Self-sourced international internships

Find out how you can select your own internship opportunity for the ENGR90033 Internship subject.

The Australian Government has advised against all overseas travel. As such, we have temporarily suspended approvals for all overseas internships.

The University will update students and staff on travel as new information emerges and we look forward to re-assessing applications for overseas internships as soon as this advice changes.

If you have secured your own internship overseas, you may be eligible to apply to use it as part of ENGR90033 Internship. We can currently assess applications to undertake internships in the following regions or countries:

  • Malaysia
  • Mainland China
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • India
  • Singapore
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • North America
  • Western Europe (a full list of countries can be found below).

You would be responsible for securing suitable accommodation if you source your own internship overseas.

  • Eligibility

    You are eligible to undertake the ENGR90033 Internship subject if you meet the following criteria:

    • You must be enrolled in one of:
      • Master of Engineering (all disciplines, excluding the ‘with Business’ stream)
      • Master of Information Systems
      • Master of Information Technology.
    • You must have completed at least 50 credit points in your Master’s program as an enrolled Masters student.
    • You must have at least 25 points available for an elective subject in your degree.
    • You must not have completed another internship subject within your Masters course. Disallowed subject combinations are listed in the Handbook.

    International internships can take place over the Australian summer only.

    Eligible countries

    Malaysia (excluding eastern Sabah); Mainland China; Hong Kong SAR; India†; Singapore; Japan; New Zealand; Canada; USA; Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Croatia; Republic of Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; UK; Switzerland; Norway; and Iceland.

    India (except any of the following states: Assam (except Guwahati), Nagaland, Manipur, Chhattisgarh and the border areas of neighbouring states, Jammu and Kashmir and the area around the India-Pakistan border)

    Approvals within these countries are subject to the DFAT travel advisory level remaining low. If a travel advisory level changes to “Reconsider your need to travel” or “Do not travel” we will be unable to support internships in the affected region.

    Further advice about DFAT travel advisories

  • Plan to succeed

    Students who prepare effectively for the internship subject are more likely to succeed in securing an opportunity.

    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 employers 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 resumé 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 [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

    If in doubt about any aspect of employment law please seek legal advice. The UMSU Legal service, accessible via the Student Union, may be able to assist with this.

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

  • Find opportunities

    Sourcing your own internship will involve you contacting potential companies and people to explore possible opportunities.

    Before you start doing this, it is important that you spend some time creating a targeted approach though identifying industries, companies, projects and contacts of interest. This will assist you in being clear about what it is you are looking for and will additionally help you to build knowledge of possible careers in your discipline area. Further, you will make a better impression when you are making contact with industry professionals if you are well informed and clear about what it is you are hoping to achieve.

    Before you start contacting organisations about possible internships, ensure you are clear about requirements for ENGR90033 Internships. See the Submit your application below section for further details.

    Explore tools and resources and research independently as part of your journey toward your future goals.

    Self-sourcing your own internship can be daunting but it needn’t be if you approach it with a growth mindset toward your own personal goals. There are a number of resources to assist you in speculative outreach to organisations on the EmployMe platform including:

    Note: Log in via this link first – EmployMe – and then you will be able to access the links above.

    Ensure you attend relevant sessions advertised on Careers Online and Your MSE Calendar throughout the semester to assist with your outreach strategies.

  • Submit your ENGR90033 application

    In order to apply to use a self-sourced internship as part of ENGR90033 Internship, you must complete a detailed application form, which includes a risk assessment and asks you details about your host company. These applications may take a few weeks to assess.

    All students who wish to undertake an internship overseas, must complete this. Your internship approval is subject to an assessment for suitability both in terms of your position description and also the risk assessment to ensure that appropriate workplace safety provisions are in place at your proposed host company.

    The Melbourne School of Engineering reserve the right to not approve overseas internships where there are concerns about the level of risk involved or the position description or host organisation is deemed unsuitable.

    A PDF copy of the application form can be viewed here, so that you can see what information you need in order to apply.

    Download: Example: ENGR90033 Student-Sourced International Internship Application [PDF]

    The online application form can be found at the bottom of this page.

  • Subject enrolment

    Agreement, enrolment and OHS training

    If your internship is approved, 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 the 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 if required.

    For further details regarding subject requirements, refer to the Handbook.

  • Key dates

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

    July 2020

    • Applications open for summer 2020–21.
    • An information session for students interested in the Malaysia program and international self-sourced internships will be held.

    15 October 2020

    • Extended deadline for submitting an application for a self-sourced overseas internship.

    October 2020

    • Mandatory non-academic pre-departure takes place in Melbourne.

    Mid-late November 2020

    • Departure for host country.

    Mid-late February 2021

    • Internship concludes.
    • Return to Melbourne.
  • Cost

    Regular subject tuition fees will apply to this subject. Additional costs, such as airfares and accommodation overseas, are your own responsibility.

    Students may be eligible for mobility program funding as ENGR90033 Internships is a University of Melbourne Overseas Subject. Visit the Scholarships website for further details.