The Sydney Internship program combines coursework at the BU Sydney Academic Center with professional work experience in or near Sydney.

Program Curriculum

Below is a list of internship areas where students have been placed. While BU Study Abroad guarantees an internship to program participants, specific placements vary from semester to semester and may not always be available. Likewise, internship placements may be available in academic areas not listed.

Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations

Work in marketing, product development, design, and presentation for specific advertising or public relations agencies or the public relations departments of larger organizations. Past internship placements have included Emerson Hughes, Ideaworks, Starlight Foundation, Edelman, The Marketing Department, Leo Burnett Advertising, Showtime, and Smart Inc.

Arts/Arts Administration

Work in book publishing, museums, theaters, galleries, and art events. Past internship placements have included Historic Houses Trust, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Harper Collins Australia, Gallery 4A, Michael Chugg and Sydney Theatre Company.


Work in the finance, accounting, legal, or marketing departments of Australian corporations, or in a government agency. Past internship placements have included American Chamber of Commerce, Chubb Insurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers, MC Capital, Driftwood Capital, and Australian Rugby Union.


Work in writing, research, and broadcasting for radio and television stations or film and production companies. Past internship placements have included Nine, Seven, & Ten Networks, Foxtel, Spectrum Films, Plump Films, SBS: Special Broadcasting Corporation, and ABC: Australia Broadcasting Corporation.

Health/Human Services

Work in hospital rehabilitation, therapy, or education programs, social service departments, or community care centers. Past internships have included St. Vincent’s Hospital, Lucas Gardens School, and the Sydney University Brain and Mind Institute.

Hospitality Administration

Work in the hospitality industry in such fields as hotel or restaurant management. Past internship placements have included Intercontinental Hotel, The Starwood Hotels Group, and Kobe Jones Restaurant.

International Organizations/NGOs

Work in social activist organizations, environmental organizations, human rights organizations, and associated government departments. Past internships have included Green Collar Solutions, Conservation Volunteers Australia, and the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change.


Work in writing, copy editing, research, design, and production for magazines, newspapers, or publishing houses. Past internship placements have included Time Out Sydney magazine, COSMOS magazine, FHM, Empire magazine, and Sound Alliance.


Work with members of both State and Federal Parliament and their staff. Past placements have included NSW Member of Parliament Clover Moore and NSW government ministers. Study the history and practice of the law in Australia and participate in the daily life of a Sydney law firm or commercial legal department. Past placements have included Freehills and various Sydney solicitors.

Week 1–Week 6 (Academic Phase)

During the first part of the program, students take a core course and one elective. Students also meet with the program’s internship advisors in order to be placed according to ability, professional goals, experience, work habits, and availability of local appointments. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

All students in the Internship Program take this course during the first six weeks.

CAS AN 368: Australian Culture & Society (4 credits)

An analysis of Australia from historical, geographical, political, economic, and socio-cultural perspectives, with a major focus on Australia’s global and domestic development as a multicultural nation with European roots, traditional Western alliances, and a growing involvement in the Asia-Pacific region. This course requires each student to complete an extensive ethnographic research project. Connellan. Syllabus

Week 7–Week 14 (Internship Phase)

During the final eight weeks, students enroll in a four-credit internship placement, working in organizations in and around Sydney. Students work full-time, four days per week, while also enrolling in one elective course. Placements are contingent upon the student’s past experiences, professional interest, and available opportunities in any given semester; flexibility is essential.

Students enroll in a four-credit internship placement. Course numbers depend on the field of specialization in which the students complete their internships. Placements are contingent upon the students’ past experiences, professional interests, and relevant academic history, as well as the availability of opportunities in any given semester; flexibility is essential.

