Your internship in Melbourne, Australia, is the perfect blend of culture, adventure and commerce. Our Australian internships give you the chance to work in the skyscrapers, ride the trams, and relax on the beaches of this dynamic and diverse city. Melbourne is the home for your ambitions and adventures as you boost your career in this friendly and fascinating country.
Our internships in Australia allow program participants to experience their chosen fields and fast-track their career in a globalized context, building the international networks and experiences that are foundational for future leaders. Our Australia internship program is hugely beneficial to a resume as Melbourne is a commercial powerhouse, Australia’s busiest port, and home to the headquarters of five of Australia’s ten largest corporations. It is also Australia’s artistic heart and the center of its creative industries. Melbourne’s status as an international food destination means that it is host to annual food festivals, pop-up restaurants from Michelin chefs and the coffee capital of the world. Melbourne is also a leader in biotechnology, publishing, finance, fashion, logistics, technology, marketing, and many other industries. Melbourne is also Australia’s events capital and is home to a full calendar of sporting events including the Australian Open Tennis tournament and the Melbourne Cup.
The Australian internship program includes quality accommodation, trips, social events, and 24/7 support from a local team who love their country and can give you insider tips on things to see and do. We provide you with a seamless transition to working life and ensure that you have all the support that you need to settle into your placement. Our program is designed to ensure that you get the most from your experience in this incredible country– and that it serves as a catalyst for your career success. We offer roles at fantastic companies and NGOs throughout Melbourne and partner with industry leaders and innovators across all career fields. CV/resume workshops, professional development training, classes and career mentoring are all included in the program to make sure that you have both the structure and confidence to realize your potential in an international context.
Due to the exclusivity of our partner companies, it must be noted that our program is selective.
From deserts to rainforests, from the Great Barrier Reef to Uluru, Australia is a huge and varied country. Its beaches, weather, wildlife and people make Australia the ultimate friendly travel destinations while Melbourne is one of the safest cities in the world to work, live and study. Melbourne has achieved 97.5/100 on the Economist’s ‘City Livability Index’, the highest of any city, while the Economist Intelligence Unit has named Melbourne the “world’s most livable city” for the last five years running.
Melbourne is a young and vibrant city with forty two per cent of its residents born overseas and a median age of twenty eight. This fresh, cosmopolitan context provides the ideal setting for your international internship program.
Australia is one of the world’s most secure and prosperous countries while Melbourne is home to Australia’s top ranked University and boasts the highest density of commercial art galleries and museums in the world. The multicultural, hospitable city center is surrounded by national parks, beautiful beaches and incredible wildlife. Whether you want to visit the penguins at Phillip Island, tour the region’s great vineyards with the local kangaroos or pass koalas as you drive the Great Ocean Road, the opportunity for adventure is never far away.
At just under two hundred years old, Melbourne is relatively young, but the discovery of gold in the region at the end of the 19th century shone a spotlight on the Victorian state capital inciting massive waves of immigration and propelling Melbourne to become the richest city in the world by 1890.
Melbourne has fully embraced the increasingly globalized workplace, fostered a young and dynamic business sector, and is proud of the rich history that makes this Australian city such a fascinating place. The evidence of Melbourne’s role as Australia’s center of trade and opportunity is abundantly clear in its busy port, beautiful architecture and buzzing restaurant and arts scenes. Culturally diverse, as an Asian-focused export giant, yet anchored strongly in its European roots, Melbourne is the junction where East meets West. Melbourne is safe, prosperous and the quintessential Australian city: the ultimate location for your international internship and Australian adventure.
Visa Requirements for Australia
You must be at least 18 years old and under 31 years old
You must demonstrate an upper intermediate level of English
You should be able to demonstrate that you have adequate means of support to cover all expenses associated with your stay in Australia, including the ability to pay for return air fares to your home country.
You must hold adequate health insurance cover for the entire time you are in Australia (we can ensure you have appropriate cover if required)
If you are outside Australia when you apply, you must be outside Australia when the visa is granted
If you are in Australia when you apply, you must be in Australia when the visa is granted
This visa is valid for the duration of the internship with a maximum length of six months
You must depart Australia when your internship ends
New Zealand nationals do not need a visa to take part in our Australia program.
In Australia we use 2 visas and have 416 (special program) visa status too.
1) 417 Work and Holiday visa. This allows people under 31 to come and spend a year here including an internship for up to 6 months. Application is online and turn around time is typically quick – less than a month. A list of countries eligible is included here. Visa cost: AUD$420
Republic of Cyprus
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders)
Republic of Ireland
Republic of Korea
2) 462 Working holiday visa. This also allows people under 31 to come and spend a year here including an internship for up to 6 months. Some countries have a (very) finite quota, eg. Turkey, Thailand while the USA has a very large number of spots available. US citizens can apply online. A list of countries is included below – the number of countries has been growing. Turn around time is quick – typically less than a month. Visa cost: AUD$420
3) We are a 416 special program sponsor. If you are from a country not listed in the two categories immediately above, please apply as normal and we will advise you on your options.
In addition to these three categories above we can accept those on a current student visa for 20 hours a week during term time and 40 hours a week in the holidays.
What is the age requirement?
