Australia Internship Program

Internships in Australia – Launch Your Career With The Adventure Of A Lifetime

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Internship in Melbourne

Our Internships in Australia:

Melbourne, Australia is the perfect blend of culture and commerce. Our Australia 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 exciting location.

Our internships in Australia allow program participants to experience their chosen industry sector and fast-track their career in a globalized context, building the international networks and experiences that are a foundation for future leaders. Australian internships are 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. It is a leader in biotechnology, publishing, finance, fashion, logistics, technology, marketing, and many other industries.

The Australian internship program includes quality accommodation, trips, insider tips, social events, and 24/7 local support. 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 city– 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 sectors. CV/resume workshops, professional development training, 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.

Apply to our program and boost your career with an internship in Australia!

Internship Australia

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne achieved 97.5/100 on the Economist’s ‘City Liveability Index’, the highest score of any city
Melbourne achieved 97.5/100 on the Economist’s ‘City Liveability Index’, the highest score of any city

The Economist Intelligence Unit has named Melbourne the world’s most livable city for the last three years running. The welcoming atmosphere, extensive transport system and the huge variety of parks and green spaces in the ‘garden state’ ensure this enviable status. 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.

Melbourne is one of the world’s most wealthy per capita cities, is home to Australia’s top ranked University and is Australia’s cultural capital. It also 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, vineyards and rain forests. Whether you want to visit the penguins at Phillip Island, tour the region’s great vineyards or drive the Great Ocean Highway, the opportunity for adventure is never far away. Melbourne is also Australia’s sporting capital and is home to a full calendar of sporting events including the Australian Open Tennis tournament and the Melbourne Cup.

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.

Today mining is still a major contributor to a growing economy, but Melbourne has a well-diversified industrial base. The opulent colonial buildings of the gold rush era offer a pretty contrast to the modern skyscrapers of the multinational corporations in the Central Business District. Melbourne has fully embraced the increasingly globalized work place, 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 the quintessential Australian city and the ultimate location for your international internship.

Top FAQs

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Are these internships paid?

Our Australian internships are unpaid due to immigration laws & local norms. Interns will receive academic credit if desired.

Why should I do the program? How will an internship abroad benefit me?

Our Internship Australia program is an investment in your future and will give you a substantial advantage. International, blue chip work experience will significantly aid you when searching for long term employment. An internship in Australia will demonstrate that you have the ability to think outside the box and handle another culture and language while working for a highly respected name. And the above doesn’t even touch on your personal development and the fun you will have!

I am an Australian national – Can I apply for the Australia program?

Australian nationals are not eligible for our Australia program. If you are from Australia we recommend applying for our programs in Hong Kong, Madrid, London and Latin America.

Our exclusive program aim is to provide accelerated professional and personal development for international participants. Our program focus is around travel, cultural immersion and international education.

I have been accepted onto the program – when is the deadline to confirm my place?

If you have been offered a place on our international internship program, the deadline to confirm your place is set at two weeks after being accepted. If you forgo your acceptance, you will need to reapply.

How do you view re-applicants?

We have many more applicants for our Australia Internship program than places available. As a result of high competition, first-time applicants are given priority in our admissions process. We do not accept reapplications for the Work Experience Australia program within six months of a previous application. Applicants that are reapplying must demonstrate a continued commitment to their professional development, demonstrated on their CV/resume through additional academic, work-place or voluntary experience.

When is the deadline to apply?

Our Internship Melbourne programs start every month of the year. We accept applicants on a rolling basis. We recommend applying at least 2 months before your preferred start date. In high season (May, June, July & August start-dates) we recommend applying at least 3 months before your preferred start date.

How and when do we make our decisions?

We aim to develop an innovative and culturally sensitive new generation ready to tackle the global issues that affect the world today and tomorrow. We value adventure, open mindedness, broad horizons and an international mind set. We generate a large scale flow of top minds to our partner companies, NGOs, hospitals and governments. We value academic excellence and those who think outside the box. After your interview you will be informed within 3 business days if you have been successful in your application.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit our integrated prices page.

What is included in the program?