  • CAS AH 505 Internship in the Arts/Arts Administration
  • CAS EC 497 Internship in Business/Economics
  • CAS PO 401 Internship in Politics
  • CAS PO 405/IR 455 Internship in International Organizations
  • CAS PS 495 Internship in Health/Human Services
  • COM CM 471 Internship in Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
  • COM FT 493/494 Internship in Film/Television
  • COM JO 411 Internship in Journalism
  • COM JO 413 Internship in Broadcast Journalism
  • SAR HS 410 Field Placement in Human Physiology
  • SHA HF 390 Field Placement in Hospitality Administration
Internship Components
  • The internship itself (evaluated by the workplace supervisor)
  • Academic strand of the internship including two written assignments and participation in internship courses
  • Advisor’s evaluation

Students choose one of the following during each phase of the semester. The schedule and course offerings vary each semester. Students will receive further information on the elective courses prior to their departure.

CAS AH 374: Australian Art & Architecture (4)

The development of Australian art and architecture from the beginnings of European settlement to the present. Evolving forms of Aboriginal art as well as the culturally diverse sources for non-indigenous Australian art during the past two centuries. Local adoption and adaptation of imported styles and materials, and emergent notions of national and personal identity. A field trip to Canberra highlights the art and institutions of the nation’s capital. Barnes. Syllabus

CAS EC 464: The Pacific Rim: Economic and Political Orders (4)

The region viewed from a ‘political economy’ perspective by critically examining the interaction of economic, political, military, and ideological forces. Transformation of the Pacific Basin over the post-World War II period, examining the endeavors to construct a Western regional order based on introducing and stimulating capitalist development, the subsequent integration of the region, and the various tensions and contradictions to the maintenance of order. Mack. Syllabus

CAS EN 383: Australian Literature (4)

A critical introduction to the literature of Australia, surveying an indicative selection of texts written in English during the 20th century. Critical examination of that literature in terms of three major areas: Australia’s history, views of Australia as a physical phenomenon, and perspectives on Australia’s people. Clarke. Syllabus

CAS GE 330: Sustainable Sydney – Sustainable Australia (4)

(Spring only. Course also offered on the summer Sydney Internship Program.) Provides a thorough introduction to the challenges facing urban sustainability projects, using Sydney as the urban model. Topics studied include resource consumption, food production and management, power and energy, and models for future development. Includes guest speakers and field trips. Syllabus

CAS IP 401: Sports Management in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region (4)

This course explores the cultural, economic, diplomatic and legal developments in sport in the region as a background to building management skills. While the course has a focus on understanding these elements with a view to informing sport management, it will also interest those who want to understand the interplay of the myriad nations of the region through cultural, diplomatic, legal, political and other areas using the sport industry as a lens. Of particular interest to those involved in internships in the sport industry, the course will have a strong sport management and sport marketing component, while those from other disciplines will gain a broader understanding of the region, which is of vital geopolitical importance to Australia and the USA. Hughes. Syllabus

CAS PO 260: The Australian Political System (4)

(Formerly CAS PO 350.) An introduction to the study of Australian politics and government focusing on basic institutions such as Federation, the Constitution, pressure groups, political parties, Parliament, and Cabinet; and the major political institutions and processes in Australia; approaches used in the study of politics; and experience and expertise in oral and written analysis. Suter. Syllabus

CAS SO 308: Australian Social Policy (4)

Addresses the contributions that have been made by social psychological theory and research to some of the most crucial issues confronting contemporary Australian society. The course includes sections on individual behavior, attitude formation, persuasion, and interpersonal relationships. Students focus on such issues as group and gender, health care, social violence, and prejudice, and also examine the nature of inter-group processes. Sheil. Syllabus

COM CM 406: Brand Advertising and Promotion (4)

This course adopts a strategic planning approach to the development and implementation of “holistic” brand advertising & promotional campaigns. Although we deliberately draw upon a rich vein of Australian brand campaign examples, the various planning methodologies and approaches used are universally applicable. Students get the opportunity to not only put contemporary theory into practice but also to exercise their “creative thinking” muscles at both the intuitive and formal planning stages. Additionally, we consider how new technologies, media, and platforms are creating more advertising opportunities (and further challenges) for advertisers/marketers and their agencies. The teaching method for this course will involve lecture/tutorial sessions wherein key marcoms’ campaign planning concepts, themes, and tools are introduced, then discussed, elaborated upon, and further exampled (via DVD, web/online, guest lectures) in the sessions. Mini-quizzes on the assigned readings will be regularly used within each session to stimulate student discussion and interaction and to enhance the learning experience. Principal lecturer: Peter McDonald. Guest lecturers will also be featured. McDonald. Syllabus

