Overseas internships

Swinburne offers overseas internships to students wanting to gain industry experience in international organisations. 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.

Benefits of an overseas internship

  • Live and work in another country and culture
  • Develop independence
  • Build international career networks
  • Add global work experience to your resume

How it works

Swinburne partners with internship providers who can help you source an overseas internship. They have hundreds of industry partners in the destinations they work in, and can find you an internship tailored to you. These providers not only source internships, they provide a complete package that includes services such as arranging visas, accommodation, in-country orientation, social and cultural activities and business networking events. They have in-country staff to provide 24/7 support, and are experts in all things internships!

Swinburne may run group internship programs, 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.

If you have a specific company you would like to work for overseas, or 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.

Funding opportunities


Some internship programs have scholarships available from the Australian Government New Colombo Plan or Swinburne Abroad. These are listed on each internship program page, and also on our Fee Help and Scholarship page.


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 2019 are:

  • $8,149 for destinations in the Asian region
  • $6,791 for destinations in any other region

For more information on funding see Fee Help and Scholarships.