Australia: Sydney Summer Semester

Program Overview


Macquarie University's full time internship  program provides a fantastic opportunity for students to gain degree-relevant work experience in Australia during their summer vacation.  The full-time internship program runs for 10 weeks and is suited for independent students looking to take on the challenge of living abroad and working in a new culture. 

      The program is designed to help students:

  •        Develop work based skills
  •        Contribute to local industry
  •        Establish networks and contacts
  •        Learn about Australian work culture
  •        Improve cross-cultural communication skills


Academic Profile

Macquarie University in Sydney

Macquarie University began in Sydney in 1967. Today, the University is a multifaceted institution situated in the heart of one of Australia’s leading high technology parks. The 125-hectare campus is located 12 miles northwest of Sydney’s central business district and enjoys a magnificent natural brush land setting. A modern shopping complex is located adjacent to the campus and there is regular bus service into downtown Sydney. The Macquarie University Library has a collection of over one million books and periodicals and provides seating for 1,850 readers. The library offers free and open access to the books and periodicals collections as well as lending privileges and reference services to all students.

Course Offerings


Internship fields include:

  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Media and Journalism
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Human resources
  • Psychology

Academic Highlights

Macquarie is an innovative and entrepreneurial Australian University, distinguished by excellence in teaching and learning, and community and global outreach. The University is committed to scholarly, flexible, technology-enhanced and interdisciplinary study, as well as vigorous engagement with industry, commerce and the international community.

On completion of the internship, students will receive an official Macquarie University letter and a reference from their workplace supervisor.  It is important to note that the program is a work-based learning opportunity and participants will not receive an academic transcript.


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Week one is orientation week, allowing students the chance to settle into Sydney, visit  their host organization, attend an internship orientation session, a campus tour and a Sydney city tour.

Weeks two-ten are spent working four days per week (approximately 30 hours per week) in a local organization, experiencing cultural activities and attending workshops on campus.

Students will be supported by a Macquarie University Internship advisor, who will assist and guide students thoughout their internship experience.  Students will also have access to on-campus counseling services and computer facilities.

An internship pre-departure guide and handbook will be provided prior to arrival in Sydney.  During the first week in Syndey, students will attend an orientation which covers program information and helpful hints about living in Sydney and the Australian work culture. 

Students are strongly encouraged to organize weekend travel plans and trips away.


Students will be housed in student accommodations, sharing with other students.  This accommodation will be situated on or near the Macquarie University campus in North Ryde, Sydney.

Alumni Feedback

"I interned at an insolvency firm in downtown Sydney.  I attended many meetings and learnt so much about the business world in Australia.  My fellow interns and I lived in two apartments in the Macquarie village and formed a family that did almost everything together.  We were fortunate to be able to plan trips and travel outside of Syndey.  The ten weeks I spent in Sydney were the best ten weeks of my life!"  Nicole Cree, USA: Accounting Placement

"My adventurous spirit wouldn't be satisfied with just another internship: this internship had to be special.  Working in Sydney was an incredible experience.  When I first arrived, I was told."Australians play hard, but they work even harder too."  I couldn't agree more with this statement.  I already miss the Australian culture.  My plan is to look for a job after I graduate in December - in Australia."  Daniel Kerbel, USA: Risk Management Placement


Sydney Semester Program Details



Application Deadline(s)


Eligibility Requirements

Students must have obtained a GPA of 3.0 or higher





Costs Included

Internship placement fee/program fees/ 10 week's accommodation/work-based insurance cover/airport pick- up/Orientation city tour of Sydney/two Sydney-based cultural workshops/one professional development workshop/one Australian culture workshop/farwell lunch/ CCIS insurance

Truman requires a $300 deposit, deducted from total amount due upon acceptance to the program.

Costs Not Included

 Airfare, meals, Australian visa, Personal Expenses/ personal transportation, transportation travel insurance

Entry Requirements

3.0 or higher GPA

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links


Your Adventure in Australia Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Program Sponsor:

Alci Arias, Assistant Director

Truman State University
Center for International Education/Study Abroad
Baldwin Hall 118
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4076
(660) 785-7473 (Fax)

IMPORTANT: Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms below. To download, right click on the application or recommendation form and click "save as", then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, SAVE IT FIRST!!!! DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to the contact email address associated with the program in which you are applying. If for some reason you do not see the email address pop up when you click "submit", then email the application to the program sponsor listed here on this page.

CCIS Online Application & Instructions

CCIS Online Student Recommendation

(Students: DO NOT send the student recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL. The student recommendation form can be found under the "Apply Now" tab.) 

How do I apply? This program will not be offered for 2013

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading and printing the following forms. These PDF documents are viewed using Adobe's Acrobat Reader plug-in, which is available free. If you don't have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, click here.

 DEADLINE IS: Program is not offered for 2013

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.