CISabroad - Intern in Australia

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Dive into your future career in one of the best spots on the planet—Sydney, Australia. On Intern in Australia, we’ll tailor your internship placement to match your career goals, interests, and skills. Not sure how long to live “down under?” You can choose an 8 or 12-week internship. Live the “work hard, play hard” mentality. While Australians take their workday quite seriously, they’re also serious about living the good life. Join your new friends to cheer on an Aussie Rules Football match, hang out in a local pub, or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with other interns.

Highlights
  • Comprehensive orientation and cultural activities included
  • Most affordable way to live and learn in Australia
  • Work experience with Australians and people from all over the world
  • Internship placement in beautiful Sydney, a bustling, cosmopolitan city
  • 24/7 on-site support to help you get adjusted to life in Australia

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Reviews

78%
based on 5 reviews
  • Growth 8.4
  • Support 7.6
  • Fun 7.8
  • Housing 5.6
  • Safety 7.8
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Grace
10/10

I Never Wanted To Leave!

I spent 3 months interning in Sydney, Australia and within the first few weeks it felt like home! I knew every nook and cranny of that city! After working my Internship hours for the day I would make sure to schedule adventure days around the city via Public Transportation. I felt like a local by the first week! I felt safe no matter what time of the day it was. Not only did I get to know the city, but I also made incredible life long friendships. To this day - a year after my journey - I still talk to my foreign friends! I feel like I've been spoiled because my internship fit my needs perfectly and the company supported me through one on one training. CISabroad is awesome!

Yes, I recommend this program
Natalie
8/10

Good Introduction for Traveling Abroad

The workplace that CISabroad matched me with was amazing, though my other intern friends had bad matchups and had trouble switching out. CISabroad’s Maria did an amazing job transitioning us to living in Sydney and gave us great tips on shortcuts, transportation, places to eat, etc. I feel that the program did a great job preparing us for departure and whatnot. I also loved that we were required to fill out a Weekly Learning Plan after each week of work, as this helps a lot with resume-writing after the experience. The cons that I have are that the program requests us to complete paperwork on short notice; my workplace also had the same complaint on their end. A breakdown of the fees would be nice. Also, the $500 security deposit we were supposed to receive from our housing at the end has become unheard of, and none of us have gotten that money back yet. This program is good if you want to live abroad and need a lot of guidance. However, if you feel you can do everything on your own, better to do so without a program and save money.

How can this program be improved?
Give a breakdown of fees, give a due date for us to receive our security deposit, assign forms ahead of time rather than right before due date. A bonus would be if CISabroad could implement a resume-writing workshop or some sort of career-planning supplement, the experience would be more consolidated.
Yes, I recommend this program
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ashley
9/10

My First Time Abroad

My experience was amazing and gave me everything I needed for my first time abroad. Because of this trip I know want to spend the rest of my life traveling and getting to know the different cultures of the world. I got to meet people from all around the world while also working at my dream job. Sydney was one of the most beautiful places and I cannot wait to go back. I would love to one day more and live there and maybe finish school there.

How can this program be improved?
Different housing would be great. The people at our accommodation were very scary.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Hannah
9/10

My Experience Interning in Sydney, Australia

There are not enough words to describe how grateful I am to CIS Abroad for providing me the opportunity to intern in Sydney, Australia for 8 weeks this summer. I am just in the middle of the program now, and I am having the time of my life. Being able to see firsthand how Australian business is run, getting hands-on experience that will directly impact my future career, and having weekends to explore one of the most amazing cities in the world is something I will never forget or take for granted.

Even though I have been here such a short time, I have already learned a lot. I believe my patience has grown ten-fold, and I already considered myself a patient person before I came here. I have been given tasks that seemed daunting at first, but I stayed confident and was able to tackle them and feel proud of the work I did. I have learned the best ways to communicate with my supervisor. I had some difficulties adjusting when I first arrived in Sydney and was forced to either bring them up to my supervisor and my CIS Abroad advisor or suffer and stay quiet. I chose the former, and I am so happy I did. I learned how to best deal with conflict resolution, which tends to be difficult when it is your own issue you need assistance with. In the end, things could not have been better. Everyone worked to make sure I was comfortable but still being pushed, which I am so grateful for.
On a non-work related topic, the friendships you get to make through this program are invaluable. I have made the most incredible relationships with the students that arrived in Sydney at the same time as me, as well as the other international students and interns living in my apartment building. We have gone on many adventures together in our short time here, and we have quite a few more planned! It has made the adjustment process so smooth and wonderful to have people to relate to and spend time with. They serve as a distraction from homesickness, adventure buddies, and true friends I honestly believe I will cherish forever. They are each so genuine and caring, and I can't imagine how different my experience would be without them.

One of the tough parts about getting to Sydney from the States was the time zone change. I would recommend staying up as LATE as possible on your first day and then sleeping at night; no naps when you first arrive. This helped me adjust to the new time so much quicker than others I know. I also had some difficulty with flight cancellations and delays on my way from the States to Australia, but if it happens to you, stay calm! Everything works itself out, and the CIS Abroad staff made me feel so relaxed and at ease and made sure that I was fully caught up on things I missed and totally taken care of when I arrived. My on-site director even bought me breakfast and snacks and had them waiting for me in my room when I arrived at the accommodation in case I would be hungry (which I was, so I greatly appreciated her generosity)!

