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A Day in the Life Studying and Interning Abroad in Sydney

June 06, 2024
by Marie Volkmuth
A body of water with a sidewalk on the left and a bridge and city buildings in the background

Spend a Day with Me Studying and Interning Abroad in Sydney, Australia 

In Spring 2024, I studied and interned abroad in Sydney, Australia. Tuesdays were my busiest days of the week, so spend it with me! 

The classes I took abroad are: 

  • Global Internships Course 

  • Sports in Australian Society 

  • Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Sydney 

I also completed an internship abroad, which was 20 hours a week and correlates with the Global Internship Course. My schedule was packed most of the week between my classes and internship. So, I started my mornings early; usually by 7 a.m., I was up and moving. One thing that shocked me when I first arrived in Sydney was the morning life. It’s extremely common for people to wake up between 5 and 6 a.m. and start their mornings with a workout. I started this morning with a run around Darling Harbour, then returned and made breakfast!  

A body of water with a sidewalk on the left and a bridge and city buildings in the background

A picture on my run around Darling Harbour, near where I live! 

After that, I got ready for the day. That day was a gloomy, cloudy day. Typically, it's sunny in Sydney, but some days were overcast and rainy, so I decided to stay home on this day. I got as much work done for the day as possible. 

By 9 a.m., I was sitting under a blanket and working on my internship. In most internships, you’re required to go into the office, but I had a unique internship where mine is 95% remote work and then meetings once every other week with the company's president. I started working on my project for Hills Pumas FC, where I interned, and worked for about two hours. My internship differed from all the other interns I’ve talked to; I worked at a small soccer complex with seven others. My supervisor created a health and well-being position for me and I worked on a large project on Canva. Most of my time is spent reading medical papers, learning how to help soccer players recover more quickly and eat proper nutrition, and other topics. With this, I had creative freedom; the goal was to have about two one-hour presentations to share with an extensive range of people, including the benefactors, parents, coaches, and athletes.   

At 11 a.m., I got hungry and grabbed a quick snack. If you come to Sydney, my favorite place to get fresh produce is Paddy's Market, so I ate a peach from the market and started back to work! I wrote a research plan for my Global Internship class and then answered a few emails, jumping back and forth between work and school!  

I finished my second water for the day at noon and needed to refill my water bottle. I don't know about you, but I’m a water snob, so when I found out they had filtered water and an ice machine on the first floor of my building, I knew that's all I’d be drinking. I went down 18 floors, refilled my water bottle, returned upstairs, and then reheated the leftovers from the night before. I ate my chicken and rice and then took a little break.  

A bowl of chicken and rice held in front of a rainy windowpane

LUNCH! I make two big meals a week and reheat the food when I become hungry.  

At 12:30, I started to prep for my class, Analyzing and Exploring the Global City, which was in an hour. I finished reading, got ready for class, and stopped at Edition Roasters for a matcha latte before heading to class. This is one of those classes that I enjoyed having something to sip on. Lorna, the professor, treated the course like a history lecture, and having something fun to drink made the class a lot more fun! I had that class from 1:30-3:30 p.m., but it got let out late, so I got out at 3:45 p.m.  

Because it was Tuesday, I had to have tacos and met up with some friends at 4 p.m. for Taco Tuesday at El Camino Cantina on the Rocks for dinner. If you need a good deal, their Tuesday night deals are some of the best. I got a yummy passionfruit margarita and decided to opt in for one of their other deals, where you can get a basket of wings for AUD 20, which is currently USD 13.05. After being stuffed, I left, walked, and took the tram back to the CEA CAPA Study Center through the rain.  

At 5:30 p.m., my Sports in Australian Society class started, which was hands down my favorite class! When I found out the times, I was discouraged because I wanted my evenings free, but after attending the first few classes, it quickly became my favorite lecture. I was there until 8 p.m., and then I walked the five minutes back home and saw an incredible sunset as the rain cleared up! 

A view from a window of buildings underneath an orange sun setting in the sky

This is what the sunset looks like from the 18th floor of Darling Scape. 

At 8:10 p.m., I was exhausted and decided to shower, put my pajamas on, and open my computer back up to work on my internship again. I answered several emails and did some quick work until 9 p.m.  

At 9 p.m., I opened my Bible, did some personal prayer through scripture for about half an hour, and slept by 10 p.m.  

A Bible laid open to two pages with a notebook page in the corner and a pen in the middle of the book

My Bible and pen. 

Thanks for coming along with me today! This was my most ordinary day of the week when I had just work to do. I usually had more freedom on Fridays and Thursdays because my work was done, but today, I just hunkered down and got as much school out of the way as possible!  

Marie Volkmuth is the Content Creator - Blogger in Sydney, Australia, and is currently studying at University of Minnesota Rochester.
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