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Australia has the unique ability to combine sleek cosmopolitan urbanization with wide open beaches and deserts. The country is as much famed for cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, as it is for "the bush" and "the Outback." What do you get when these two conflicting landscapes come together? A country that has the second highest Human Development Index (HDI) in the world, taking into account life expectancy, literacy, education, standards of living, and quality of life.
Interning in Australia is guaranteed to be a fun and exciting experience. Not only are the opportunities endless, the culture is fascinatingly multicultural. In Australia, your time outside of the office will be just as much of a learning experience as your time in the office.
Australia is a big country with a varied economy, increasing the chances of you finding the perfect internship that fits your career goals.
Internships in Australia are available throughout the year and all around the country. More business-oriented internships will be found in major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth. If you're interested in wildlife or environmental research, you may find an internship by the Great Barrier Reef or in Western Australia.
In order to intern in Australia, you will need to obtain an Occupational Trainee Visa. This visa is specifically designated for visitors who wish to gain work experience in a structured workplace training program while in Australia. To apply for this visa, you will need your employer to sponsor and nominate you. Your employer must be a lawful Australian organization, a government agency, or foreign government organization. For more information, visit the website of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Be sure to pay close attention to the Eligibility and Obligations listed for both the sponsor and applicant.
With a large country such as Australia, the cost of living can vary quite a bit in different cities and parts of town. Overall, your cost of living will be higher in bigger cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth - especially in the center of these cities. On average, the rent per month for a one-bedroom apartment in the center of a large city in Australia is about AUD$1,500. On the other hand, rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the suburbs averages around AUD$1,000.
Internships in Australia are generally known as "work experience." Be sure to watch out for unpaid internships; these are legal but must include benefits for you and commercial gain for the company, and may not last longer than certain periods of time in some regions. To fully understand the laws regarding your internship, you should visit the website of the Australian region you will be interning in.
With a whole continent to itself, it's no wonder that Australia makes for a fascinating trip. Be ready for up-close-and-personal experiences with koalas, kangaroos, wombats, and platypi. You will also probably learn about Aussie Rules Football, cricket, rugby, and netball. There are many things unique to Australia - and they're all worth exploring.
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