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Placement and internship opportunities

Depending on the degree you’re completing, you may have the opportunity to complete additional programs that further develop your skills and experience. Generally this will involve completing a project or period of work in a workplace related to your area of study.    

These programs are optional and vary in duration and requirements, from six-month scholarship programs to four-week volunteer community placements. In most cases, your faculty will outline the eligibility criteria and manage applications.

Some faculties offer summer research programs, giving you the opportunity to work with leading researchers. These are scholarship programs held over the summer break.

Many courses have compulsory placement requirements that you need to complete as part of your studies. Find out about the compulsory placements for your degree.

Insurance cover

The University maintains a personal accident insurance policy that covers you while you’re undertaking course-related activities, including placements. Find out more about this insurance cover, including how to make a claim.

ArtSS Career-Ready Placement Program

If you’re in your second or third year of an undergraduate degree, the ArtSS Career-Ready Placement Program gives you the opportunity to undertake a paid placement with a partner organisation in the corporate, government or not-for-profit sectors. These placements give you real world experience and develop your skills for the workplace before you complete your degree.

Placements take place in either the winter or summer university break.

Check the ArtSS Career-Ready Placement Program page for information about the program, partner organisations, and to register.

Internship for credit

If you’re completing an undergraduate degree, the Internship for Credit program is a faculty-wide initiative that gives you the opportunity to gain experience and develop your skills in the workplace. Internships are available in government, NGO or private organisations.

You will complete at least 95 hours of professional work placement, usually over two days a week for 10 weeks during semester. Before your internship, you will attend skill development workshops to make sure you are work ready.

Register your interest to find out about internships available.

Art Curating/Museum and Heritage Studies

If you are completing postgraduate studies in Art Curating or Museum and Heritage Studies, you have the opportunity to complete an internship as part of your program.

Internships can take place in a wide range of Australian or international institutions. This includes public or private, commercial or non-commercial museums and galleries, institutions involved in the collection or display of art, or organisations that service the work of museums and galleries.    

Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences (EMASS)

If you are completing the Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences, you have the opportunity of completing an industry internship.

The internship combines traditional humanities and social sciences strengths (public policy analysis, cultural awareness and sensitivity, ethical reasoning and critical analysis) with professional skills in problem solving, leadership and project management as well as legal and communication strategy.

Master of Cultural Studies

If you are completing the Master of Cultural Studies, you have the opportunity of completing a cultural studies internship as part of your program.

Through the internship, you can gain experience in an organisation, business or institution that undertakes or requires cultural research or analysis. This may range from education, policy, artistic practice or popular culture to consumer or community ethnography and activist work.

Master of Publishing, Health Communication, Media Practice, Strategic PR and Digital Communication and Culture

If you are completing a master’s program in Publishing, Health Communication, Media Practice, Strategic PR or Digital Communication and Culture, you have the opportunity to complete work experience placements as part of your program.

These placements allow you to gain experience in roles related to your degree.

Social justice internships

If you are completing a master’s program in Human Rights, Development Studies or Peace and Conflict Studies, you may have the opportunity to complete a social justice internship.

During the internship you’ll work intensively in a domestic or international organisation to gain a working knowledge of social justice practice.  

Department of Germanic Studies

The Department of Germanic Studies regularly hosts interns. To apply, you need to have commenced or completed studies in the field of German, Germanic Studies or a related discipline.

Find out more information, including eligibility and application processes.

School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

If you are completing studies in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, you may be able to arrange work experience. It will need to be approved by your department and head of school.

Refer to the school’s webpage for more information about work experience and to complete an application form.

Industry Placement Program - Local

If you are enrolled in a degree in the Business School, the Industry Placement Program gives you the opportunity to work for a leading firm as part of your degree. Placements are offered in local Sydney firms, government and not-for-profit agencies in Canberra.

You will work at least three days a week for 10 weeks during semester, or an equivalent number of hours over the summer break. Completing the program provides credit towards your degree.

Refer to the Industry Placement Program page for information on eligibility and the application process.

Chile Placement Program

The Chile Placement Program gives you the opportunity to work and study for six weeks in Santiago, Chile, over the winter university break. The placement is open to undergraduate and some postgraduate students in the Business School.

During the placement you'll work with a private or public-sector organisation and study with the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez while getting credit toward your degree.

Find out more about the program including dates, eligibility criteria and the application process.

China Industry Placement Program

The China Placement Program gives you the opportunity to work and study in Shanghai, Beijing or Hong Kong over the summer university break. The placement is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Business School who have the required work visas and language skills.

