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Internship & Study Program in Sydney, Australia

Full-Time Winter Trimester Internships in Sydney, Australia

The application period for the 2015-2016 program has closed.

To enquire about a late application contact the IOP Director.

Intern on a full-time basis in Sydney, Australia!

Earn up to twelve 300-level Augustana academic credits. Students fulfill up to nine 300-level internship credits and three credits in Business Ethics (RELG327 (PH)) or Intercultural Communication (COMM330 (PH-G)). Interns fulfill the PH Learning Perspective, and earn 300-level internship credit. Biology majors may also earn biology internship credit upon approval of the biology department. Other majors may earn departmental internship credit with approval of their major departments. 

All interns must be approved by the International Office, the Dean of Students Office, their major departments, and CAPA International Education, our partner organization in Sydney. An extensive application process is required, including an internship profile, placement request, and two letters of recommendation. Adherence to deadlines is mandatory for participation in this study abroad.

Academics:  Students complete program-specific sections of either COMM 330: Intercultural Communications (Varallo) or RELG 327: Business Ethics (Lee) prior to departure and 9 credits of INTR (Internship) in their major area.  This program qualifies as a Learning Community.

For more information, please contact Karen M. Petersen, Director of Employer Relations and Internships. She may be reached at (309) 794-7456 or in Olin 119. 

Housing: In Sydney, all students will be housed in shared apartments within easy commuting time to all central locations within the city.  Students who are living on campus during the Fall & Spring terms should expect to pay for housing and a meal plan on campus for the first 5 weeks of the program.  Students who are living off-campus should be sure to arrange for housing during the first five weeks of the Winter Term.  Program fees do not include the cost of housing during this on-campus portion of the term.

Program Calendar:  Students enroll in the program in January of the year prior to departure and must complete required documents and program payments to retain their program participation.  Internship placements and housing information will generally be provided to the students by week 5 of winter term (approximately Dec. 15). Sydney interns complete a learning community of an internship seminar and 5-week class on campus in November & December before departing for Australia. Interns may leave for Sydney for independent travel after classes end in December, with check in for the program the 2nd week of January. Interns may also take advantage of a group flight to Sydney, leaving the USA in mid-January if they do not wish to travel independently or arrive early for independent travel.  A local orientation in Sydney takes place upon arrival and then interns complete a 7 week internship in their major academic field of study. Upon completion of the full-time internship, interns return to the USA the weekend before Spring Term courses begin.

Eligibility:  This program is open to all students beyond the first year. It has a cap of 50 students.  The program is competitive (more applications than positions available) and is recommended for juniors and seniors.  All students will be veted by the Dean of Students office and all participants must have the internship program approved by their major department.

Program Cost: For Winter 2015-2016 costs are tentatively priced at $18,800.  Program fees includes winter term tuition, group round-trip airfare, shared housing in flats, internship placement and seminar, Sydney local transportation pass, CAPA support and services, insurance, orientation and two day trips. Students who do not wish to use the group flight will pay a reduced program fee, typically $2,000-$2,500 less than the advertised program cost.  The program fees may increase due to fuel upcharge fees and fluctuating exchange rate.

Students typically budget an additional $1,500 to $3,500 for living expenses while in Australia. These expenses include meals, recreation, refundable damage deposit ($150), and additional travel.

Financial Aid:  Students participating in this program are eligible for the same grants, scholarships and loan eligibility while abroad as they would be for this trimester on campus.  When billed for the program each student will receive a detailed billing statement which reduces the cost of the program in accordance with the student's anticipated financial assistance. 

This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 6 terms or 60 credits (junior status) or higher at the time of departure.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.

 More information, including photos and testimonials from past participants, 

may be found at the Business Administration Department's Australia Website.

 Questions? Please contact Karen Petersen, Carreers & Development | CORE | 309.794.7456

 This program is open only to full-time Augustana students. 

A $2,000 Augie Choice grant is available to all students who are juniors or seniors

or who have completed 6 terms at Augustana prior to departure of the program.