Internships in Sydney, Australia


With a world-famous cityscape unfolding around its iconic Opera House and Harbor Bridge, Sydney is an unforgettable gateway to the Australian continent. Being an intern abroad in Sydney gives you the chance to enjoy miles of gorgeous white sand beaches, get up close to Australian wildlife at the Taronga Zoo, experience the city’s multicultural population through delicious food, and explore the country’s great outdoors in beautiful coastal weather. When you complete an internship in Sydney, you’ll have an easy time acclimating to an English-speaking culture while running into people from all kinds of ethnic and national backgrounds. Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities and serving as home base for several foreign banks and multinational corporations, Sydney offers the perfect combination of fun and pre-professional opportunity. Choose an internship abroad in Sydney and you’re sure to find your ideal placement no matter what career field you select.  

About the Country


Become an intern abroad in Australia and begin to chart your own course to professional success.  A wealthy country with a high quality of life, Australia ranked second in the UN’s 2016 Human Development Index. With the eighth-largest immigrant population in the world, the nation offers a truly international community for you to join, full of racial and ethnic diversity. The “island continent” is full of wonderful cities and towns, each with its own distinct personality and appeal. For a big city with European vibes, look no further than Melbourne, where the country’s biggest sports fanatics live alongside some of Australia’s most important cultural institutions. Sydney, Australia’s most populous city, attracts over two million tourists a year with its gorgeous cityscape and endless number of things to do. Brisbane, with its year-round warm weather, the biggest Australian modern art gallery, and a smattering of cultural venues housed in converted buildings, is a vibrant city sharing the country’s eastern coast with Sydney. Perth, Australia’s capital and one of the most isolated major cities in the world, offers urban life at an easygoing pace on the western coast. Want a break from the hustle and bustle? Escape to Australia’s small towns. Central Tilba, a period village nestled at the base of Mt. Dromedary, offers several shops, restaurants, and cafes in colorful old buildings. Esperance is a surreal coastal fixture in southwestern Australia with a bright pink lake not far from the ocean, some of the whitest sand beaches in the country, and the world’s only full-size replica of Stonehenge. Go fishing in the coastal town of Yamba, where you can see dolphins jumping in the sea and give surfing a try at Angourie. Once a gold rush mining town in the 19th century, Kalgoorlie still offers an Old West feel, with historic buildings and mine tours set against a desert backdrop. Australia has the perfect spot for you, whatever your style and speed.   

Ahmad Refky, Senior Director of International Operations

Ahmad is originally from Cairo, Egypt, where he lived for 22 years. His first foray into study abroad came when he lived in the U.S. as an exchange student during his senior year of high school. That experience inspired him to work in international education, where he has built his career over the past decade. After graduating with a BA in International Relations from the American University in Cairo, Ahmad immigrated to the U.S. in 2001, where he pursued his graduate studies at DePaul University and studied abroad in The Netherlands as part of the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society. More


Sunny Sydney


Local Highlights

Royal Botanic Gardens

Located along the coast of Sydney Harbor and near the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens offer spectacular greenery and beautiful scenery. The gardens host exotic and tropical plants as well as rare horticultural exhibits to explore and admire. 

Sydney Fish Market

The Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. It features six seafood retailers, a bottle shop, greengrocer, bakery, butcher, sushi bar, a variety of seafood restaurants, a gift shop, and deli.

The Rocks Market

The Rocks Markets offer gourmet street food and shopping alongside the harbor. Every Friday, students can enjoy local food, music, and shopping from local artisans that represent a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is Australia's most famous beach. Located only minutes from downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful coastline. 

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is Australia's oldest park and is located in Sydney's bustling city center. It is divided into northern and southern sections by Park Street and boasts famous statues, gardens, and fountains. Hyde Park hosts a number of Sydney's biggest events including the Sydney Festival and Australia Day.

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The most rewarding and exciting experiences of my life  
Australia with CEA was one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences of my life. It was a completely different experience, traveling to a new country without my family or friends and having to balance education with exploring the country and making friends. It was difficult at times, but a majority of my time in Australia was simply amazing. I would encourage everyone to take advantage of their college years to go on a study abroad experience.

Sarah Bohan
University of Southern Indiana,
Fall 2011, Sydney, Australia
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