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Beyond the Classroom

Being involved in an opportunity beyond the classroom is a unique way to engage with local Australians, become familiar with and contribute to the operation of a company or organization, and further enhance your degree and study away experience in Sydney.  


Internship Opportunities

NYU Sydney offers two distinct internship programs: for-credit and not-for-credit. While a key defining component is an academic course associated with the for-credit internships, they differ in placement process, time commitment, and breadth of opportunities.

Students who apply and are accepted in to the for-credit internship program are guaranteed a placement in a wide range of industries. These placements take the form of a traditional internship (11 weeks, at least 16 hours per week). Participants will work with our internship partner, CAPA International Education, to identify and secure an ideal placement.  Students will also participate in a complementary course that allows students to reflect critically and analytically on how the internship experience impacts their understanding of Australian culture and how it relates to personal and professional goals. If you are interested in applying for an internship for credit, learn more here.

Students who apply and participate in the non-credit program will work with the local NYU Sydney staff to identify an internship placement or volunteer experience. While the time commitment for these placements tends be less compared to the for-credit program, students have found that these opportunities are a nice complement to their academic experience.


Non-Credit Opportunities

The following is a list of current and past opportunities, subject to change each semester. New internships and volunteer opportunities are constantly being created. If you do not see your area of interest listed, or are interested in interning for a specific organisation; please do not hesitate to contact us at nyusydney.btc@nyu.edu with this information and we’ll strive to build an opportunity for you. Or alternatively, note this in your application form. Applications for Fall 2014 NOW OPEN. Apply by June, 15, 2014.

Click HERE to apply now.

  • (A) Independent Australian media corporation, reporting world news, national news and current affairs.

“The majority of the staff are quite young, and so it has been great meeting locals and talking with folks just finishing ‘Uni’ and starting up their careers. Although I have only been in Australia just a few weeks, interning [here] has really enhanced my study abroad experience, and I look forward to all the opportunities to come!” - Anthropology major, NYUS F’13

  • (B) Independent journalism organization focusing on Australian national and regional current affairs.
  • (C) Independent, grass-roots community advocacy/political organisation
  • (D) Australian, community-based, not-for-profit non-governmental environmental advocacy organisation
  • (E) A political office focused on environmental law/journalism
  • (F) International organization dealing with women’s rights, human rights, poverty, social activism

 

  • (A) A creative, marketing, branding organisation. Small and social team environment. Work with design team, edit mood boards, knowledge of Adobe InDesign & Illustrator helpful, as well as familiarity with Pinterest, Flickr, Wordpress.
  • (B) Talent agency; covering all aspects of photography, casting, media branding, media production, public relations

“I was able to spend my time doing the tasks that most interested me, not just random office work. My favorite thing I did was creating photoshoot briefs, where basically [my supervisor] would give the headshot of a model, three themes they were going for, and I would set to work creating these looks. So I would create slides describing how the model’s hair and makeup should look, what clothing she should wear, the location of the shoot, and even how the model should pose. Uber fun, especially if you’re a Pinterest addict." - Drama major, NYUS S’13

  • (A) Education sector of a diplomatic organization, supporting Australian students interested in studying in the U.S.

Note: This internship has short-term volunteer opportunities (as one of our students participated in below), as well as a semester-duration internship opportunity. If you are interested in a semester-duration opportunity, a lengthy security form must be completed because of the diplomatic nature of the setting. Takes 5-6 weeks to process.

“One of my favourite memories of NYU Sydney was the opportunity to volunteer at various events. One evening, we attended Ascham School’s U.S. College Information night and met Australian high school students who wanted to know what it was like studying at NYU. It was lovely to share our experiences as NYU students with young adults, who were equally eager to hear why we had left New York City to come to Australia.”

“Among all the various events I had the honor of participating in, my fondest memories were of getting to know the delightful staff and having the opportunity to encourage others to travel and learn in a new place.”

- Media, Culture & Communications major, NYUS S’13
 

  • (A) Analyse information on the Australian market, facilitate contact with Australian business, promote U.S products in Australia and advocate for U.S business interests.

