while you study. Their partners include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shell, HP, Cadbury Schweppes, General Electric and the federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, as well as four thousand other organisations worldwide. The global exchange internship program includes management, technical, educational and developmental traineeships. You can find out more information from their website, or through the associated society here at the University.


Australian Publishers Association

The APA Publishing Internship program offers six month full-time placements in Australian Publishing companies for Australian residents with an interest in publishing.


Clubs and Societies- University of Sydney

There are some clubs and societies on campus that facilitate internships through networking, advertising to students and promotion of events, ie:

  • Commerce society - The Commerce society has information on their website about summer vacation work programs and holds regular events that can assist with networking and business opportunities.
  • Law society

For a list of all clubs and societies, please visit the University of Sydney Union
Find a club page.