The Sydney Summer Internship Program offers eight weeks of coursework and participation in a professional internship in or near Sydney. Courses explore Australia’s political systems, contemporary culture, cinema, and place in the modern world. Students will gain a critical understanding of the major political institutions and processes of Australia and will examine the relationship between Australian social history and cinema.

Program Curriculum

Students enroll in one liberal arts course and an internship course. Students participate in Sydney’s local work life in a range of Australian and multinational businesses and organizations. Students will be in attendance at their internships four days a week and will undertake coursework to support the academic objectives of the internship program.

Students enroll in one of the following courses. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

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

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 GE 330: Sustainable Sydney – Sustainable Australia (4)

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 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

Questrom MK 467: International Marketing Management (4)

(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

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 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 and Human Services
  • COM CM 471 Internship in Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
  • 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 placement site supervisor)
  • Academic work based on the internship experience, which includes the submission of two research papers
  • Internship advisor’s evaluation

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 Singleton Ogilvy and Mather, MJW, Ideaworks, Emerson Hughes, NFO Australia, Movie Network, Starlight Foundation, Twentieth Century Fox Distributions, Total Sports and Entertainment, and Michael Chugg Entertainment.

Arts/Arts Administration

Work in book publishing, museums, theaters, galleries, and art events. Past internship placements have included Harper Collins, Historic Houses Trust, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney Theatre Company, and Australian Theatre for Young People.


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, US State Department, Citigroup, PriceWaterhouse-Coopers, Chubb Insurance, MC Capital, Driftwood Capital, and the Australian Rugby Union.

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, Rivendell Adolescent Hospital, Wesley Mission, and Rehab and Spinal Solutions.

Hospitality Administration

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

International Organizations/NGO’s

Work in social activist organizations, environmental organizations, human rights organizations and associated government departments. Past internships have included Green Collar Solutions, NSW Department of Environment/Climate, UNICEF, Clean Up the World Campaign, Oxfam Australia, NSW Environmental Protection Authority, NSW Department of Anti-Discrimination, Greenpeace, and Conservation Volunteers Australia.


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


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

The above are examples of past internship placements only. While BU Study Abroad guarantees an internship to program participants, specific placements may not always be available. Likewise, internships may be available in academic areas not listed.

Program Details

Program Dates
  • Summer Term: Late May to late July
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn eight Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits.
  • The BU Sydney Academic Center is located in Chippendale, 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
  • Summer Term: March 1 

Download a description of the Sydney Internship Program (Summer) 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 oversees the admissions and orientation 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.