A Swinburne overseas internship will provide you with sought-after industry experience that will help you stand out from the crowd of other graduates when it comes to getting a job. You can even gain academic credit for your overseas internship.

Overseas internships are usually short-term, unpaid opportunities in an area relevant to your studies. Swinburne partners with providers who can help you source an overseas internship and arrange visas, accommodation and social activities.   

Summer 2019/20 internships

Want to plan ahead? Explore our internships to see where in the world you could go over the summer semester break in January/February in 2021.

  • London internships

    London internships

    Experience London with its buzzing creative scene and reputation as the epicentre of business and finance.

  • China engineering internships

    China engineering internships

    Immerse yourself in Chinese culture in the city of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province - a major manufacturing and export hub in China. 

  • Berlin business and technology internships

    Berlin business and technology internships

    Gain work experience in the home to creativity, the arts, and a booming start-up scene.

  • USA internships

    USA internships

    Our internship partners AIC will source you an internship that is totally tailored to your studies and provide logistical support.

  • Malaysia architecture and design internships

    Malaysia architecture and design internships

    Experience the blend of colonial, Asian and Malay Islamic inspirations in Kuala Lumpur on your internship. 

  • London Fashion Week internships

    London Fashion Week internships

    Be a part of the London Faashion Week 2020 by interning before, during and after the event in London.

  • Education placements in Malaysia

    Education placements in Malaysia

    Teach at local schools in Kuching, Malaysia for your education placement and stand out from other graduates.

  • Law internships in Malaysia

    Law internships in Malaysia

    Spend your summer gaining valuable industry experience in Malaysia’s dynamic capital, Kuala Lumpur. 

  • Vietnam health science internships

    Vietnam health science internships

    Intern in the heart of the Mekong Delta, working at the Can Tho Medical and Pharmacy University Hospital. 

  • Vietnam ICT internships

    Vietnam ICT internships

    A growing hub for IT and technology start-ups, Vietnam is a great place to spend your summer interning at a local IT organisation. 

  • Canada film, TV, games and animation internship

    Canada film, TV, games and animation internship

    Experience ‘Hollywood North’, Canada’s film production hub — Vancouver. 

  • Independent internships

    Independent internships

    If you want an internship at a specific location and for a specific duration, an independent internship could be the perfect fit for you.

Winter 2020 internships

All Winter 2020 overseas internship programs have been cancelled due to the global spread of the Coronavirus. Want to plan ahead for Winter 2021? You can browse through these programs to get an idea of what we might offer.

  • USA internships

    USA internships

    Make Los Angeles or New York your home for 6 weeks through our multi-disciplinary USA internships.

  • Canada internships

    Canada internships

    Experience a northern hemisphere summer in Canada, choosing from the multi-cultural city of Toronto, or scenic Vancouver.

  • London internships

    London internships

    Live like a local in one of the world’s most visited cities, and a hub of global business and finance, with a buzzing creative scene. 

  • Vietnam nursing experience

    Vietnam nursing experience

    Complete a placement at Can Tho University Hospital, as well as outreach work in local villages that don't have regular access to health care. 

  • Vietnam ICT internships

    Vietnam ICT internships

    Enjoy amazing cuisine and landscapes in a growing hub for IT and technology start-ups. 

  • Tokyo internships

    Tokyo internships

    Experience the eclectic mix of old cultural charm and fast-paced future development in Tokyo, Japan. 

  • Internship in Malaysia for women in STEM

    Internship in Malaysia for women in STEM

    Gain industry experience, form connections and attend empowering events through this 6-week internship in Malaysia.

  • China engineering internships

    China engineering internships

    Experience China and delve into its rich culture whilst interning at an Engineering firm for 5 weeks in Guangdong, China.

  • Berlin internships

    Berlin internships

    Creativity, art, business start-ups and nightlife - Berlin internships offer incredible opportunities to experience all this city has to offer.

  • Independent internships

    Independent internships

    If you want an internship at a specific location and for a specific duration, an independent internship could be the perfect fit for you.

Semester 2020 internships

Semester internships are available in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 in the year 2020.

  • Taiwan Province professional placements

    Taiwan Province professional placements

    Base yourself in Taiwan Province's capital Taipei and explore the lively city while undergoing a 6 or 12-month paid placement. 

  • Independent internships

    Independent internships

    If you want an internship at a specific location and for a specific duration, an independent internship could be the perfect fit for you.

  • Malaysia engineering internships

    Malaysia engineering internships

    Add global work experience to your resume and put your engineering knowledge into practice.

Get in the know

  • Live and work in another country and culture
  • Develop independence
  • Build international career networks
  • Add global work experience to your resume
  • Gain academic credit  - it is possible to gain academic credit for an overseas internship. The type of credit you receive will depend on the degree you are studying. Learn more about gaining academic credit from overseas internships.

Specific eligibility requirements depend on the academic unit being utilized, but all students must meet the minimum program eligibility criteria below:

  • Be studying an undergraduate course
  • Completed at least 100CP (8 units)
  • Have an average weighted mark of at least 60%, OR if your average is 50–60%, satisfy additional assessment criteria
  • Have available space in your course for the applicable academic unit (domestic students may be able overload their degree)

At Swinburne, we partner with internship providers who can help you source an overseas internship. 

