University of Sydney Handbooks - 2020 Archive

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Exchange, Internships and Projects


The University of Sydney Exchange Program provides you with the exciting opportunity to add an international perspective to your education at an Australian university with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. You can study for one or two semesters from a wide-ranging selection of units of study on a non-award basis.

You will receive an official University of Sydney academic transcript at the end of your study period to request credit at your home institution.

Contact/further information

For more information, visit the study abroad and student exchange website.

Industry and Community Projects

A key aspect of the undergraduate curriculum is to deliver opportunities for students to address authentic problems and issues. To deliver these learning experiences, the University has partnered with a broad range of industry, community and government organisations to source genuine problems that allow students to tackle pressing challenges in a real world context.

Working in multidisciplinary groups, with academic oversight from a project coordinator, students will research, analyse and present solutions to the problems set by the external partner.

The projects deliver collaboration across discipline areas and provide opportunities to work with major industry partners in project groups of students from a diverse range of disciplinary backgrounds.

Contact/further information

Please refer to the Interdisciplinary Studies Handbook.

Internship for Credit

The internship allows students to gain relevant work experience in roles relating to their degree. Students will be required to work a minimum of 120 hours or (e.g. 20 days) with an organisation in a role that provides them an opportunity to develop an applied understanding of their course work. Internships allow students to transfer their classroom learning to real life situations within their host organisation. In addition to improving their communication skills students will gain an understanding of workplace culture as well as knowledge and experiences that enhances employment opportunities. Placements may include: banks, accounting firms, consulting firms, NGO’s, manufacturing and government organisations


This unit provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Deepen their understanding of their studies by applying theoretical insights in real world and practical settings.
  • Gain experience in working with people of different cultures and experiences and in developing appropriate communication skills.
  • Learn to reflect on their own performance and develop strategies for identifying and achieving performance goals.
  • Gain experience in working in inter-professional and inter-disciplinary setting
  • Develop their skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration through challenging themselves in unfamiliar settings

Students must have completed at least at least 24 credit points at an Intermediate (2000) or Senior (3000) level of study.

Successful students will be accepted into the program and subsequently matched to a suitable host organisation. Students enrolled in the internship unit will be required to attend specifically designed Careers Centre Workshops that have been created to assist students in maximising the internship experience. Two weeks prior to internship commencement, students will be required to research their host organisation and complete the documentation such as Placement Objectives for the internship. Students will meet, discuss and agree the final Placement Objectives in consultation with their host supervisor and submit the document at least one week prior to the first day of their internship.

Contact/further information

Visit the Current Students website.