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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 or school 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.

You can find more information about the program and partner organisations on the ArtSS Career-Ready Placement Program page in Canvas. You can also register for the program online.

Internship for credit

If you’re completing an undergraduate degree, there are a number of opportunities to undertake an Internship for Credit. An internship gives you the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace while applying knowledge and skills from your academic studies. Internships are available in government, NGO or private organisations.

An internship generally involves the completion of at least 95 hours of professional work placement, usually over two days a week for 10 weeks during semester. Before commencing your internship, you will attend a seminar where you'll be briefed on the requirements and expectations of your placement, and be able to answer any questions you may have about your placement.

Find out more about the 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

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.

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 Industry Placement Program gives you the opportunity to work and study for nine weeks in either San Francisco or Los Angeles over the summer university break. The placement is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Business School and will provide you with professional practical experience to supplement your coursework studies at the University. 

During the placement you'll work with a private, government or public-sector organisation over a six-week period. You'll gain valuable experience, working and living within the downtown business districts of a major US city while building peer and professional networks.

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.

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.

Self sourced placement program (BUS2200/BUSS6514)

In recognition of the value that experiential learning adds to the development of a student’s employability skills, the Business School is offering the opportunity to earn credit for a placement or internship that you have sourced yourself.

All placements and host organisations need to be approved by the Business School before you enrol in the unit of study. Placements need to be relevant to your business studies and meet the relevant learning outcomes for the unit of study.

You will receive 6 credit points towards your degree by successfully completing the relevant Business School unit of study (BUSS2200 for undergraduate students and BUSS6514 for postgraduate students). The unit requires you to undertake your work placement as well as academic coursework.

A minimum enrolment number is required for the unit to proceed.

Eligibility

The program is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Undergraduate students enrolled in any major in a Business School degree (or combined Business School degree) are eligible to apply.

Postgraduate students enrolled in the following degrees are eligible to apply:

  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations
  • Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

A minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 and the equivalent of 2 full load semesters of Business units completed by the time the program commences are also required.

The Self-Sourced Placement Program is an elective unit of study worth 6 credit points and cannot count towards a major/specialisation. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have room in your degree to undertake this unit.

Make sure you read the student responsibilities statement to ensure you understand those responsibilities. Refer to the Business School Handbook for the requirements of your degree.

How to apply

Applications for Semester 2 2019 are now open and will close at 5pm on 21 June 2019.

If you are interested in applying for the Self-Sourced Placement Program you need to submit an expression of interest to the Careers and Employability Office at the Business School. Your expression of interest needs to include:

  • a brief statement outlining how a placement will support your university studies
  • a copy of your unofficial transcript downloaded from Sydney Student.

Submit your expression of interest to business.placements@sydney.edu.au. Expressions of interest will only be accepted from your University student email address.

Your expression of interest will be assessed by the Careers and Employability Office at the Business School. If you meet the eligibility criteria you will be advised of the next steps of the application process.

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

A variety of social justice activities provide the opportunity for students to work with organisations and gain experience with cases, clients, policy and research projects. Find more information on the social justice activities page in Canvas

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.

Internships

Internships are available at various centres and institutes within the Law School. These are advertised in the law student newsletter when they become available. You can also find out more about internships on the Law Canvas site.

Sydney Nursing School

There is a range of professional experience opportunities if you are completing studies at The University of 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.

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