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Internships and placements

Build workplace-ready skills and gain industry experience
We’ve built partnerships with corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations so you can gain important on-the-job experience.

We offer a wide range of placements, internships and project-based opportunities, many of which can be counted towards your degree.

The opportunity to contribute to an organisation and make connections with businesses and professionals in your field will give you the scope to develop your knowledge and skills in practical contexts and create a pathway for your future career.

Here are some examples of placement and internship opportunities within our faculty: 

The Master of Cultural Studies internship program will provide you with practical experience in an organisation 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.

Practical experience is an integral component of our qualifying education and social work degrees.

School observation and practice teaching happens throughout our education degrees, allowing you to develop your practical teaching skills and professional understanding.

If you're studying social work, you will undertake two fieldwork placements, supervised by highly skilled and experienced practitioners. 

Our Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences 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.

Our Industry and Community Project Units are 6 credit point elective units, where you have the opportunity to work on authentic problems and issues set out by industry, community and government organisations.

In collaboration with the industry partner and academic lead, you will work in a group with other students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. Together you will research, analyse and present solutions to the problems set by the external partner organisation.

Some examples of projects include:

  • AGL – The future of the electricity grid
  • Blackmores – Solutions for obesity
  • Career Seekers – Resettlement of asylum seekers and refugees
  • DIPX International – Using patient experiences to improve healthcare delivery
  • Glebe Community Development – Living side by side: social sustainability in inner Sydney
  • NSW Parliament – Social media and politics
  • Public Defenders – Not guilty: Sydney exoneration project
  • PwC – Future of Sydney precincts
  • QBE – Impact of climate change
  • Westmead Redevelopment, Western Sydney Local Health District – Sustainability: Furniture reuse, repurpose and recycling
  • Westpac – The impact of artificial intelligence on banking

Prepare for your career while you study by enrolling in our Internships for Credit unit for undergraduate students. The internships generally take 2 days per week during semester.

Our Politics and International Relations students have interned at the NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet, Ports Authority and the NSW Legislative Council. Our Linguistics students have interned at organisations such as Appen, working on developing new language resources for the global leader.

To help transition from undergraduate studies to a professional media career, as a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Media and Communications) student you’ll have the opportunity to complete an internship as part of your degree. In the past our students have interned with Fairfax, the ABC, SBS, public relations firms, publishing houses and in-house communication teams.

If you’re enrolled in a Master of Publishing, Health Communication, Media Practice, Strategic Public Relations or Digital Communication and Culture degree, you can also apply for an internship that will count towards your degree.

Our social justice internships are open to students in our Human Rights, Development Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, International Studies, Public Policy or International Security master’s courses.

The internship program runs year-round and counts towards your degree. Some of our previous partners include World Wildlife Fund, NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors and People With Disability Australia.

If you are completing undergraduate or postgraduate studies at Sydney College of the Arts or postgraduate studies in Art Curating or Museum and Heritage Studies, internship and placement units can be counted towards your degree.

These can take place in a wide range of Australian or international institutions including museums and galleries, contemporary art spaces, film production studios, or during cultural events such as the Sydney Film Festival.

ArtSS Career-Ready

ArtSS Career-Ready offers you the opportunity to apply for a competitive, paid, not-for-credit placement, usually during the summer and winter breaks, with some of Australia’s most prestigious organisations.

Exclusive to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, we partner with companies such as Accenture, ACON, Allianz, Challenger, Commonwealth Bank, Edelmans, KPMG, Macquarie Bank, NBC Universal, NSW Government, Pendal Group, PwC, Sydney Opera House, Telstra, and Westpac.

Harriet Goers

ArtSS Career-Ready student
I undertook two ArtSS Career-Ready placements during my degree. At KPMG I could really tap into my humanities background and encourage people to look at problems in different ways. At Westpac, I worked on project management and financial analysis, and they loved my contribution so much that they offered me a position.
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Rémy Numa

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Media and Communications undergraduate student
I interned with NBC Universal, the largest broadcasting company in the world. I worked directly with television executives to form new strategies while learning more about how the business operates. The work improved my skills in business development and negotiation and gave me the confidence to pursue ambitious opportunities in the future.
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Nishan David

Postgraduate student
Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences student
I took part in the Glebe Social Justice Learning Lab as part of my Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences capstone unit. I spent four months working hand-in-hand with the local Glebe social housing community on design projects for a community cafe and podcasts on housing activism.
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