Why a virtual internship or study tour?

With travel still feeling so out of reach at the moment, it can be hard to find the motivation to plan your next overseas adventure. But the Global Engagement team is excited to announce our bespoke range of virtual overseas programs, designed to give you that international experience from the safety and comfort of home!

We have two types of programs on offer: virtual internships and virtual study tours.

  • Global Virtual Internships

    Global Virtual Internships

    21 June – 30 July 2021
    Europe and North America

    Gain hands-on experience working for a company based in one of the world's leading cities such as Berlin, Barcelona, Boston, LA, New York, Paris, Rome, Toronto and more. You can choose your top three preferences of location from a range of cities across North America and Europe.

    With internships available in a huge range of disciplines, you'll be working on projects suited to your study area, and have access to coaching and support, and a network of other interns. 

    Multi-discipline and most study areas available, excluding Nursing, Education and Aviation.

    Cost: US$1,450 (approx A$2,000)
    Funding available: N/A
    Host: The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

  • Engineering Internships

    Engineering Internships

    21 June – 30 July 2021

    Use your engineering skills and develop your workplace experience with this internship in China.

    The hands-on experience will speak volumes for your CV, but with extras including workshops on employability skills, an assigned in-country cultural mentor, plus a gamified system for community interaction, this virtual internship will feel just like the real thing!

    Cost: A$2,400
    Funding available: A$2,400 grants available
    Host: Pagoda Projects (Intern China)

  • Business, Media & Design Internships

    Business, Media & Design Internships

     21 June – 30 July 2021
     South Korea

    Expand your skills working for an international company and gain job-ready experience before you graduate.

    This program is a unique opportunity for students studying Business, Media & Communications or Design to intern with a Korean based organisation. Network with other interns around the world and immerse yourself in to the Korean culture.

    Cost: A$1,300
    Funding available: A$1,300 grants available
    Host: Asia Internship Program

  • Business & Law Internships

    Business & Law Internships

    21 June – 30 July 2021

    Grow your CV with this virtual opportunity in Malaysia – you'll gain practical workplace experience in an outcome-driven role.

    A combination of working collaboratively with your team as well as independent project work will give you take-away remote learning skills. Plus extras like weekly language and culture classes and discussions will help the experience feel like a truly global one!

    Cost: A$1,750
    Funding available: A$1,750 grants available
    Host: The Global Student

  • IT & Computer Science Internships

    IT & Computer Science Internships

    24 June – 23 July 2021

    Gain professional experience and  participate in career navigation training workshops.

    This program will give you tangible skills to get you job-ready. And with extras like culture exchange and expert coaching from colleagues, you'll feel like a global employee from day one.

    Cost: A$1,100
    Funding available: A$1,100 grants available
    Host: FPT University

Still not sure?


Working alongside our experienced third-party internship providers, you'll have everything organised including your internship position, virtual orientation and full support during your program, plus a network of other interns to share the experience with!

Academic credit

Overseas internships (including our virtual programs) can be taken for academic credit towards your Swinburne degree. To learn more about this, visit our website or watch the Virtual Overseas Internships video where our team will help explain the process.

Be flexible

It's important to keep an open mind with these programs. Most study areas or majors are available, but unfortunately not all, or your discipline may be better suited for a certain destination. But that's the nature of remote work-learning to be flexible! Our team will help give you program advice best suited for your course.

Virtual overseas internships

Virtual overseas internships

Get an international experience from home in the Winter 2021 break while international travel is not yet possible.

  • Virtually Germany

    Virtually Germany

    26 April – 11 June 2021

    Spend approximately two hours each evening during the first three weeks of the program engaged in a range of seminars, discussions and lectures where you will gain access to experts and industry leaders from Germany.

    Topics include innovation, management, start-up journeys, industry 4.0, manufacturing, robotics and 3D technology. Plus we will throw in some fun activities to give you a taste of German culture.

    Your final three weeks will be spent working in small groups on your consulting project, which will conclude with a presentation to your company representative. 

    Cost: A$2,472
    Funding available: A$2,472 grants available

  • Built Environment

    Built Environment

    29 June – 13 July 2021
    Jakarta - Indonesia

    You will work in small cross-cultural teams with students from Australian and Indonesian universities on real-world projects assigned to you by the Jakarta Property Institute.

    During a range of industry-hosted seminars and workshops, you will gain access to experts from constructions and development industries, sustainable and renewable building experts, as well as Australian, Victorian and Indonesian government organisations.

    Cost: A$2,000
    Funding available: A$2,000 grants available

  • Indonesia Law, Governance and Culture

    Indonesia Law, Governance and Culture

    5 July – 16 July 2021
    Jakarta and Yogyakarta - Indonesia

    In our fast-paced globalising world, it is necessary for students to understand legal systems other than their own. This study tour will introduce Swinburne Law School students to the legal and political environment of Australia’s nearest northern neighbour, Indonesia; the tour will also serve as an entrée to the broader Asian region.

    We will be blending on-campus, pre-recorded material and live video conferencing. We will also be including students from previous tours (and exchange programs) and leading scholars and policy-makers.

    The aim will be to make our students feel like they are having an immersive experience of Indonesia while being in Melbourne.

    Cost: A$1,650
    Funding available: A$1,650 grants available

Grants and funding available

Yep, you read that right. There is plenty of Australian Government New Colombo Plan funding available for most of these programs, which is a great way to test out a virtual experience with most (if not all) of the costs fully covered! There is eligibility criteria and conditions related to this funding, so if you want to check your basic eligibility, keep reading below:

  • Must be an Australian citizen
  • Not a citizen of, or have residency rights to, the destination where the virtual experience is occurring
  • Studying an undergraduate course
  • Students who have previously received a New Colombo Plan grant for a semester of short-term program are eligible to also receive a grant for a virtual program
  • Be between 18–28 years of age at the commencement of the program (there is a 30 per cent buffer allowed for students outside of this age range)

For more details on funding eligibility, please contact the Global Engagement team directly.

Note: Unfortunately OS HELP Loans are not available for virtual internships or virtual study tours.

Have questions?

Our friendly team are here to help answer any questions and find the right program for you.

Contact us