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Sydney Australia
Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Sydney, Australia - SUSPENDED

  • 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

    Learn more about the Global Internships-Sydney experience from UC Berkeley student Asia C., who participated in this program in the summer of 2019.


    • Sydney: June 2 - July 24, 2020
    • Online Course: June 8 - August 14, 2020
    Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    IAS 196 (3 units)

    And your choice of one of three online courses:

    • UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development (3 units)

    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)

    • UGBA W155: Leadership (3 units)


    • Students will live in the University of Sydney apartment-style accommodations. 
    • Students will have access to a single room with a shared bathroom and communal kitchen to prepare meals.
    • Students will be assigned to apartments with other program participants. Please note that there are gender-inclusive rooming options available for this program. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to the program staff.

    • 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 January 15, 2020
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is February 17, 2020

  • 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.

    Title: Learning in Outdoor Education
    Dates: June 2 - July 24, 2020
    Instructor: Dr. Wayne Cotton
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None


    Your choice of one of these three online courses:

    Online Course
    Option 1:
    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W157
    Title: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
    Dates: June 8 - August 14, 2020
    InstructorJoel 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.


    Option 2:
    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 8 - August 14, 2020
    InstructorJeroen 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. We hope that this course will help to increase your consciousness about the challenges of being a global citizen.

    Option 3:
    Course: Undergraduate Business Administration W155
    Title: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment
    Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020
    Instructor: TBD
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    In this course, students will explore the concept of leadership, how it differs from authority, and how it feels when an authority figure fails to lead as expected. People are tremendously dependent on authority; expectations and assumptions about authority can impact how an authority figure has to lead. The purpose of this course is for the students to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of leadership in various organizational settings. It is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop leadership skills through experiential exercises, behavioral and self-assessments, case studies, class discussions, and lectures.



    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.



    Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development

    Dr. Joel Clark is a graduate of the University of California, 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. Prior to his current appointment with Berkeley, Dr. Clark helped create and direct the University of North Carolina in Washington Program from 2004-2008. Before that, he directed the Michigan State University Washington Program from 2001 to 2004. He has taught at American University and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Clark is currently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Career/Internship Instructor for the Social Sciences.


    Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
    UGIS W158: Global Citizenship

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

    Born in Ostend, Belgium, Dr. Dewulf graduated in Dutch and German Philology at the University of Ghent. He holds a Master's degree from the University of Porto and a Ph.D. from the University of Bern. His areas of specialization are European Studies, particularly related to (multi)cultural identity in Belgium and the Netherlands, and Post-Colonial Studies, in particular, Dutch colonial history and literature.

  • 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.

    Examples of past internships:

    • Work in a boutique and fast-growing marketing agency as a ‘digital ninja’, learning directly from the CEO - a former Fortune 500 brand strategist.
    • Mine and analyse data for an established decision sciences start-up helping enterprise and government solve big business and social challenges.
    • Act as a tutor and workshop assistant in a not-for-profit creative writing centre for underprivileged youth from the greater Sydney area
    • Develop public policy for the property investment industry and advocate on their behalf to NSW policy makers, in areas like housing affordability, diversity, sustainability, and hotel and tourism policy.
    • Work on photography/styling, video or social media/writing for a multi-platform beauty website founded by the former Beauty and Health Director of Vogue Australia.

    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:

    Human Resources
    Real Estate
    Social Enterprise
    Travel and Tourism

    Adolescent Outreach
    Early Childhood
    Youth Advocacy

    Data Science and AI
    IT and Computer Science

    Advocacy and Campaigns

    Health, Psychology & Social Work
    Community Organizations
    Human Rights/Poverty
    Medical Research
    Mental Health
    Public Health

    Law & Politics
    Advocacy Groups
    Innocence Project Research
    US Studies Institute

    Media and Communications
    Broadcast News (Radio)
    Digital Media
    Online publishing
    Fashion PR
    Event management

    Event Management
    (not with a professional team)


    Some challenging internship fields to place in Sydney are:

    Accounting, Banking & Finance – limited options, alternate placement in other areas of business, social enterprise or NGOs.
    Agriculture – alternate placement in food kitchen or research
    Architecture and Interior Design – alternate placement in PR, graphic design or fashion
    Clinical placements in health fields (medicine, occupational therapy, speech pathology, physiotherapy etc.) – alternate placements in research or NGO/non-profit sector
    Embassy Work/International Affairs – limited options, alternate placement in non-profit sector
    Industry placements in engineering – alternate placement in computer science/IT, data or engineering research
    Film/TV – alternate placement in radio, communications or other digital media marketing
    Government, Law/Law Enforcement – alternate placement in advocacy, policy, international relations or NGO/non-profit sector
    Industry placements in pharmaceuticals – alternate placement in research
    Psychology (Counselling Placements) & Health Care – alternate placement in research or NGOs working with mental health awareness, social work.
    Sports Management – alternate placement in sports club marketing and event management
    Supply Chain Management – alternate placements in business and marketing

  • 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:

    2020 Fees UC Students

    Visiting Students

    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $1,820 $1,820
    Total Cost $4,334 $5,120

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $60.


    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.

    2020 Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,148
    Additional Meals $898
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $2,508
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $4,764

    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 $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 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 January 15, 2020
    Application closes February 17, 2020
    Applicants notified of selection By March 20, 2020
    Participate in Skype placement meeting with a member of the Sydney Global Internships team March 2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2020
    Receive a provisional internship placement April-May 2020
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Sydney April-May 2020
    Arrive in Sydney June 2, 2020
    Attend on-site orientation activities First week of program
    Online course begins June 8, 2020
    Last day of program July 24, 2020
    Online course ends August 14, 2020


    * These events take place on the UC 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.