If you have finished high school, you qualify for our programs. We have a number of participants that are on their gap year, although the majority are completing undergraduate university degrees. Our programs are also suitable for recent university graduates, MBA graduates, and even experienced professionals in career transition. The key point is this: every internship we arrange is customized for each individual accepted onto our program, and for their unique background/stage of career.
Do I need prior work experience?
No. As we are a customized internship program, our roles coincide with each person’s education level and professional experience. We have a range of program participants – from those doing their first internship to executives with extensive, impressive careers who wish to experience a new career field/destination.
Who do you accept onto the program?
Our program participants have included Harvard MBA graduates to a 17 year old on their first overseas trip. What our thousands of alumni have in common is more fundamental than any educational or professional qualification – it is an international mindset, combining a desire and ambition to further themselves with a keen curiosity to learn more about the world.
To read about how international internships are beneficial for all age groups, visit our blog article.
Our pleasant, student-style accommodation in Melbourne is in the safe area of Preston. It is a 10 minute walk from Bell train station which will get you to the center of the city in under 25 minutes.
All of our interns are provided with secure single room with private shower room/ WC in safe and comfortable accommodation within easy distance of the city center. 10gb of internet per month is also covered, allowing you keep in touch with friends and family as you begin life in your new city.
The accommodation is close to tram, train and a free shuttle bus to the city center is provided. The complex includes two restaurants, a free gym, sauna and swimming pool. There is a bar that overlooks the pool making this the perfect place to share a tea or drink with your fellow interns as you swap your experiences and make new friends on your international internship in Australia.
Upgrades to private apartments, home-stays, and a central location are subject to availability. Upgrade options can be provided on request.
The Intern Group program is more than an internship – it’s an entire experience. The program also includes everything that you need in order to make the most of your internship and your time in Melbourne. All you have to do is take that step and meet us in Melbourne. Our team will do the rest.
In addition to your guaranteed professional internship and quality housing, each Intern Group program includes the following:
Professional development resources to prepare you for a successful career. The focus of our international internship programs is on participants’ personal and professional growth. Alongside developing the independence and cultural awareness of living and working in a new country, our program places equal emphasis on the enhancement of the skills and experience required to fulfill their career ambitions. There are 3 key components to our professional development suite.
Workplace skills workshop on all core communication skills required to succeed in any environment
Self assessment HR tool typically reserved for CEO’s and corporate leaders
A wide array of training materials to ensure you have the guidance and support to maximize the benefit of your internship experience
As part of its professional development program, Intern Australia is proud to partner with the School of Life providing you with classes on philosophy, psychology, professional development and how to live life well.
An unlimited public transportation card for the entire duration of your internship.We provide you with a pre-loaded transportation card for the entire duration of your stay, giving you free and unlimited use of Melbourne’s public transportation! All your transportation in Melbourne is thus taken care of while you are interning.
A full calendar of social and cultural events. Our full-time local team in Melbourne know the city inside out and will show you the best of it! The Australian internship program includes the following events, free of charge for all participants:
Enjoy one of your first meals in the gastronomic capital of Australia.
A walking tour of Melbourne to help locate yourself in your new home!
Eureka SkyDeck experience
Tickets to the top of Melbourne’s tallest building to enjoy brilliant 360 degree views extending to the Dandenong mountain ranges.
Australian wildlife experience
Get up and close with some of Australia’s endemic species.
Ticket to a major local sporting event
Tickets to an event such as The Australian Open Tennis, Formula One Racing, or a visit to the MCG (one of the world’s largest stadiums) to watch a game of International Cricket, or an Australian Rules Football match (depending on season).
Australian vineyard day trip
Enjoy wine tastings at some Australia’s most famous vineyards at The Mornington Peninsula or The Yarra Valley. Trip includes all wines, transport and lunch at a local restaurant.
An active international community in Melbourne where gatherings are constantly planned. At all times of the year we have large numbers of talented participants on our programs from all over the world. You will immediately become part of an international community, providing you with friends and networks to last a lifetime!
Great support from our full-time local team with local expertise, from start to finish. Our full-time team in Melbourne are all incredibly proud of the city and they want to show you why! From organizing your airport pick-up and drop-off to arranging your accommodation, they will ensure that you have everything you need for your arrival and help you settle into this great city. Upon your arrival, you will receive a welcome package with city maps and important information.
This is the Intern Australia Experience. Intern Australia will make sure that you have all of the resources necessary for your professional development and cultural immersion. We want you to work hard but also have the time of your life. Your internship program in Australia includes a wide range of cultural and social events. Check out our participants in Australia:
*Note: Fees are listed in Australian Dollars (AUD)
Duration of Program
Standard Fees year-round
Summer Fees June & July
Program fees do not include visa fees, flights, insurance or daily food & drink.
Summer fees apply to June and July starters.
Program Start Dates
Programs are available all-year-round on a rolling admission schedule with the following start dates:
Alumni Discount – If you have already completed an internship program with us in the past, you are eligible for an Alumni Discount*. *10% Alumni Discount for program start dates year round excluding peak season (June and July). *5% Alumni Discount for program start dates in June and July.
Discount for Pell Grant Recipients- If you are a college student in the USA receiving a Pell Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs.
Please view our financing page for more information on funding your international internship program.
To see if you’re eligible for the Australia Program, please click here.
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