Sydney Australia
Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internship: Sydney, Australia

  • Summary

    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Sydney, Australia. On this program you will:

    • Undertake a professional internship in the field of your choice
    • Earn academic credit for your internship via a ten-week online course
    • Learn about Australian culture and history through an on-site course taught at the University of Sydney
    • Live with other program participants in student housing at the University of Sydney


    • Sydney: May 27 – July 22, 2017
    • Online Course: June 5 – August 11, 2017
      Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    • Required: TBD (3 units)
      And your choice of:
    • UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development (3 units)
    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)



    • Currently enrolled in a degree program or have graduated within the last 12 months
    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher
    • At least 18 years old at the time of application



    • Application opens February 1, 2017
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is February 26, 2017
  • Courses

    In addition to your internship, you will take an on-site local culture course and an online internship course for a total of 6 Berkeley units. The on-site local culture course will be set, but you will have the option of choosing one of two online courses.

    On-site Course

    Course: TBD

    Title: TBD

    Dates: May 27 – July 22, 2017

    Instructor: TBD

    Units: 3 units

    Prerequisites: None


    Your choice of one of these two online courses:

    Online Course

    Option 1:

    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W157

    Title: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development

    Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017

    Instructor: Joel Clark, Ph.D.

    Units: 3 units

    Prerequisites: None


    This is an online course that facilitates students' learning and self-reflection about various types of organizational contexts, structures, and cultures as well as the development of practical strategies to promote successful internship experiences. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will guide students through all stages of their internship experience. The course will also present a range of theories, methods, and real-world example for examining management and organizational theory and practice.


    Dr. Joel Clark is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara where he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science. He has authored two books involving careers and professional development: Intern to Success (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and Careers in Political Science (Longman, 2003). His grant work includes the development of web-based learning resources for Arlington (VA) County Schools, and the production of a 12-part video series, Democracy in America.


    Option 2:

    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158

    Title: Global Citizenship

    Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017

    Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.

    Units: 3 units

    Prerequisites: None


    With this course, you will be able to add a new dimension to your internship experience: a reflection on global citizenship. You will be challenged to use your internship experience as an opportunity to critically explore cultural differences, modes of conduct and values. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will stimulate you to leave the comfort zone of what you are familiar with and to explore alternative views on right and wrong, good and bad and the beautiful and the ugly. The course will also encourage you to interact with locals and to engage with the city/region/country where you live during your internship. It is our hope that this course will help to increase your consciousness about the challenges of being a global citizen.

    Dr. Jeroen Dewulf is Associate Professor in the Department of German at UC Berkeley where he teaches courses in German Studies and Dutch Studies. He is also Queen Beatrix chair as well as Director of Institute of European Studies and Director of Dutch Studies.


    Global Internships staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

  • Internship

    The Global Internships team works one-on-one with you to find an internship that matches your career goals, interests, and experience level. Internships in Sydney are available in a variety of fields, and internship placement is guaranteed.

    Opportunities can vary year-to-year due to such factors as market trends, time of year, and economic trends. Common industry sectors for internships include, but are not limited to:

    • Business and Management

    • Education

    • Marketing and Sales

    • Media and Communications

    • Non-profit Sector

    • Social Work

    • Sports Management

    • STEM – Engineering R&D, Research, IT/Computer Science
  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2017 Fees

    UC Students

    Visiting Students

    Tuition (6 units)



    Program Fee



    Total Cost





    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.



    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated amounts for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses


    International Airfare and Transportation


    Additional Meals




    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.)


    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses




    It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary travel documentation for your program destination (i.e. passport, visa, etc.). This may require you to pay fees of up to a few hundred dollars depending on the type of paperwork required.


    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $410 per unit

    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $520 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student accommodations

    • Excursions and program activities

    • Travel insurance, including accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services

    • Other program-related costs including fees for placement services

    • $400 non-refundable deposit charged at the time you submitted your Global Internships application


    Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.


    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare

    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)

    • Meals (access to kitchen facilities will be provided)

    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)

    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)

    • Additional meals

    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your internship

  • Timeline


    Application opens

    February 1, 2017

    Application closes

    February 26, 2017

    Applicants notified of selection

    March 10, 2017

    Participate in Skype placement meeting with a member of the Sydney Global Internships team*

    March, 2017

    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit

    April 3, 2017

    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation

    April-May, 2017

    Receive a provisional internship placement

    April-June, 2017

    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Sydney

    April-June, 2017

    Arrive in Sydney

    May 27, 2017

    Attend on-site orientation activities

    First week of program

    Online course begins

    June 5, 2017

    Last day of program

    July 22, 2017

    Online course ends

    August 11, 2017



    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    All dates are subject to change.