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* International Internship Program - Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: CSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/23/2018 07/14/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.
Fact Sheet:
Recommended Programs: Biological Science and Zoology, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, International Studies, Journalism and Media Communications, Sociology, Watershed Science
Grade Point Average:
Language(s) of Instruction:
Program Coordinator:
Sarah O'Donnell
Program Type: Internship, Service Learning, Volunteer
Areas of Study:
Agricultural Sciences, Business, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Program Description:

International Internship Program
in Sydney, Australia

Sydney is the largest city in Australia with just over 4.5 million people and while it's fast paced it's also very welcoming. This is a great place to gain global work experience which will set your resume apart from the crowd! An internship in your field is a chance to build a resume, learn valuable job skills, gain an understanding of the practical realities of your studies and to do it abroad - even better! International experience shows confidence and allows you to gain important skills like problem solving, intercultural communication (beyond a different kind of English!) and networking. This is a chance to start building both your personal brand and professional network! There is a lot to explore in and out of the workplace. Take a chance to explore Australia's terrain which has something for everyone! In addition to gaining work experience and earning academic credit you can immerse yourself in all Australia has to offer from amazing crystal blue water and beautiful beaches to the dry and arid areas known as the outback. 

Program Overview

A sample of industries include:
  • Arts and Culture (Arts organizations both performing and fine arts)
  • Business, Finance, Marketing and Economics (Banks, Financial Consultancies, Human Resources Departments, IT and Telecommunications Companies, Public Relations/Advertising and Marketing Firms)
  • Communications and Public Relations (Marketing Communications, Technical communications, Public Relations agencies, PR departments)
  • Engineering (Local organizations and firms)
  • Health & Life Science (Research, Public Health, Trauma Clinic, Physiotherapy, Speech & Hearing)
  • Natural and Animal Science (Sea Life Sanctuary, National Parks, Zoo, Wilderness Society)
  • Political Science & Law (Law Offices, Environmental practices, Refugee legal support, NGOs, community organizations)
  • Recreation, Leisure, and Hospitality (Hotels, Airlines, Travel and Tourism Firms, Tourist Boards, Tour Guide Companies, Tourism Publications)
  • Social Services (Community outreach, youth programming, rehabilitation centers)

Internship Placement

CAPA, our Sydney partner, strives to place students in fully customized internships that directly relate to their course of study at Colorado State University, thus ensuring the quality and academic relevance of the placement. Internship placements are based on the skills, interests and professional goals of each individual student along with the project needs and work cycles of the internship sponsors. The CAPA internship team interviews each individual student from Colorado State University in March to discuss goals and expectations for the internship experience and to identify the best possible placement opportunities.

Applicants will receive a provisional placement, including a description of the position and organization and a link to the sponsor website, before they leave for the program. All students will be required to participate in a Skype interview with their internship sponsor prior to arrival in Sydney. Your placement is always contingent upon the success of the on-site interview. 

CAPA will provide students with information on how to process their visa. Visas must be obtained prior to traveling abroad.

Internship Structure and Coursework

The 8-week summer program begins with an orientation in Sydney. Orientation includes a welcome BBQ, walking tour, health and safety information, orientation to the work environment in Sydney and cultural program. After this orientation, each student gains 7 weeks of professional experience. CSU Students typically work approximately 32 hours per week Monday-Thursday/Friday (for a total of 224 contact hours).

Your internship will consist of two parts: 1) a professional work experience abroad and 2) Global Internship Seminar Course/CSU internship course. Students will select to either receive a CAPA transcript for $300 additional dollars or enroll in a CSU departmental course, paying tuition and fees per credit.

Students who choose the CAPA transcript option will complete the Transfer Credit Form and earn CSU in-residence transfer credit. Students who enroll in departmental credit will pay the additional CSU tuition and fees based on credit hours. Your academic advisor or departmental internship coordinator at CSU can help you determine which option best fits your academic program. 

Generally, participants will earn the following credits for successful completion of the overseas internship and all related course requirements at CSU.  
  • College of Agricultural Sciences:  1 to 6 credits    
  • College of Applied Human Sciences:  1 to 6 credits
  • College of Business:  1 to 6 credits
  • College of Liberal Arts:  1 to 6 credits
  • College of Natural Sciences:  1 to 6 credits
  • College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences:  1 to 6 credits
  • Warner College of Natural Resources:  1 to 6 credits

Program Contacts

 All students interested in participating in the International Internships Program should meet with their academic advisor or departmental internship coordinator to discuss the type of credit they may earn. Typically, students enroll in 1-6 credits of internship, special topics or independent study credit -- the preferred solution varies by department. 

Application Information

All students should meet with an academic advisor or internship coordinator to discuss their interest in incorporating the summer Sydney, Australia Internship program into their academic experience. Upon approval from the academic advisor or internship coordinator, students may initiate the program application. 

Applications may be submitted online by clicking "Apply Now" at the top or bottom of this page.  A complete application will consist of the following documents:
  • CSU Study Abroad/Internship Application (Online Submission)
  • $50 Application Fee (billed to Student Account)
  • Personal Essay
Early applications are encouraged!

Students will be notified of admission to the program within one week of the application deadline.  All accepted students will be required to submit a signed Financial Contract and Program Deposit soon after that.  Students will be informed of their internship placement prior to arrival, typically 4 weeks in advance.


Australian homestay in double occupancy room with a shared bathroom for the duration of the program. Homestays will include half-board (breakfast and dinner), 7 days a week. Students usually do their own laundry using the homestay facilities. All utilities and linens are included. Internet access is guaranteed and homestay hosts charge $10 per week for internet usage. A homestay gives students an authentic Australian experience. Keep in mind most house does not use central heating even during the Australian winter months (June - August) so pack warm clothes!

Program Cost

Estimated expenses for the program are available at the budget sheets linked above.
Please note: Students have the option of receiving departmental or transfer credit, each option has a different cost. If students select departmental credit the budget sheet does not list the additional CSU tuition costs in the total estimates because students may be taking 1-6 credits, which impact the totals. 


For additional information about this program, please visit the official program website at or set up an appointment with the Education Abroad Coordinator listed above.