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Business, Fashion & Personalized Internships in Australia | Sydney, Australia

More photos from this internship can be found here.

IE3 Global collaborates with Internships Down Under (IDU) to provide high-quality, personalized internship opportunities for students in a range of professional disciplines in Australia. Options are available in private enterprise, public organizations, and not-for-profits in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, and Perth. Through personal contact and hands-on student engagement, IDU matches students with an organization where they can learn and make a valuable contribution.

IDU matches students with internships based on industry interest, professional and academic experience, and regional preference. IDU has professional opportunities in a variety of industries including marketing and communication, media, fashion, social work, education, conservation, tourism and hospitality, business, finance, IT, and graphic/web design.

Internship Start Dates:

  • Flexible start dates

Duration of Internship:

  • 10-26 weeks (Applicants available for a minimum of 12 weeks are strongly preferred)

Internships Down Under (IDU) facilitates personalized internships for students throughout Australia in a wide variety of fields. Centrally located in Sydney’s Bondi Junction, IDU delivers professional and efficient service.  While most internship placements are in Sydney, sites are also available in Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, and Perth.

An internship in Australia provides students with the opportunity to gain practical training and experience in their requested field and in an English language environment. Internships Down Under is an active member of the Australian Internship Industry Association (AIIA). Through this professional association, IDU stays updated on changes in the industry and internship best practices, which enables the organization to provide top quality and innovative internships.

Internships Down Under (IDU) conducts a thorough interview process to ensure a successful match between you and your internship placement. IDU maintains a varied portfolio of internships including:

Marketing & Communication – print, radio, TV, online, and social media in a variety of industries (fashion, sports, event, tourism, retail, online, social media, international)

Fashion – design, materials, display, marketing, sales and trends

Community Services – health services/social work, education, and environmental protection/conservation

Tourism/Leisure & Hospitality – inbound/outbound, backpackers, attractions, online, front desk, HR, guest services

Business – administration, finance, accounting, insurance, legal, public relations, human resources, logistics, event management

Media – arts, audio, film, visual, online

Information Technology (IT) & Graphic/Web Design – software development, mobile applications, SEO, graphic design, web design and development

Academic Background

  • All majors may apply. Interns with a background and experience within their chosen industry are preferred. Additional requirements may apply and depend on your desired internship field.


  • Interns are expected to demonstrate responsibility, professional motivation, flexibility, and effective communication skills. Interns should have relevant coursework or professional experience (paid, intern, or volunteer) in the chosen industry when possible.

Language Requirements

  • For all internships, English is the language of communication. Interns must be capable of communication at a near-native level in professional settings.

Other Requirements

  • Interns must be eligible for the Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) or Working Holiday visa (subclass 417). For more information, visit the Australian Department of Immigration website. Please note that the working holiday visas are not available to all nationalities.

Estimated One-Time Expenses

  • IE3Global Program Fee: $3,450
  • Host Site Fees (see details below): $650*
  • Mandatory Liability Insurance: Approximately $1/day*
  • International Travel: $1,500
  • Recommended Immunizations: $400
  • Visa fees: $350* (Working Holiday Visa)

Estimated Monthly Expenses

  • Housing
    • Independent: $1,100 - $1,400
    • IDU Housing: $700 – $900*
  • Food: $550
  • Local Transportation: $150
  • Utilities, Phone, Internet: $175

*Fee amounts are calculated with an exchange rate from Australian dollars at the time of posting.

Host Site Fee Details

The host site fee from IDU includes:

  • Personalized internship placement
  • Welcome package
  • Monthly training journal
  • Regular social meetings (in Sydney) &  e-newsletter
  • Emergency support

IDU can also arrange airport pickups, mobile SIM cards, weekend tours, and language courses at additional cost to interns.

Internships Down Under can arrange furnished student accommodations or homestays (where available) for interns. Interns may choose to use IDU Housing for part or all of the internship. Staying with a host family can be a great way to familiarize oneself with the city while looking for alternate housing for the remainder of the term. Visit the IDU website for pictures of sample furnished housing.

Independent Housing

Interns may arrange their own housing if they do not choose IDU housing.

Final Reports:


“Personally, I became confident in my ability to take on ‘the real world’. Professionally, I became more knowledgeable in a range of Advertising-related skills (website development, producing, writing case studies). I also gained business knowledge through involvement with their on-the-side tea business.”

– Allison, University of Oregon

“Something I value about my time in this internship so far is that each day I feel like I am learning something new. That is important to me because being exposed to new people, business, and information is how I am going to shape my vision of how I want to build my career. The projects I have completed so far have been diverse and real world applicable, which I have enjoyed. So far, I have helped in creating comparisons of competitors’ websites and creating my own recommendations for the redesign of our own website. I have also gathered market data in target neighborhoods and created a summary report for my boss to look over potential properties. Some of my time has been spent reading about project details and preparing summaries. Some has been market and financial analysis.”

– Ryan, University of Oregon

“My apprehension before going was that I wouldn’t be able to contribute much to the company knowing that my major was in accounting. Everyone at my company was really helpful and within the first week I was making contributions. Overall I completed multiple dog informational blogs and able to contribute a lot to the company. I worked across both above the line and below the line marketing initiatives, where I successfully grew the social media followers for the site and added informational blogs to the website. Helping to spread the brand and website was my primary goal and accomplishment. This company was a small, five-person operation, which was a big change from where I worked this summer. However, I worked closely with my co-workers and made great connections. I got great reviews from my boss and it was a good experience to work in such a small company.”

– Emily, University of Oregon

“My coursework prepared me very well for my internship as it taught me all of the necessary accounting knowledge I needed to know. The knowledge of my field that has been most important so far is understanding businesses, the way they run and their financial data. I am most proud of learning about cloud accounting software, integrating with an Australian business culture and getting to know the people I work with. I have learned a lot about a new sector of accounting that I had not before and hope to bring this knowledge home with me. I have integrated with an Australian business culture by observing how they work and some of the differences between US and Australian office settings.”

– Lidia, University of Oregon


Fall | Winter | Spring | Summer

Application Deadline

Summer: January 25
Fall: April 15
Winter: September 1
Spring: November 15

Basic Requirements

- Open to all majors; relevant experience in chosen industry preferred (coursework, volunteer work, and professional work experience)

- Sense of professionalism and strong work ethic