Design Internships in Melbourne

Artists and other people working in creative industries are in constant search of something to tickle their imagination and ignite their creative streak, which later leads to masterpieces. Whether you are an artist, an architect, or a designer, you know that traveling is undeniably one of the best sources of inspiration, as you experience a range of new emotions upon exploring unknown places and meeting new people. Melbourne, which has been crowned the world’s most livable city for four consecutive years, is also one of the greatest “habitats” for artistic souls and anyone involved in the creative industry– especially designers and architects. Its edgy and multifaceted culture has attracted many artists from different corners of the world, and we would highly recommend that you join them if you need a new dose of inspiration.

Melbourne is truly a city of contrasts: it is a place where quirky postmodern architecture stands alongside sophisticated Victorian buildings, without one style overshadowing the other. Quite on the contrary, together they create a harmonious picture which gives Melbourne a unique, eclectic personality that is well-loved by artists and designers. It should therefore not come as a surprise that urban and landscape design is one of the leading design specializations in Melbourne. Additionally, the city’s aesthetically pleasing surroundings have definitely contributed to its livability factor. Eclecticism can be found not only in the architecture of the city, but also within its commercial and industrial spheres. Here in Melbourne, art and design are not only well-developed within creative industries, but they also support others, including the automotive and aerospace sectors. Another booming sector is the video games design sector, which is supported by the strength of the IT industry in the country.


Design in Melbourne


Melbourne houses hundreds of design firms, including architectural, exhibition, fashion, furniture, graphic, jewelry, industrial, multimedia, product, and web designers. The Victoria region has around 4,000 design consultancy firms of varying caliber, which together contribute more than AU$4.8 billion to Victoria’s economy. Overall, there are more than 185,000 people occupied in various design sectors. Most Australian professional designers go through postsecondary education and formal training as per minimum requirement by employers. Thankfully, this requirement can be satisfied locally by obtaining an internationally recognized degree from one of the leading providers of education in design, textile, and fashion– RMIT University. There are other high-quality schools in Melbourne, such as Monash and Swinburne Universities, which provide great education in design. After obtaining the degree, some young design professionals seek employment in agencies and studios, while more adventurous ones start their own projects.

Central Melbourne is the home of many design professionals. Unlike most world capitals, its city center is not only the ideal place for businesses to establish their home offices, but also for designers to set up their hearth and homes. There are also plenty of dining and cultural options, including theaters, music halls, and museums, where creative professionals can go after work to unwind, as well as get another dose of inspiration. How convenient is it when everything you need is within walking distance of your home? All the aforementioned perks count toward the livability points of this fine city.

If you are an aspiring designer, you must at least visit Melbourne. The energy of this city and its versatility will push you out of your creative comfort zone and inspire you to experiment within your field. Melbourne offers many venues for designers to foster their ideas and meet like-minded artistic souls. There are art and design events year-round, which you should definitely check out. One of the most significant events that you should not miss is the Melbourne International Design Week. According to the official website, this event “highlights the role of design as a catalyst for innovation, linking creativity with business, technology and society.” As a final thought, here is a short abstract from the Design Institute of Australia website, which sheds light on the reality of the design industry: “Design is much more than the ability to draw. […] Design embodies the full range of problem solving skills from those that are strictly rational, analytical and objective, to those that are inspirational, artistic and subjective.”

Apply now for the chance to intern in a top design firm in Melbourne!


Photo 1. based on Street art on Degraves St: Be Free, by Katherine Lim, CC BY 2.0

Photo 2. based on Melbourne, by Peter Mackey, CC BY-ND 2.0


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  1. Mengling Wu on March 19, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    My name is Mengling Wu, and I am interested in this internship program in Melbourne. Could you please send me more information about it? Thank you.

    Mengling Wu

    • Kaylea on March 22, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Hi Mengling,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program in Australia. Melbourne is a creative city and known for it’s art and design internships, I’ll send you some more information to look over today.

  2. Laura on April 7, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Hi, my name is Laura Torres.
    I’m student of industrial design and I woulh like to know more about your intership programs and the requirements.
    Thanks you.

    • Kaylea on April 11, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Hi Laura,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program in Australia. Melbourne is a great city for creative industries like design, I’ll send you some more information today to your email.

  3. OrsI Orban on April 29, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    my name is Orsi Orban. I was wondering if you could send me over some more information about the internship program in Melbourne.

    • Kirstie Weston on May 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Hi Orsi,
      Thanks for your message. Of course! I’ll send over some more information to your email later this afternoon about the Melbourne program. Have a lovely day.

  4. Balu Aravind on June 26, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    I am really willing to do an internship in Melbourne. Plz provide more informations.
    Thank you.

    • Kaylea on June 27, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Hi Balu,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our Melbourne internship program. I’ll send you an email today with more information and the steps on how to apply. We look forward to seeing your application!

  5. Nicole Harrington on July 12, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Hi my name is Nicole Harrington and I am a communication student in Texas. I would love to receive more information on this program! Thank you!

    • Kaylea on July 12, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Hi Nicole,
      Thanks for your message. What kind of internship are you looking for? We have many fields a communications student could fit under. I’ll send you some more information today regarding our programs, if you have any further questions we can chat via email!

  6. Juan Esteban on August 8, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Hi, I would like to recieve more information about this program. Thank you.

    • Kaylea on August 9, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Juan,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program. I’ll send you some more information today regarding our internship programs, specifically in Melbourne.

  7. Joseph Li on August 12, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Hi my name is Joseph Li and I am a industrial design student in Sydney. I would love to know more about this program! Thank you!

    • Kaylea on August 16, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Joseph,
      Thanks for your message! Our program provides international internships to students and recent graduates from around the world. The idea is to gain hands-on experience in your career field, while having an international and cross cultural experience at the same time. I will send you some more information via email today.

  8. Zoë Lion on October 15, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Hi my name is Zoë Lion, I study interior design in Belgium and I would like some more information about the Melbourne design internships.
    Thank you!

    • Kaylea on October 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Hi Zoe,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program in Australia. Melbourne is a creative hub in Australia with many different roles in design available. I’ll send you some more information today.

  9. martha crimmins on November 27, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I am a surface pattern design student from the UK looking for an internship in home textile design/fashion print design.
    Are this a type of internship that could be offered?

    • Kaylea on November 28, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Martha,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program in Australia. Yes – we have all kinds of design internships available, from prints and textiles to graphic design. I’ll send you some more information via email today.

  10. Kirsty on January 6, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve taken interest in your design internships in places such as Australia and America Im looking for illustration, animation, or anything which provides creating thinking!

    • Kaylea on January 12, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Kirsty,
      Thanks for your message and your interest in our program. Both Australia and our US locations offer great roles in design, from graphic design, animation, filmmaking and more. I’ll send you some more information today via email.

  11. Anna Radford on July 6, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Hi Kaylea,

    I’m an anthropology student with a background in arts and moving to Melbourne soon looking for an interesting internship. Could you please send me more info on internships in Melbourne.



    • Gabrielle Trasatti on July 6, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Hi Anna, thanks for your message! Yes, of course! We just sent you an email with additional information. We look forward to seeing your application. Warm regards

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