COM CO 350: Mass Media in Australia (4)

Contemporary issues associated with Australian mass media and film. Key areas of film, television, print, advertising, and radio, plus media ownership and government legislation in Australia. The emphasis of the course will be on current Australian media and film production. Mildenhall. Syllabus

COM FT 345: Australian Cinema (4)

The relationship between Australian social history and cinema. Begins with a consideration of the first movement of Australian film production during the late 1910s and 1920s, and then focuses on the restructuring of the film industry with the so-called “new wave” of the 1970s and 1980s. Thematic issues covered include city and bush (geographic, economic, and cultural divisions); social identity, individualism, isolation, and male comradeship; masculinity, heroism, and the landscape; femininity, familial relationships, and matriarchal domesticity; and collision of cultures and national providence and heritage. Finegan. Syllabus

COM FT 352: Film Production Using Video (4)

(Spring only.) Covers the practical application of film production, including script writing, production management, production, and post-production techniques. It develops the students’ expertise in post production, covering the theory and practice of digital production and non-linear post production. Students write, direct, shoot, and edit short projects using digital video. Course includes critiques of all the students’ work, with the emphasis on developing ideas and creating them visually through a variety of genres. Davies. Syllabus

SHA HF 328 The Australian Wine Industry (4)

This course provides an overview of the Australian wine industry in a cultural context and leads to advanced wine knowledge. The main aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the Australian wine industry, wine regions, grape varieties, and production methods in Australia and food and wine combinations and event planning. In addition, the course provides an overview of Australian legislation, classification systems, and quality control. This builds a consolidated understanding of the wine making process, its variations and pitfalls. Focus will be placed on developing an appreciation of great Australian wine and the ability to recognize a flawed one. The course provides principles and techniques for wine tasting and sensorial assessment, in order to be able to perform the purchasing function knowledgeably and confidently. Additionally the course will provide an understanding of the structures, job roles, and functions available in the Australian wine and related fields and industries. Syllabus

Questrom MK 463: Services Marketing and Management (4)

(Fall only.)Covers topics relating to customer service management and focuses on the role of marketing in managing services. Also covered are human resource, information management, operational, and financial overlaps with marketing throughout the course. Syllabus

Questrom MK 467: International Marketing Management (4)

(Fall only. Course also offered on the summer Sydney Internship Program. Prerequisite: Questrom MK 323 Marketing Management.) Develops a critical appreciation of both the opportunities and challenges associated with the increasing globalization of markets. Students learn about the key environmental forces shaping the needs and preferences of the global consumer and the impact of foreign, political, and economic factors on the marketing mix. Syllabus

CAS IP101: The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)

All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living, studying and interning in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.

Program Details

  • All students must complete the full 16-credit program, enrolling in three academic courses and one internship course
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Program Dates
  • Fall Semester: mid August to early December
    • Spring Semester: mid January to early May
    • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn sixteen Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of sixteen credits.
    • The BU Sydney Academic Center is located in Broadway close to both the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney. In addition to classroom and office space, the Center houses a computer lab equipped with wireless Internet service and a program library. Student accommodations are located in the BU Sydney Academic Center, and offers easy access to public transportation, Darling Harbour, Chinatown, and the city business district.
    Application Deadlines
    • Fall Semester: March 15
    • Spring Semester: October 1

      Please note: Non-U.S. citizens must contact BU Study Abroad prior to submitting an application and are encouraged to apply before October 1. Obtaining visas may not be possible for applications received after this date, especially for those from non-commonwealth countries.

      Download a description of the Sydney Internship Program or visit the BU Sydney website.

      Program Staff

      All Boston University Sydney programs are administered in coordination with our Boston and Sydney offices. In Boston, a program manager manages the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Sydney. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In Sydney, the staff comprises a resident director and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.