International internships

A unique opportunity to apply your skills in a real-life work environment and gain international experience.

For students seeking cross-cultural work experience, ENGR90033 Internship is a 25-point subject which allows you the opportunity to undertake a 320-hour internship overseas for academic credit toward your degree during the Australian summer (December 2020 – February 2021).

MSE will offer internships through the ENGR90033 Internship portal , with specific destinations to be announced mid-year and applications opening at the start of semester 2.

Maybe you’re heading home for summer and want to take an internship during your time there, or perhaps you’d like some help boosting your resumé with international work experience while experiencing a totally new part of the world. Read on to learn more about the program and check back shortly to find out where you can go with ENGR90033 Internship in summer 2021 and how to apply!

University-sourced internships overseas

MSE works with third party partner organisations overseas to offer internships in several locations, based on students’ individual aspirations, career goals, and experience.

While in country, our partner organisations will provide cultural, academic and professional development opportunities to allow you to make the most of your experience as you become part of the global workforce.

Accommodation is provided in locations convenient to your internship, and ranges from student apartments to residence hall-style facilities. Accommodation is furnished and includes basic kitchen facilities, access to laundry, and internet connectivity. Please note that some accommodation is on a room share basis with another intern. 24-hour in-country support is also provided in the unlikely event of an emergency or if you require any extra assistance while interning overseas.

In the past we have offered programs in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Berlin. The destinations for summer 2021 will be announced mid-year.

  • Eligibility

    You are eligible to undertake the ENGR90033 Internship subject (University sourced opportunities) overseas if you meet the following criteria:

    • You are enrolled in any of:
      • Master of Engineering (all disciplines, excluding Chemical and the ‘with Business’ streams)
      • Master of Information Systems
      • Master of Information Technology.
    • You have completed at least 50 credit points in your current Master program as an enrolled Master student.
    • You have at least 25 points available for an elective subject in your degree.
    • You must not have completed another internship subject within your Master course. Disallowed subject combinations are listed in the Handbook.
    • You have a weighted average mark (WAM) of 60 or above in your current course.

    If you meet the above criteria, you will be invited to access the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal where internship opportunities that have been sourced via university networks are listed.

    Although the overseas internship University sourced opportunities are currently limited to students with a WAM above 60, if you do not meet this requirement you will still be eligible to participate in the subject by sourcing your own internship in Australia. If you are unsure of your course requirements, you should book a course advice appointment.

  • Plan to succeed

    Students who prepare effectively for the internship subject are more likely to succeed in securing an opportunity. Even though international internships won’t be advertised until July, you should start preparing now to give yourself the best chance to succeed.

    Most internships you apply for will require you to address selection criteria via a cover letter and a resumé. It is important to ensure you research and tailor your application documents for the local job market in the country where you are applying. The requirements for documents such as resumés vary by country.

    Keep an eye out for any relevant information sessions listed via Careers Online and the MSExpress newsletter as specific information sessions are held periodically for students applying for jobs overseas.

    There are two key areas in which preparation should be focused:

    Create or update your application documents

    Internship host companies will be interested in the skills and experiences you have gained so far. These experiences will be conveyed via your application documents. To ensure you are able to put an effective application forward, consider if you need to add to your resume by:

    • Undertaking some volunteer work.
    • Working in a part time or casual role.
    • Joining and contributing to a professional association.
    • Getting active in your professional student club.
    • Brushing up on skills in demand in your industry.
    • Practising your written and spoken communication skills.
    • Keeping up to date with developments in your industry.

    Set up a plan a semester prior to when you expect to undertake your internship and upskill in areas where you have gaps.

    Prepare for interviews

    If your application is shortlisted for an opportunity you may be invited to an interview for the internship. A range of career orientated and professional skill workshops are advertised on Careers Online which you are encouraged to attend prior to an interview. Before your interview you should also look to undertake the following:

    • Study the organisations website or look for articles about the organisation in the media.
    • Re-read your application.
    • Review the most common interview questions available [PDF]
    • Review the selection criteria and ensure you can provide interesting examples to demonstrate the skills that are listed.
    • Prepare some questions for your interviewer to ask at the conclusion of the interview.
  • Resources

    Utilise resources accessible to you whilst you are a student to gain a competitive edge in your approach:

  • Agreement, enrolment and OHS training

    Enrolment will be permitted via email into ENGR90033 Internship once the appropriate legal agreement has been returned by both you and the host organisation.

    You will not be able to self-enrol into the subject until this time. The agreement will be managed by Melbourne School of Engineering.

    Once returned, you will be sent an approval email which will detail the steps you must undertake to submit an enrolment variation to Stop1.

    To remain enrolled in the subject you will need to undertake OHS training and ensure that you hold a valid visa for your destination country if required.

    It is student's responsibility to research visa requirements and ensure that you have the correct visa if needed. Refer to the website of your destination country’s embassy, consulate or high commission for further information as the University is unable to provide visa advice.

    Further information will be provided at the time of enrolment. For further details regarding subject requirements, refer to the Handbook.

  • Key dates

    Key dates for internships taking place in Summer 2020–21:

    July 2020

    • Students who are eligible for Summer university sourced placements will admitted to the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal for the ENGR90033 Internship subject where we will take applications for the international programs.
    • An information session for interested students will be held.

    August 2020

    • Applications will close and the placement matching process will begin.

    September 2020

    • Interviews with companies will take place.

    November 2020

    • Mandatory pre-departure session (in Melbourne) and bootcamp.
    • In-country inductions.

    December 2020

    • Internships commence first week in December.

    Mid-late February 2021

    • Internships conclude mid-late February 2021.
  • Cost

    Regular subject tuition fees will apply to this subject. Determine your subject fees on the University’s Understanding Your Fees website.

    In addition to subject tuition fees, a program fee applies to the overseas internships through ENGR90033 which are run in conjunction with partner organisations. This fee covers accommodation, in-country support and a program of social, cultural and networking events in-country. The Program Fee does not cover flights, incidental expenses, meals or public transport costs incurred during the program.

    Program fees for Summer 2021 programs will be publicised mid-year, when destinations are announced.

Further information

Industry  Placement Coordinators
Melbourne School of Engineering
eng-placements@unimelb.edu.au