If you are successful in your application you will receive:

Included in every internship program are:

  • Professional internship with mentorship in Melbourne
  • World-class accommodation (private en-suite bedroom in a great area)
  • Professional development tools, training & workshops (run by local experts and entrepreneurs)
  • Industry-leading workplace performance assessment (created by global HR firm DDI International)
  • Expert training materials on key topics to help you get the most out of your internship experience
  • Airport pick-up (private car to collect you from the airport and take you direct to your apartment)
  • 24/7 emergency assistance from local staff
  • Fantastic tour of the city of Melbourne
  • Written pre-trip Welcome Pack
  • Welcome orientation and luncheon
  • Welcome package including city maps & important program information
  • An active international community of interns in Melbourne with regular events and activities organized
  • Academic credit assistance (where required)
  • Expedited flights and insurance through our partner companies
  • Phillip Island and Penguin Parade Trip
  • Eureka SkyDeck & Edge experience
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Ticket to a major local sporting 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

What is not included in the program?

Air fare, medical insurance & visa costs are not included. Daily food is not included. Daily transport from accommodation to your internship is not included in the Australian Internship program.

Do you offer financial assistance or scholarships?

We only offer scholarships through agreements with partner universities. We recommend speaking with your university to see if your university is a partner and what funding is available for our program. Available funding varies from partner university to partner university. We do not offer scholarships to individuals who are not from one of our partner universities. If you are an individual not from one of our partner universities please view the following links for 3rd party financial aid: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: Institute of International Education

International Education Financial Aid: Financial Aid College Scholarship Search | IEFA

IE Passport Study Abroad Funding Directory: Study Abroad Scholarships | Study Abroad Funding | Institute of International Education

Can I live at home or a relative’s house and take the housing out of the cost?

We are generally unable to remove any elements from our all-inclusive programs. The employers we work with depend and ask for this service, as it guarantees your reliability. However, if you have particular needs please do contact us.

Can I see a list of employers or choose to intern at a specific company?

We do not provide a list of partner companies. Firstly, our list of partner companies is not static. We often partner with new companies if they would be a better match for a participant. We have dedicated out-reach teams, working on our participants´ accounts, in all program destinations, meaning our list of partners is constantly growing and evolving. Secondly, we do not provide a list as interns then attempt to “pick and choose” which companies they specifically want to work for. This promotes unrealistic expectations, as partner company needs, your wishes & background and external factors such as timing are all taken into account during internship-placement. If you are accepted into our program you are guaranteed a great role in your area of interest. However, due to the factors listed above a specific company cannot be guaranteed.

When will I find out where I am interning?

Our Melbourne Team will engage in a collaborative internship placement process with you and confirm your internship role typically around four to six weeks before your departure date. Please note this is a guideline and may differ during peak seasons.

What happens if I don’t get the internship I want?

When you apply you are asked to state your primary & secondary areas of interest (for example, primary preference: law, secondary preference: government & politics). You will be given the chance to discuss and confirm these sector choices during the phone/Skype interview with our Admissions Team. Successful applicants are guaranteed a professional internship in their primary or secondary area of interest.

We are highly experienced in internship placement and pride ourselves on successful matches between our participants and our partner companies. All companies we work with are extensively vetted to make sure they provide a rewarding internship experience for our talented participants. Our confidence in our program is demonstrated by our full money back guarantee.

Our program comes with a full money back guarantee if you are not placed in your primary or secondary area of interest – giving you peace of mind that you will have a fantastic internship experience abroad. It should be noted that the vast majority of interns receive their primary preference area.

Can I speak with the Australia Team before I am accepted and confirm my place in the program?

Due to high volume of applications, we only introduce successful applicants who have formally confirmed their place on the program to our team in Australia.

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How does the internship placement process work?

Click here for our ‘How It Works’ page

Our programs are competitive and early applications are encouraged. Early applications get primary consideration for the most competitive roles in our extensive network. After applying to The Intern Group program and booking a convenient interview time, you will have a Skype/Phone interview with our Admissions Team.

In this 20 minute Skype/Phone interview we will question you about your background, experience and motivations, and discuss the opportunities available within your field. After your interview you will be informed within 3 business days if you have been successful in your application. Successful applicants will then be formally offered a place in our program. You will be asked to confirm your place in the program by making a deposit.