Note: a lengthy security form must be completed for this internship because of the setting of the internship, being a diplomatic organisation. Takes 5-6 weeks to process.

  • (B) Trade analysis between Australia and the U.S, synergies between Australian and US politics. Invitations to exciting networking events.
  • (C) Boutique business working with universities to create internship business projects, industry placements and competitions for tertiary students. A hands on opportunity; Involves budgeting, business strategy. Small, strong team environment. A great mentoring opportunity.
  • (D) A start-up global equities hedge fund manager. Small team environment, involves financial analysis, compliance, preparing for an audit, sitting in on conference calls with international colleagues. Any experience is very well regarding, knowledge of the financial market. A great mentoring opportunity.
  • (E) A venture capitalist firm, focus on market research.
  • (F) Supporting a volunteer agency with their marketing and communications- source and develop content for their website and social media outlets, interviewing clients, writing articles, assisting with monthly networking events- managing registration & attendee feedback.
  • (G) Financial advisory organisation- provides risk management assessment to businesses, individuals.
  • (H) Boutique business working with universities to create internship business projects, industry placements and competitions for tertiary students. A hands on opportunity; Involves debugging, coding. Small, strong team environment. A great mentoring opportunity.
     

  • (A) A unique opportunity to gain experience working in the collection management of the Indigenous Archaeological collection with a particular emphasis on collection documentation, research, registration and data basing.
  • (B) Small-scale art cooperative supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Located in an Aboriginal owned and operated art gallery.
     

  • (A) Working with (primarily) Indigenous Australian primary school children to assist with their literacy skills and creative writing. Education/Social Work major and experience working with kids preferred.
    Note: You will need to apply for a Working with Children check in advance
  • (B) A not-for-profit organisation that provides opportunities for poetry creation, aims to make poetry accessible to all. Tasks involve proofing and transcribing primary school student's writing. A chance to work in an environment with accomplished writers. Fall 2014 interns have the opportunity to be involved with a large-scale national poetry writing competition for students in Years 3-10. This involves assisting in the selection of a short-list of finalists and helping coordinate an exhibition to display the short-listed poets' work. Students with a keen eye for detail, the ability to work independantly, who have an excellent grasp of the English language, are competent in their use of technology and have a passion for poetry and/or student writing are preferred.   

  • (A) Psychological clinic affiliated with a prominent public hospital in Sydney, offering specialist clinical assessment and diagnostic evaluation of common mental health problems, such as anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder and depression.
    Note: Need to be available on a Thursday, as this is the only day the clinic runs.
  • (B) The opportunity to work with an experienced nutritionist/naturopath. Possibility of sitting in on consulations, as well as behind the scenes focus: being involved in the inner workings of the operation.
     


Application Instructions

How do I apply? - Submit online application NOW (see below). Applications close June 15, 2014.

Interested Fall 2014 NYU Sydney students will need to complete the online application by Sunday, June 15. The online application requires you to answer a series of questions designed to help you think about what you would like to learn and accomplish from an internship or volunteering experience in Sydney, and to indicate what type of placements interest you most. You will also be required to upload a resume in .pdf or .doc format.

Click HERE to apply now.

Drama major, NYU Sydney Spring '13, at talent-agency internship

"I was able to spend my time doing the tasks that most interested me...My favorite thing I did was creating photo-shoot briefs... I would create slides describing how the model's hair and makeup should look, what clothing she should wear, the location of the shoot, and even how the model should pose. Uber fun, especially if you're a Pinterest addict."

- Drama major, NYU Sydney Spring '13, intern at talent agency

NYU Sydney Spring '13, students volunteering at Ascham School event

“One of my favourite memories of NYU Sydney was the opportunity to volunteer at various events. One evening, we attended Ascham School’s U.S. College Information night and met Australian high school students who wanted to know what it was like studying at NYU. It was lovely to share our experiences as NYU students with young adults, who were equally eager to hear why we had left New York City to come to Australia.”

- Media, Culture & Communications major, NYU Sydney Spring ’13, volunteer at various higher education info sessions for Australian high school students.

 

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