- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.5 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Second Semester Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
This 8-week internship program in Melbourne, Australia offers successful applicants the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience in the industry sector of your choice in one of the world’s leading cities, all while making important global connections and boosting your resume and future career.
This program will allow you to experience your chosen fields and fast-track your career in a globalized context, building the international networks and experiences that are foundational for future leaders. 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. Melbourne’s status as an international food destination means that it is host to annual food festivals, pop-up restaurants from Michelin chefs and the coffee capital of the world. Melbourne is also a leader in biotechnology, publishing, finance, fashion, logistics, technology, marketing, and many other industries. Melbourne is also Australia’s events capital and is home to a full calendar of sporting events including the Australian Open Tennis tournament and the Melbourne Cup.
The Australian internship program includes quality accommodation, trips, social events, and 24/7 support from a local team who love their country and can give you insider tips on things to see and do. On-site staff will ensure you have a seamless transition to working life and make sure that you have all the support that you need to settle into your internship placement. This program is designed to ensure that you get the most from your experience in this incredible country– and that it serves as a catalyst for your career success.
The Intern Group offer roles at fantastic companies and NGOs throughout Melbourne and partner with industry leaders and innovators across all career fields. Resume workshops, professional development training, classes 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.
Summer: early June - late July
From deserts to rain forests, from the Great Barrier Reef to Uluru, Australia is a huge and varied country. Its beaches, weather, wildlife and people make Australia the ultimate friendly travel destination while Melbourne is one of the safest cities in the world to work, live and study. Melbourne has achieved 97.5/100 on the Economist’s ‘City Livability Index’, the highest of any city, while the Economist Intelligence Unit has named Melbourne the “world’s most livable city” for the last five years running.
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.
Australia is one of the world’s most secure and prosperous countries while Melbourne is home to Australia’s top ranked University and 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 and incredible wildlife. Whether you want to visit the penguins at Phillip Island, tour the region’s great vineyards with the local kangaroos or pass koalas as you drive the Great Ocean Road, the opportunity for adventure is never far away.
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.
Melbourne has fully embraced the increasingly globalized workplace, 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 safe, prosperous and the quintessential Australian city: the ultimate location for your international internship and Australian adventure.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Penn State Global website.