Published on August 28, 2015

Gap Year internships in Australia

Australia offers lush jungles, 10,000 beaches, an expansive desert, not to mention a wide range of animal life from kangaroos and koalas to camels and sharks. A gap year in Australia will expose you to new environments, cultures, animals and ways of life. It will be an adventure that will change your life forever while also preparing you for your career.




Gap Year internships in Australia allow a you to earn professional experience in a field that interests you while also living an unforgettable adventure abroad. During your time in Melbourne, Australia, you will also develop an appreciation for the city's rich history and cultural diversity. On work days, you will learn about international office culture, taking on important professional roles at your internship in Melbourne. An internship abroad will teach you about your future career and shape you with international experience that will give you a lifelong multicultural perspective.


Why intern in Australia?

Gap year interns in Australia enjoy working in Melbourne. The city is multicultural and open-minded - a great place for young professionals. Gap year interns in Australia are provided accommodations in the city’s secure Preston neighborhood in 10-square-meter rooms with private showers and bathrooms. Intern housing includes internet access, utilities, a kitchen welcome pack, linens and widescreen TVs. Housing is located nearby public transportation with easy access to Melbourne’s city center.




Australia's Great Outdoors

It's no surprise that Australia is home to some of the world's most beautiful and interesting wildlife. Among one of the country's most breathtaking outdoor adventures is the Great Ocean Walk, a long 104km path along the Victorian coast. The gorgeous, oceanside route includes spectacular lookouts and access to the beach. Hikers can take either short walks, daylong treks or hikes that last for several days.


Gap year interns in Australia can enjoy weekend trips to the country's beautiful national parks. To see the country’s lush rain forest, interns can visit the Great Otway National Park. The park offers giant ferns, towering trees, picturesque waterfalls and array of exotic bird life. Most fascinating are the park's famous Melba Gully glow worms. For a view of the southern right whales at the nursery in Warrnambool, interns can visit Port Campbell National Park, which offers an unforgettable view of the rock sculptures of the 12 Apostles. At the inactive volcano at Tower Hill, visitors can interact with authentic Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, emus and koalas.


The Aussie Cultural Capital

Gap year interns will learn firsthand what exactly makes Melbourne Australia's cultural capital. Both the hot live music scene and surprising cultural diversity have contributed to the city's reputation. Melbourne is home to the largest population of people with Greek heritage outside Greece. The city also has been influenced by large populations of Chinese, Italians, Vietnamese and Lebanese immigrants.




One of Melbourne's hippest and most colorful neighborhoods is Fitzroy. The chic, bohemian sector is bursting with personality, featuring quirky vintage shops like Vintage Sole and Somebuddy Loves you and specialty book stores like Brunswick Street Books and Polyester. Visitors can pop into coffee shops and art galleries on a lazy Saturday or Sunday. The neighborhood's famous Bruswick Street is also great for either a refreshing beer or delicious breakfast food.



Melbourne's hot entertainment scene is centered around music. Melbourne is known worldwide for its live music, with the highest number of live music venues in Australia. Sweaty, coolly uncouth venues like Cherry or Ding Dong lounge are ideal for catching up-and-coming talent. Meanwhile, many country, roots and folk bands play at joints like Cornish Arms and Sydney Road. The city also has its share of theatres, galleries, pubs, bars and clubs.


What our alumni have to say:

Jaclen said her graphic design internship at Next Marketing in Melbourne, Australia gave her the chance to improve her portfolio and earn professional experience abroad, working with 5 to 6 different clients a day. "It's definitely given me more confidence in my design capabilities and I think it will also help you know my resume just having that experience of working in another country," Jaclen said.


Looking back at her tourism internship in Melbourne, Melissa said was excited by everything she learned to prepare her for her career. "This experience has taught me the values I want to keep as a business woman going into my job when I come home," Melissa said.


Meanwhile, at her communications internship in Melbourne, Christine loved being able to earn valuable real-world work experience while living in a new culture. "I chose The Intern Group because they offer high quality internships and they allowed me to come to a foreign city and live like the locals which I really loved. I think it definitely made for a better experience."


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Photo 1. based on Twelve Apostoles, Australia, by Sami Keinänen, CC-by-S.A. 2.0

Photo 2. based on Grey headed Flying fox, by Duncan PJ, CC-by-S.A. 2.0

Photo 3. based on Melbourne, by Peter Mackey, CC-by-2.0

The author
Elizabeth Trovall
After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her third year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.

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