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

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

    Europe and North America | 8 weeks

    3 January – 25 February 2022

    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. 

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

  • Engineering Internships

    Engineering Internships

    China | 8 weeks

    6 December 2021 – 28 January 2022

    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
    Host: Pagoda Projects (Intern China)

  • Media & Design Internships

    Media & Design Internships

    South Korea | 8 weeks

    3 January – 25 February 2022

    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 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
    Host: Asia Internship Program

  • Business & Law Internships

    Business & Law Internships

    Malaysia | 8 weeks

    4 January – 25 February 2022

    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$1,950
    Funding available: A$1,950
    Host: The Global Student

  • Business, Comms, IT & Computer Science Internships

    Business, Comms, IT & Computer Science Internships

    Vietnam | 5 weeks

    13–17 December 2021 (orientation)
    3–28 January 2022 (internship)

    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
    Host: FPT University

  • Global Virtual Innovation Internships

    Global Virtual Innovation Internships

    Business, Entrepreneurship, IT, Communications & Marketing

    China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Singapore | 8 weeks

    3 January – 25 February 2022

    Ever wanted to start your own company? This program, hosted by award-winning third-party providers, will give you the exciting opportunity to explore the world of innovation and entrepreneurship.

    You can start your global journey with an eight-week internship working for a company located in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan or Singapore.

    This will not only give you real hands-on experience within your industry, but you will also learn future-ready skills, gain an innovation and entrepreneurship mindset, as well as build your global network with mentors and professionals.

    Cost: US$1,950 (approximately A$2,600)
    Funding available: A$2,600
    Host: CIEE + HeX

  • Creative Design Internships

    Creative Design Internships

    Europe, North America, Singapore and Hong Kong | 8 weeks

    3 January – 25 February 2022

    Connect with players within the creative design industry by interning at a company located in a major creative city. With the option to work abroad in Europe, North America, Singapore or Hong Kong, this program gives you the chance to gain real-life world experience and valuable skillsets that align with your career goals.

    With access to career development resources, an international network, webinars with industry professionals, mentors, and curated online events, you will not only apply theory to practice, but also start your journey into the creative scene.

    Cost: US$1,950 (approximately A$2,600) 
    Funding available: N/A
    Host: ArtBound Initiative

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.

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.

  • Virtually Germany

    Virtually Germany

    Please note that this study tour is currently not running.


    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 generally 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

Get in the know

  • Work for a company overseas in the UK, US, Asia or Europe
  • Show employers you are ambitious, resourceful, versatile, and not afraid to take risks
  • Develop valuable, sought-after skills
  • Experience language and cultural immersion 
  • Develop a professional and global network
  • Earn academic credit towards your degree
  • Boost your CV and gain hands-on work experience within your industry

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

  • Completed at least 100CP (8 units)
  • Have an average weighted mark of at least 60 percent, or if your average is 50–60 percent, satisfy additional assessment criteria
  • Have available space in your course for the applicable academic unit (domestic students may be able overload their degree)
  • Completed at least 25CP at the time of application 
  • Have an average weighted mark of at least 60 percent (or satisfy additional eligibility criteria if mark is between 50-60 percent)
  • Have available space in your course for the applicable academic unit (domestic students may be able overload their degree).

Have a look at our programs and attend one of the information sessions we hold to get all the relevant information. 

Please note that we only hold information sessions during the application period for each intake (Winter or Summer)

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 utilise will depend on your course, and the duration of your internship program. Check out the options on the Academic credit from overseas internships page.

Apply online

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

Receive an offer

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.

Yes! 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!

To meet the eligibility criteria and conditions related to this funding, you 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
  • between the age of 18–28 years at the time of commencement of the program (there is a 30 percent buffer allowed for students outside of this age range)

Students who have previously received a New Colombo Plan grant for an in-person semester or short-term program are also eligible to receive up to two grants for a virtual program.

For more details on funding eligibility, please contact Swinburne Abroad.

Unfortunately, OS HELP Loans are not available for virtual internships.

Interested? Attend an information session.

To learn more about the virtual overseas internships on offer and how they work, please register and come along to one of our information sessions.

You'll have the opportunity to speak with a Swinburne Abroad advisor and hear all about the experiences of previous students who completed a virtual overseas internship over the summer.

Register now

Ready to apply?

If you’re ready to boost your CV and gain valuable global work experience, start your application now!

Apply now