You can undertake an independent internship with any of our internship providers, where you select your desired city, length and dates. You may be the only Swinburne student going to that destination, but other international interns may join you in your program city.  

Things to consider while planning an independent internship:

  • Different providers include different services in their program fee, it is your responsibility to compare and decide which provider is best for you
  • Each provider has different payment schedules and refund policies
  • We recommend completing your internship in summer or winter, if you complete your internship during a semester you may not be eligible for funding such as OS HELP or Centrelink as you will not be ‘full time’
  • Certain locations are better for certain study areas, your provider can advise you on the best location for you
  • Certain providers and locations have minimum program lengths
  • Your internship dates must fall within a Swinburne study period, our providers have different intake dates, that may or may not be flexible
  • You must apply to Swinburne before applying directly to a provider to confirm if you are eligible for academic credit and/or funding assistance

The 2020/21 summer break is from 23 November 2020 – 28 February 2021. Depending on your exam timetable, you may be able to begin your internship, or arrive in country, before this date. There is not a set deadline for independent internships, rather providers will ‘close’ intake dates as they become full. It is recommend you apply at least six months prior to your commencement date, so please apply to Swinburne Abroad by mid-June to maximise your location options.

Note: If you would like to undertake an independent internship during Summer 2020/21, please ensure you have discussed this with the Swinburne Abroad office. COVID-19 has changed the availability of some internship providers, locations, processes and policies that our team can advise you about. 

The 2020 winter break is from 21 June 2020 – 1 August 2020.  Depending on your exam timetable, you may be able to begin your internship, or arrive in country, before this date. There is not a set deadline for independent internships, rather providers will ‘close’ intake dates as they become full. It is recommend you apply at least six months prior to your commencement date, so please apply to Swinburne Abroad by mid-January to maximise your location options.

It is possible to complete an independent internship during semester. Your internship must fall within the semester study period dates. However, during this time an internship is not classified as a ‘full time’ study load so students will not be eligible for Centrelink or OS HELP Loans, unless they undertake an additional online unit of study. Whilst this is possible, juggling a full-time internship, academic internship unit plus an additional subject can be difficult and will not be possible for all study areas.

There is not a set deadline for independent internships, rather providers will ‘close’ intake dates as they become full. It is recommended you apply at least six months prior to your commencement date, so please apply to Swinburne Abroad with sufficient time.

Ready to apply?

You must apply to Swinburne before applying directly to a provider to confirm if you are eligible for academic credit and/or funding assistance.

Find out how

Note: 

  • Academic Internship Council does not accept applications directly from students and has minimal information on their website. Swinburne Abroad can connect you with AIC to provide more information
  • ArtBound Initiative has a minimum of 12-week internships. These can only be taken over the summer break or during the semester
  • InternChina / InternVietnam advertises some position descriptions and you do not pay any fees until you have a confirmed host organisation

Discover where you could go

From Toronto to Tokyo, London to Los Angeles, or Ho Chi Minh to Hong Kong SAR, Swinburne can help you get your dream internship thanks to our global network of internship providers.

Czech Republic 

Prague 

Denmark 

Copenhagen 

Germany 

Berlin 

Italy

Bologna 

Russia 

St. Petersburg 

South Africa 

Cape Town 

Spain 

Barcelona 

Madrid 

Seville 

United Kingdom 

London 

Want to find out more?

Need a little more information about overseas independent internships? Talk to the friendly and knowledgeable team at Swinburne Abroad, and understand everything that’s involved.

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