Another tip for navigating the city is just to explore! The Sunday before our first day of work, each of the interns I live with went our separate ways to try to find the best route to take to our job sites. I got very lost, but Google Maps is a lifesaver! Buses and trains are everywhere, and even if you feel lost, chances are that you aren't too far away from either where you need to be, or modes of transportation that can help get you there fast! Just be wary of how much you are spending on your Opal card, which is what Australians use for public transportation. It can get quite expensive! However, if you ride a bus or a train more than 8 times in a week, every ride after that is half priced! Which is a great deal, especially since it doesn't take too long to hit 8 rides.

The best thing I purchased here so far has been my phone plan. I chose to go with Vodafone, which is one of Australia’s largest phone companies. I was nervous that I would not be able to talk to my family regularly, whether because of international plan limitations or the crazy time difference, but that hasn’t been the case at all! I purchased a monthly prepaid phone plan that gave me 24 GB of data for only $35, and unlimited calls and texts within the country. I’ve been using my data to FaceTime my parents and friends back home! Its been almost a month, and I have plenty of data left before I need to repurchase the plan. My commute in the morning is about an hour and a half, and when it is 8am in Australia and I am getting on a train, it is 6pm the day before at home, which is the perfect time to call and touch base with my family. I have made this my daily routine, and it starts my day off in the best way. Don’t be nervous you won’t be able to contact home! There are EASY ways to make it happen, even if you don’t choose to make it a daily thing. I was terrified to not have much communication, but my worries were for nothing. Like I said, everything works out!!

As I said, I have only been in Sydney about 3 weeks now. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy exploring every chance I get! My favourite travel-related memory has to be the day we went to Palm Beach Wharf to take a ferry to the Basin. This was about a two-hour bus ride from Sydney, but talking and laughing with my friends helped make it feel short. We got to feed and play with wild wallabies when we were there, and it was insane to see how close they came to us and how friendly they were. I never imagined I would see a wallaby so close and in person! Palm Beach is also incredibly beautiful. I would definitely recommend going there if you ever come to Sydney. Another thing I look forward to every day is coming home and hearing about my friends’ days. Each of us is doing an internship that is in a different field, so there are always unique stories to be heard, funny things that happened in the office or on their commute, and what they are working on.

I can’t wait to use what I am learning at my internship in my future career and life in general. Its only been three weeks, and I feel more prepared to be in a career field than I ever have been before. I chose to do a general business administration/event planning internship, as I do not yet know what I want to do for a career in the future. This has opened my eyes to what it looks like to run a business and plan large events. Even though I came at the end of planning, I was able to dive in headfirst to help finalize details and plan my internship’s huge annual Ball that hosts over 500 guests! It was a doozy to work on, but I learned so much in such a short amount of time regarding what it takes to pull together such an extravagant night. It came together so beautifully, and I was so proud to have had even a small part in making it the success that it was.

If you are considering a trip with CIS Abroad, to anywhere in the world, DO IT! Don’t wait! This is a life-changing experience I would encourage anyone to look into. I am learning more about myself and growing, both personally and professionally, than I ever believe I would. I attribute this growth and knowledge directly to CIS Abroad and my wonderful supervisor at my internship. I have never been a very shy person, but I feel as though I have emerged from a shell I didn’t even realize I had. I am not afraid of these new adventures and challenges, but I am embracing them with everything in me. I was terrified that I would be incredibly homesick and not want to finish the 8 weeks, but I have been able to contact my family daily, which gives me the courage and determination to do my very best here and not feel like I need to be home just yet.

CIS Abroad has completely changed my life, and I am so thankful for the program they have put together. If I am presented another opportunity in the future, I would love to take another trip with the company. Travel has always been something I have been incredibly passionate about, but getting to experience life down under has made the fire in me burn even brighter. I want to see everything the world has to offer. Thank you, CIS Abroad, for reminding me that there is so much out there for me to see and experience, and thank you for letting me have a little piece of that here in Sydney. I am forever grateful for this experience. If you’re on the fence...don’t be. Take the plunge. The risk is entirely worth it. You will be a million times better for it, and I guarantee you will thank me later. ;)

How can this program be improved?
The only complaint I would have would be the accommodation. It is in a really nice location for the city, but is terribly far from a lot of the job sites the interns have. I personally do not mind my commute too much, but the Opal card is very expensive! The accommodation itself is also rather old, and very small. The kitchen and bathrooms are shared between everyone that lives there, not just CIS Abroad students. It is sometimes difficult to cook or shower when you want because you might be competing for the space. The kitchen appliances are also very old and do not even have temperature gauges on them. This proves to be difficult to cook with, at least for me since I barely know how to cook even on a high tech oven/stove. If we were in a bit of a nicer accommodation, I would even be willing to spend a bit more money on it. This place just feels outdated. It definitely serves its purpose and is located close enough to Central station and the city. If we were a bit closer to Central and in a nicer building, I truly believe that is the only thing that could improve my experience here in Australia.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Annie
3/10

Worst accommodations

My accommodations: a house with 10 rooms, 15 tenants, 1 shower, 1 lavatory, one toilet, one refrigerator, dirty kitchen, on an unsafe street. Due for demolition in Oct. 2013 so I guess they don't care what the conditions are. No oversight by CIS. Buyer beware and demand specifics before you pay or leave home.

No, I don't recommend this program

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