During the placement you'll work with a host organisation and complete the requirements for the placement unit of study.

Find out more about the program including dates, eligibility criteria and the application process.

United States Industry Placement Program

The United States Placement Program gives you the opportunity to work and study for nine weeks in either Washington DC or Los Angeles over the summer university break. The placement is open to undergraduate students in the Business School.

During the placement you'll work with a private, government or public-sector organisation and study with the University of California Washington Center or University of California Los Angeles completing three unit of study toward your degree.

Find out more about the program including dates, eligibility criteria and the application process.

Paris Placement Program

The Paris Placement Program gives you the opportunity to work and study for six weeks in Paris, France, over the winter university break. The placement is open to undergraduate and some postgraduate students in the Business School.

During the placement you'll work with a private or public-sector organisation and study with the SciencesPo university while getting credit toward your degree.

Find out more about the program including dates, eligibility criteria and the application process.

Shanghai Business Immersion Program

The Shanghai Business Immersion Program offers undergraduate students who are Australian citizens the opportunity to complete a six-week internship in Shanghai, China.

The internship will take place over the summer break (January to February) and contributes towards the unit of study BUSS2330 International Immersion in Business.

Find out more about the Shanghai Business Immersion Program, including eligibility and the application process.

Community Placement Program

The Community Placement Program is available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Business School. During the four-week intensive placement, you'll work with a community-based social business in Australia or overseas. Placements take place during the summer or winter university break and provide credit towards your degree.

Find out more about eligibility and the application process.

RARE: Remote and Rural Enterprise program

RARE is a community-engaged learning program connecting students with remote and rural enterprises in Australia. Through the program you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with these enterprises on an aspect of their business.

There is a range of projects available, with placements varying between five and seven days. For more information, visit the RARE program page.

NEXT Innovation Program

If you are studying a Master of Commerce or Master of Professional Accounting, you can apply for the NEXT Innovation Accelerator Program to gain practical experience in business innovation. As part of the 12-week program, you'll receive industry mentoring, skills workshops, access to subject experts and the opportunity to pitch your innovation. The program also provides credit toward your degree.

Indigenous community placements

If you're in the latter part of a coursework degree, you may be able to participate in the Indigenous Community Placement Program. This is a community fieldwork experience in which you work with a non-profit community service organisation within the area of Aboriginal health, disability or community services.

International health experience

FHS Abroad provides opportunities to gain an understanding of international health through an experience in a developing country. This is an elective unit of study that involves working in a community-based organisation for between four and six weeks. Find out about the programs available.

If you're in an allied health program in the Faculty of Health Sciences, you could apply for a Hoc Mai Foundation scholarship, which provides the opportunity to undertake a clinical placement with the Hoc Mai Foundation in Vietnam. Two scholarships are awarded each year and placements occur in November/December. Depending on your course, you may need to complete the placement in addition to your other clinical placements. If you are eligible, we will notify you when applications open.

Social Justice Legal Clinics

The Social Justice program provides the opportunity for students to work with organisations and gain experience with cases, clients, policy and research projects. You'll complete a social justice legal clinic unit of study that will involve attending seminars and completing a placement.

To be eligible to apply for the program, you need to be entering your second last or final year of study in the Bachelor of Laws, or your last year of study in the Juris Doctor. Find more information on the units available, eligibility and enrolment process for Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws students.

Summer Clerkship Scheme

The Summer Clerkship Scheme provides the opportunity to complete a clerkship with a participating law firm. The program is coordinated through the Law Society of New South Wales.

There is a range of professional experience opportunities if you are completing studies at Sydney Nursing School. Many of these form part of the compulsory clinical placement requirements for your degree.

International professional experience

International professional experience opportunities are available in Vietnam, Sweden, The Netherlands and Tonga through the international student exchange programs.

Local partnerships

Placements are available with Justice Health and NSW Air Ambulance for selected students.

Rural and remote experience

Generally, you will need to complete at least some of your compulsory clinical placement requirements in rural and remote communities. There are many rural and remote placement opportunities available and interested students can complete an expression of interest for their area of interest.

Chemistry

If you are in the second year of a Science (or combined) degree in Chemistry, you have the opportunity to complete the Year in Industry Program. This allows you to spend a year working as a full-time employee in industry between your second and third year of study.

Physics

If you are completing a course in physics, you have the opportunity to complete the Year in Industry Program. This allows you to spend a year working as a full-time employee in industry, between your intermediate and senior years.

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