With hundreds of industry partners in multiple overseas destinations, we can help find you an internship tailored just for you that includes visas, accommodation, in-country orientation, social and cultural activities and business networking events.  

 The internship providers that we partner with have in-country staff to provide 24/7 support. They are experts in all things internships, so you can feel confident that you are getting the best experience and support wherever you decide to do your internship.   

 Swinburne may run group internship programs with our internship providers, where we specify the dates, duration and location of an internship, and students will travel together to a destination and undertake internships during the same period. There are also independent internship program options, where you’ll still receive the same full support from our in-country partners and a customised internship role, but you won’t be with other Swinburne students. 

If you have a specific company you would like to work for overseas, or if you do not want an internship package, you can self-source an internship placement. Swinburne Abroad will help you to confirm if it is a suitable internship, and if you can receive academic credit for it. You won’t have the assistance of an internship provider to assist with visas, accommodation, in-country support etc. and will need to arrange these things on your own. 

Scholarships

Swinburne Abroad offers scholarships for overseas internship programs. These are advertised on our Fee Help and Scholarships page.

OS HELP Loans

If you are undertaking an overseas internship for academic credit, you may be eligible for an OS-HELP Loan.

 The OS-HELP Loan is an Australian Government scheme for Australian students that provides funding for international study experiences. This loan is added to your HECS debt, which you do not have to repay until your income reaches the minimum repayment threshold.

 The maximum loan amounts in 2020 are:

  • $8,295 for destinations in the Asian region
  • $6,913 for destinations in any other region

For more information on funding see Fee Help and Scholarships.

You will apply for an OS HELP Loan as part of your online application, so you do not need to complete the PDF form found via the link above

Research

Decide if you would like to participate in one of Swinburne’s group programs, or undertake an independent internship.

Determine which academic unit you will use

Every internship is for-credit, and every student will be enrolled in to a unit of study whilst on their internship. The unit you utilize will depend on your course, and the duration of your internship program. Check out the options here.

Apply online

Submit an application online via our online application system (please note you need to complete both pages). You will select your desired internship program, as well as which academic unit you will utilize.

Apply to internship provider

Swinburne will guide you on how to apply to your internship provider. The initial application requires basic personal information, the industry sector you would like to intern in, and a copy of your resume.

Note: You must select an industry sector that is the closest match to your Swinburne course in order to receive academic credit for the experience.

Phone interview

Complete a phone interview with your internship provider. They will find out more about you, including your studies, skills, your interests and what you hope to gain from the internship. They will use this information to find a host organisation that is suitable for you and your studies.

Searching for a host organisation

Your internship provider will start the search for your host organisation. You may have Skype interviews with potential companies. Payment schedules differ between providers during this time. If eligible, we will guide you on how to apply for an OS HELP Loans and/or Overseas Internships Scholarships at this stage. 

Note: This part of the application process takes the longest. It is normal to receive final details of your internship up to four weeks from departure. You are not guaranteed a host organisation, but it is highly likely you will be placed in an internship.

If your application is successful, Swinburne Abroad will issue you with an offer into the internship program.

However, this does not guarantee acceptance from the internship provider or a host organisation. We will guide you along the process of applying to a provider and finding an organisation.

Note: This part of the application process takes the longest. It is normal to receive final details of your internship up to four weeks from departure. You are not guaranteed a host organisation.

Pre-Departure

Host organisation approval
Once you are allocated to a host organisation, Swinburne Abroad needs to conduct checks to confirm that it is a suitable placement for you and meets Swinburne’s academic requirements. An internship agreement will be prepared for signing by all parties.

Pre-departure steps
Once Swinburne has confirmed your host organisation, you can work with your internship provider to arrange all logistics such as flights, visas, accommodation etc. Swinburne offers free travel insurance to students (subject to requirements) which we will assist you with. You will attend a mandatory pre-departure session, and submit required travel documentation to Swinburne Abroad. We will ensure you are enrolled in the correct academic unit.

Post-departure

Depart for your internship
It is time to depart on your internship journey! Your internship provider will give you an in-country orientation and ensure you are settled in and familiar with your new city. They will assist you on your first day of work, and throughout your placement they will organise social, cultural and networking activities for you and other interns.

Complete your academic work
You will be enrolled into an academic unit for the duration of your internship, and you may need to complete assessments before, during and after the internship. It is your responsibility to check what academic work you need to complete and to stay in contact with the relevant academic staff.

Want free travel insurance?

Swinburne offers free travel insurance to students (subject to requirements). You will attend a mandatory pre-departure session and submit required travel documentation to Swinburne Abroad who will ensure you are enrolled in the correct academic unit.

Need help with your overseas internship?

Having trouble with the application process or do you just need a little more information? The friendly team at Swinburne Abroad are here to answer any questions you may have regarding your overseas internship. Call +61 3 9214 5926 or click the button below. 

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