Santa Clara University
Sydney Internship Program
in cooperation with The College of Global Studies

  • Spend spring in one of the most exciting multicultural cities in the world!
  • Earn academic credit while working side-by-side with Australian professionals.
  • Complete practical fieldwork while becoming fully immersed in the professional and cultural life of Australia.
  • Fulfill the SCU Social Justice component which while in Sydney includes a cultural field excursion and lectures based on Australian issues with a particular focus on the experiences and contexts of indigenous peoples in Australia.
  • The program runs during the spring quarter calendar at Santa Clara University (view calendar here).

For More Information
Please contact Susan Popko, Associate Provost, International Programs, at Santa Clara University at, (tel) 408-551-7072,  or The College of Global Studies, (tel) 1-866-927-2234. Program information on the Santa Clara University website can be found here:


There are several integral components to the program.

  • An internship placement that our experienced intern coordinator will find to fit your background and experience as well as your academic and professional objectives. You can expect to participate in the daily tasks and on-going projects at your work placement, and to make a contribution to your workplace in Australia.  This will require an approach and attitude that demonstrates character, resourcefulness, responsibility, and a mature work ethic.
  • Complementary academic courses that put your internship into an academic context and provide a foundation for understanding the Australian context.
  • An academic project based on independent research and your workplace experience. This project is expected to be no fewer than 5,000 words, and will be directed and assessed by your academic supervisor. In the final week of the program, you will present and defend your project in an oral examination.

Placements are unpaid and will be finalized upon completing an interview once you arrive in Sydney. Flexibility and patience are necessary requirements during this process.  You will go on interviews, and it will be up to your placement to decide whether to retain your services.  However, the employers and organizations we work with are eager to provide students with a substantial and meaningful experience. Students have been placed with a range of employers including accounting firms, finance houses, arts and philanthropic organizations, media and broadcasting companies, healthcare establishments, government offices, and large corporate enterprises. The employers and organizations we work with are eager to provide students with a substantial and meaningful experience.

Orientation and Cultural Activities

The program begins with a comprehensive orientation, and cultural activities are scheduled throughout the program. Students are eligible to earn a CoCurricular Learning Certificate which can greatly enhance your learning and interaction with your Australian context.  For more information, please visit this page.


Information regarding fees is available on the SCU website.

Passport and Visa

If you do not have a passport, you must begin applying for one immediately.  Your passport must be valid for six months from the end of your program, otherwise you will need to renew your passport.

Students will be required to obtain a Tourist Visa, specifically the ETA (Visitor) Visa.  We will alert you when you need to begin the process of applying for the visa.  You can learn more about the visa process here for Sydney Internship students.  Your visa process will be similar to those outlined for the summer students, but it is important that you do not start applying for your visa until we prompt you.

International students may need to apply for a visa as well. You should work with your program manager if this applies to you


You will earn the following hours of credit:

  • Spring Quarter: 16-17 credits 

Credits earned on this program will be considered credits at Santa Clara University. In accordance with Santa Clara University guidelines, students are prohibited from withdrawing from a class. SCU's student agreement stipulates that they are bound to both the program provider and Santa Clara's rules and codes.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation, and an advisor's form before your application will be considered. See this page for additional application requirements.

Application Deadline

• Spring Quarter: December 2. Early application is encouraged to allow sufficient time for placement.