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Advisor: Candice Snowden Who Can Apply?: Mass Public Colleges
Fields of Study: Anthropology, Art History, Asian/Pacific/American Studies, Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC), Business, Communication, Economics, Film Studies, Finance & Operations Management, Hospitality & Tourism Management, International Business, International Relations, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Operations & Information Management, Political Science, Psychology, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, Sport Management, Theater, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program Options: Internship Credits
Host Institution: CAPA Language(s) of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Provider: CAPA
Program Type: Community Service Learning, Internship (Full), Internship (Part), US/Int'l Student Center Summer Program Duration: 6 weeks
In Classes With: All US Students Minimum Class Standing: 2nd Sem Sophomore
Application Includes: CAPA Application Housing: Apartment
Program Description:

Program Overview/Academics

The semester Sydney Internship Program is designed to place students in 6 credit (24 hours/week) internships with various companies and organizations, and to offer a range of complementary coursework for a total of 12-15 credits.

The Summer Program allows students to earn 3-6 credits during its 6-week summer session. Students can choose to intern for 3 credits (interning 20 hours/week) or 6 credits (interning 32 hours/week). Students may also choose not to intern and take 1 - 2 classes (3 credits each).

Internship Opportunities

Internship placements are individually arranged by the Sydney Internship Coordinator. The academic context for the internship credit consists of a course. In the course, students will have the opportunity to discuss various aspects of working in Sydney and learn about other facets of Australian culture. Students will be expected to keep a comprehensive journal and to prepare a final integrative paper on the internship experience. Grades will be assigned by the faculty coordinator.

The Internship Director will provide an orientation on working in Australia as well as support services on a continual basis throughout the term. Placements are available in a wide range of sites, including businesses, corporations, art galleries and museums, government agencies, publishing companies, radio stations, non-profit organizations, and many more. Specific placements depend on the background, training, interests and abilities of students, as well as their success in securing the internship in the final interview held during the first few days in Sydney. Internships are not paid.


Students may choose to take two or three 3-credit courses in addition to the internship course for a total of 12-15 credits. Courses are taught to the U.S. students by Australian faculty and visiting U.S. faculty.


Sydney, AustraliaSydney is Australia's largest city with a population of 4 million people. Located on the East Coast, this thriving harborside metropolis is renowned for its great natural beauty and famous architecture. Sydney's major attractions include Sydney Opera House, one of the world's most recognizable buildings constructed between 1959 and 1973 and designed by Danish architect Joern Utzon. Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the city's most distinctive and imposing structures and Sydney Tower 3050m tall and offering panoramic views of the city. Shopping opportunities abound from exclusive boutiques in Double Bay, antique sores in Paddington to lively week-end markets in The Rocks and Balmain. The city's extensive transport communication network of ferries trains and buses can quickly connect you to Taronga Zoo, Sydney Harbour Island National Park, or the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. As the nations cultural and commercial hub Sydney offers a wealth of opportunity in a wide variety of fields, including sports, conservation, the arts and business disciplines.

The Sydney Internship Program is hosted by CAPA: Global Network, which is located in Ultimo, an inner-city suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales. CAPA provides full support for the program, including housing, classes, internships, orientations, field trips and general information.

Living Arrangements

Students will live with other U.S. student participants at the apartment complex called UrbanNest. Each apartment has a dining area, kitchen, and four bedrooms to house 8 students per apartment.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 12/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.