Published on October 1, 2015
1. The wildlifeKangaroos, dingoes, the Great Barrier Reef, dophins, sharks, koalas, glow worms... the list of fascinating Australian wildlife goes on and on. With the Outback, beautiful beaches, dry deserts, snow-capped mountains and a warm ocean, there's tons of unique and diverse creatures and plant life "Down Under" for exploration. Inspired by their country's beautiful natural environments and array of wildlife surrounding them, many Australians share a passion for environmentalism and conservation.
2. International commerce
Interns in Australia will be based in Melbourne, which is a commercial powerhouse and home to Australia's busiest port. Moreover, five of the country's ten largest companies are based in Melbourne, making an internship in the city hugely beneficial. Australia's economic relationship with Asian markets is another compelling reason for interns to live and work in Australia.
3. It's the most liveable
Melbourne has been dubbed "The World's Most Liveable City" for five years in a row. Three other Australian cities made it into the top ten. The rankings, assembled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, take into account infrastructure, education, environment, healthcare and stability.
4. The beaches
The warm Australian ocean has so much to offer a sun-loving intern in Australia. You can find good surf all year long and even explore the Great Barrier Reef. Both locals and visitors alike enjoy hiking The Great Ocean Walk which is a hike that stretches along the beach, across the Victorian coast.
As an intern in Australia, you'll live in Melbourne, the country's capital of live music. Despite its many theatres, galleries, comedy clubs and cinemas, the city’s big draw is its exploding live music scene which is abundant and diverse. In fact, Australia’s highest number of live music venues are clustered in Melbourne. The city is also known for its affection for vinyls, with over 50 record shops in Melbourne alone.
Live music, along with colorful festivals like the Melbourne festival and the Moomba festival are just the beginning of what make Melbourne so hip. For example, the city is full of beautiful street art, with many works by Britain's graffiti king, Banksy. Melbourne also has tons of tattoo parlors, vintage shops, cafes and dining establishments to keep an intern in Australia busy for their entire stay.
Australia's enthusiastic sports fans are a little different than the rest of the world's. First of all, the country has its own version of football called "Aussie Rules," which is a must-see for interns in Australia. Locals are also crazy for Melbourne's Cup Day, the most significant horse racing event of the year in Australia. The competition is held the first Tuesday of November every year and is a Victoria state (Melbourne) public holiday. Interns also must take the time to check out Melbourne's incredible sports coliseum, the MCG, which can hold over 100,000 fans at one time.
8. It's English-speaking
English is the language of business and the world. Experience in Australia will give non-native speakers the chance to improve their English skills in a professional environment. Meanwhile, North American and UK citizens won't have to worry about a foreign language if they decide to intern in Australia while still having the opportunity to get to know a new culture.