This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in your primary or secondary internship preference area – giving you peace of mind that you will have a fantastic internship experience abroad. Once we have received your deposit you will have formally joined our program and we will introduce you to our team on the ground in your destination. Our team will engage in a collaborative internship placement process with you and prepare you to Skype/Phone interview for well-suited roles in your areas of interest. Interviews will typically be arranged 4-10 weeks prior to your arrival.

Your internship role will typically be confirmed 4-6 weeks prior to your arrival (this is a guideline and may differ during peak seasons). We recommend that you book your flights once your internship details are confirmed. You are then all ready for a fantastic experience abroad.

What hours should I expect to work?

Typically, participants work an average work week of no more than 40 hours. The company at which you are interning will set your work hours but the majority of internships in Australia will take place between 9 am and 5 pm.

Will I obtain academic credit?

We work with universities around the world to assist their students with academic credit requirements. Please see our academic credit information page for more information.


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When is payment due?

In order to confirm your place in the program, you must pay at least 50% of your outstanding balance within 28 days after we have confirmed your internship role. Any remainder is due at least 21 days before the start date of your program. All program fees must be paid in full by this date.

What is the refund/cancellation policy?

Your deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in your primary or secondary internship preference area. Please see more details on the cancellation policy below:

(a) Your Initial Deposit (“Initial Deposit”) is 500 British Pounds Sterling (abbreviated as GBP or £) regardless of destination. The Initial Deposit is for the sole purpose of reserving your position in the Program and covering certain related administrative expenses. Upon receiving your Initial Deposit, The Intern Group agrees to place you in an internship by the Placement Deadline.

(b) Upon payment of your Initial Deposit, you agree to fully co-operate with The Intern Group in its attempts to find you a placement and agree to do so until the passing of the Placement Deadline. Examples of noncooperation include, but are not limited to, not actively working with your assigned representatives from The Intern Group, skipping or missing scheduled internship interviews, not engaging in internship discussions with your Internship Coordinator, not responding to The Intern Group communications in a timely manner, allowing the placement process to be delayed due to missing agreed payment due dates and unreasonably refusing internships offered to you.

(c) If The Intern Group is unable to place you in an internship role in your Preference Area before the Placement Deadline, you will be given the option (i) to drop out of the Program and receive a refund of your Initial Deposit and all other Program payments made by you (“Full Refund”), or (ii) to request that The Intern Group continue the search process until you are placed; and if The Intern Group is still unable to place you within the extended time, you will receive a Full Refund.

(d) However, if you withdraw from the Program for any reason before the placement deadline other than The Intern Group’s failure to place you by the Placement Deadline in your Preference Area, or if The Intern Group determines, in its sole discretion, that you did not fully co-operate in the placement process at any time before the Placement Deadline, The Intern Group will be entitled to 100% of your Initial Deposit.

If you withdraw from the Program for any reason after being placed with a partner organization, The Intern Group will be entitled to 100% of your Initial Deposit and 50% of the Program Fee. If notice is received by us less than 21 days before the Commencement Date, The Intern Group will be entitled to 100% of your Initial Deposit and 100% of the Program Fee. All requests for refunds must be received in writing within 30 days of withdrawal.

I don’t need housing/social activities/etc – can I just pay for what I need?

Ours is an all-inclusive program for all participants, so we are generally unable to remove any elements from the program. However do get in touch if you have special requirements.


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Is attendance at our events mandatory?

All of our events and activities that we organize are optional, but your internship is not. With The Intern Group, you may not miss work for any reason other than health and family emergencies unless previously approved by your employer.

What happens when I arrive in Melbourne?

You will be picked up by our trusted driver on arrival in Melbourne and given a welcome pack & induction by our team at your accommodation. In case you arrive in Melbourne after 11pm local time your welcome pack and induction will be given to you in the morning the next day.

Can I live in the accommodation for some time before or after my internship program?

We can only guarantee housing for the duration of your internship program. If you would like to stay longer, it may be possible to arrange this, but your program fee does not cover this cost and you will need to pay the accommodation provider for the extra time that you spend there.

Who will I be living with?

You will be living with program participants and local/international students.

Our focus is to provide a great experience and to manage serious issues before they become a problem.

It is your responsibility to have a nice, harmonious cohabitation. While we will assist in the case of serious problems, we expect all accepted participants to display high levels of independence, responsibility and maturity.