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Internships in Sydney
Students will participate in an international internship that allows them to experience the benefits of studying abroad while also gaining real-world professional work experience.
Sydney, Australia
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Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Applied Behavioral Science
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Human Sexuality
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Most Disciplines
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Health Policy & Management
Peace & Conflict Studies
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Supply Chain Management
Visual Art
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Museum Studies
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Indigenous Studies
Film & Media Studies
Sport Management
Exercise Science
Community Health
Program Type: 
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
  • Gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in your field
  • Experience Australian culture first-hand by living and working in Sydney for 8 weeks
  • Earn 3 KU internship credits
  • Explore Sydney and/or travel during weekends
  • Three-day orientation provides an introduction to the city, an opening seminar, as well as excursions to local landmarks and confirmation interviews
Program Summary: 

Only a small percentage of students study abroad – and even fewer intern abroad - so participation in an internship overseas can give you the professional advantage you need to succeed by giving you in demand global skills. The University of Kansas (KU) has partnered with CAPA, an internship and study abroad program provider, to offer high-quality placements in Sydney, Australia. The internships, for which you earn academic credit from KU, are unpaid. They are available in a wide-range of fields including the arts, business, communication, economics, journalism, politics, healthcare, social policy, and hospitality. Other fields are available on a more limited basis so if your field is not listed, please inquire with the Study Abroad & Global Engagement.

CAPA strives to place students in internships that directly relate to their course of study, thus ensuring the quality and academic relevance. Placements are based on student skills, interests, and professional goals as well as the project needs and work cycles of internship sponsors. The companies and organizations selected as internship sites are carefully monitored by site visits and student assessment.

Learn more about the placement process in the CAPA Global Internship Program Application Guide


This 7.5 week program begins with a three-day orientation to the city of Sydney including a walking tour of the local neighborhood, welcome reception, and orientation seminars as well as a full-day excursion to the Blue Mountains . Students will work 28-32 hours per week (individual work schedules will vary by company) and will have weekends free to explore Sydney or travel on their own.

The program also includes CAPA’s My-Education Program, a rich and varied calendar of free or low-cost optional activities, events, lectures, walking tours, and film showings intended to help students make the most of their time in Sydney.

Set on Port Jackson, Sydney is Australia’s largest city with a population of over 4 million people. Originally established as a British colony and now Australia’s premier city, Sydney boasts dazzling harbors, beaches, a multicultural population, and a host of restaurants and attractions. The extensive public transportation system of ferries, buses, and trains let you see and experience it all. Internships are available with businesses of almost every kind, as well as community centers, galleries, hospitals, local schools, and an array of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.

Academic Information: 

In addition to interning, students will take the CAPA Global Internship Program course, which provides the opportunity to discuss and analyze theories and models of work organizations in a cross-cultural context. It also creates a framework for personal reflection on issues related to professional development, using the internship experience as a vehicle to contextualize and discuss the wider significance of internship activities.

A total of 3 credits will post to each student’s KU transcript at the conclusion of the program through the University of Minnesota, CAPA’s school of record.  It has been pre-approved to transfer to KU as any of the following:

  1. LA&S 490 – Internship Exploration (3 credits)
  2. BUS 300 – Topics in Business: Internship (3 credits)
  3. GIST 495 – Global Internship (3 credits)
  4. JOUR 507 – Practicum in Journalism (3 credits)

Note: Academic departments other than those listed above may offer departmental internship credit so students are encouraged to check with their department to determine if internship credit is available through them.  Click here to view a list of internship course options students have previously received internship credit for through international internship programs.


Students will be housed in apartments with double occupancy bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, and television (all utilities and linens are included). 15 GB of internet per month are included and additional data may be purchased for a fee. 


Participants must have completed their sophomore year before the program begins and be advanced in their fields of studies and in good academic standing. A minimum 2.75 GPA is required (exceptions considered with the submission of a GPA petition).

Further Reading: 

Application Procedures

Step 1: Complete KU application by Feb. 1st.  Below is a list of the required documents and questionnaires.

        a.  Statement of Purpose
        b.  Verification of Minimum GPA Requirement
        c.  Unofficial Transcript or Advising Report
        d.  2 Recommendations - 1 academic and 1 professional
        e.  Authorization to Release Student Information
        f.  Student Conduct Verification
        g. Academic Plan & Approval Form
        h. Financial Aid Questionnaire
        i. Passport Information Required Reading
        j. CAPA Application Instructions Required Reading

Step 2: Complete CAPA’s KU Sydney Internship application by Feb. 1st.    See the CAPA Application Instructions in the Required Readings section of your Jayhawks Abroad account for details. 




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