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  • Locations: Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program: Summer Internships Housing Options: Arranged by Employer
Internship Field of Interest: Accounting, Architecture, Business, Communications, Computer Science & Technology, Economics, Education, Engineering, Fashion, Finance, Fitness, Government, Hospitality & Tourism, Law, Marketing & Advertising, Public Policy, Public Relations, Real Estate, Science, Social Enterprise, Television & Media, Urban Planning Internship Language: English
Class Level: Freshman, Graduate Student, Junior, Sophomore GIP Placement Type: Internship
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Penn Global Internship Program (GIP) in Sydney
Penn GIP in Sydney LogoThe Internship: Students applying to Penn GIP in Sydney will have the opportunity to interview for internships in a variety of fields in Sydney, Australia.

Number of Spots Available: 4

Duration: 8 weeks

Important Dates: Students must arrive in Sydney for orientation on Saturday, May 26, 2018.  Internships will start the week of Monday, May 28, 2018.  The last day of work will be Friday, July 20, 2018, and students must check out of their housing by Saturday, July 21, 2018.

The Location: Sydney ranks second on a list of the 50 best cities in the world in which to live, work and study, above New York and Paris.  It is Australia's leading global city and the gateway to Asia, serving as the destination of choice for business, tourism, and education.  Diverse communities of various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds make themselves home in Sydney, with more than 1.2 million people living, working, studying, shopping, visiting, and sightseeing every day.  Some of Sydney's most iconic attractions include Bondi Beach, the Taronga Zoo, the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Cockatoo Island, and the Blue Mountains.

Internship Details

Students who apply to Penn GIP in Sydney are applying for acceptance into the overall program.  Our on-the-ground partners will facilitate interviews between accepted students and potential employers.

There are many fields and industries in which Penn GIP in Sydney students may find internships:
  • Accounting, economics, and finance (limited spots available)
  • Advertising, marketing, and sales
  • Architecture, construction, real estate, and urban planning (limited spots available)
  • Business and management
  • Charity, conservation, and social enterprise
  • Education
  • Engineering and Information Technology
  • Entertainment, leisure, and tourism
  • Law, government, and policy (limited spots available)
  • Media, communications, public relations, and events
  • Retail, fashion, and beauty
  • Science and research
  • Sport and fitness
Placements are not available in hands-on clinical settings, such as medicine, psychology, exercise science, physiotherapy, etc. due to local restrictions.

Penn GIP in Sydney students will also be required to enroll in an internship class at the University of Sydney.  As part of the class, students are required to attend five workshops that cover topics such as Australian business culture, conflict management, goal setting, and reflection.  Students will also be asked to participate in four online discussions, four reflective journals, and one final report.  While this is a requirement for participation in Penn GIP in Sydney, students should note that credit is not available for this course.


All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

The internships with Penn GIP in Sydney also require applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Adequate English language skills
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • 3.0 GPA or higher

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.


Sydney, AustraliaOur partners in Sydney will pick you up from the airport and bring you to your housing.

Housing is included in the program fee and is arranged by the staff in Sydney.  You will be living at the University of Sydney in an apartment with local students and fellow Penn interns.

Your housing will have staff on-site 24/7 that are qualified in first aid and are trained in emergency management and all aspects of property health and safety.  Apartments will also have electronic swipe card access at all building entrances/exits, elevators, apartment doors, and bedroom doors.

Students can expect a commute of up to 60 minutes via public transportation from their housing to their internship site.

Money Matters

Each student accepted to Penn GIP in Sydney will receive a minimum Global Internship Award of AUD $3,880 (around $3,016 as of October 2017).  This award is intended to cover the full program fee*, which includes the following:
  • Internship placement/matching process for an internship in your preferred field
  • Housing in a University of Sydney apartment
  • Bedding, towels, and internet access in all housing options
  • 24/7 on-the-ground emergency support through University of Sydney Campus Security
  • Social/cultural programming
  • Professional development/programming
Please note: Students are still expected to pay for things not included in the program fee (see estimated budget below).

The estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost Notes
Global Internship Award -$3,016 Minimum award amount given to Penn GIP in Sydney students
*Program Fee $3,016 Includes housing, placement fee, on ground support
Round trip airfare $1,300 Estimated cost PHL - SYD
Accommodation $0 Included in program fee
Meals & Personal Expenses $2,000 Could vary based on lifestyle 
Visa $140 Tourist Visa for US citizen
Local Transport $300 Monthly pass with occasional taxi
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $3,740  


How to Apply

You may apply to Penn GIP in Sydney by clicking on the button above.  Please remember that this is application into the program overall.  You may or may not be asked in January or February to interview with our on-the-ground partners.  You will find out if you are accepted into Penn GIP in Sydney on March 1st.

Our partner staff at the University of Sydney will work to ensure that every accepted student has an internship that is in their area of interest.  These staff members will speak with you one-on-one to review your goals, skills, and internship ideas.  They can review your CV/resume and cover letter, and they will provide helpful strategies for interviewing.  Interviews with employers will be set up by the staff member, and they will ensure that you receive an offer from an internship site.  Accepted students will start interviewing with employers after confirming their acceptance by March 15th.

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Award essay
  • Required advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (see the schedule by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.

    **Please Note:** Due to the high interest in the "Penn GIP in..." programs, students may only apply to one "Penn GIP in..." program.  Students are also encouraged to apply for a second internship with a company in order to have the best chances of being accepted to the GIP.

Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST


Attend a Group Advising Session: Don't forget that participating in group advising with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to a "Penn GIP in..." program.  Find the group advising schedule by clicking here!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visa: Depending on your citizenship, you may need certain visas or permits to participate in this internship.  Past participants have found the following websites helpful in finding out what is needed for their specific situation:

This program is currently not accepting applications.