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8 Things To Do In Melbourne As An International Intern

Melbourne is a young, hip city, and an ideal destination for an intern abroad. With a thriving live music scene and an active, youthful population, there’s no better place to be as a twenty-something seeking international experience and a career-boosting internship. Melbourne’s claim to fame is that it is regularly voted “The World’s Most Livable City.” It is home to many of Australia’s major universities, has cuisine from around the world,  and a thriving art scene.

Here are the top things to do in Melbourne:

Get to know the café culture

Melbourne is well known for being home to some of the very best cafes in the world. In every neighborhood, you’ll find cafes that are distinct and full of character, each serving up delicious coffee. People from all around the world come to Melbourne’s cafes to meet, work, eat and relax.

See the views

Melbourne is an expansive and beautiful city. As an international intern, you’ll likely spend time exploring each of its neighborhoods and alleyways, and of course seeing the top sights. However, one of the best ways to see Melbourne is from above. Head to the Eureka Skydeck for beautiful view of the entire city, day or night.


Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens

Whether you’re an avid lover of botany or are just looking for a relaxing place to explore, Melbourne’s botanic gardens are the place for you. The gardens are expansive, diverse and incredibly beautiful. They also make a great event venue. From outdoor movies to poetry shoots and boat tours, there is plenty to keep you busy at the gardens.

See an outdoor movie at Moonlight Cinema

Moonlight Cinema is one of the most popular outdoor movie theaters in Australia. An evening at this fantastic venue should be at the top of every interns list of things to to do in Melbourne. In summer months, you’ll find hundreds of Melbourne locals and visitors alike in the botanical garden, watching everything from new releases to classics.

Check out the street art on Hosier Lane

The urban art scene in Melbourne is world famous. The street art on Hosier Lane is part of the reason the city is considered an art hub globally. The lane is full of colors and images created by artists from every part of the globe, and is one of the best places for photos in the city!

Sample international cuisine

Melbourne is an incredibly international city, and of course has an amazing food scene. Sampling food from around the world is one of the best things to do in Melbourne. The city’s food culture is vibrant, exciting, and delicious. Melbourne claims the world’s largest Italian and Greek populations (outside the countries themselves).

Catch a game

Melbourne is a city that loves sports. Whether it’s rugby, football, tennis, horse racing, sailing or cricket, every intern should experience an Australian sporting event.

Go to a live show

Melbourne is one of the live music capitals of the world. As an intern, make sure you don’t miss out on the fantastic experience of a concert in this amazing city. It is a top destination for the world’s top musicians, bringing top headliners from every genre and region of the world. Melbourne also has the highest concentration of live music venues in the country, so you’re sure to meet Aussies from around the country at these events.


Apply now for an international internship in Australia and boost your career!





1. Bathing Boxes, by Bernard Spragg, CC 1.0

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Photos and blog by Elizabeth Trovall

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