Staff Spotlight: Debbie Shively

Sydney Resident Director
Debbie Shively is originally from California and holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Redlands. She began her career in international education at Menlo College where she was the Assistant Director of Admissions, predominantly working with international students. While a graduate student, Debbie held an internship at the US Consulate General in Sydney in the Education Advising Centre and worked for IDP Education Australia.

What makes interning in Sydney a unique experience for interns?

Debbie Shively - Sydney Resident Director

Debbie: Internships in Sydney provide the students with an opportunity to integrate into the Australian culture while at the same time gain exposure to their nominate field of study. The cultural integration and insight to how Australian businesses and organisations operate provides a great foundation to students as they set out in their careers.

What can you tell us about the workplace culture in Sydney?

Debbie: While some industries will be fast paced and high stress no matter where in the world they take place, the majority of our students find that Australian workplace culture is much more laid back and relaxed than in the U.S.

Do interns need prior work experience in order to apply for this internship? How does CAPA ensure a rich professional experience during this internship?

Debbie: Though not required for all industries, some prior experience is advised. Placements, especially in fields such as the sciences, health and sports are highly competitive. Any applicable experience to your preferred industry will assist in supporting your application.

CAPA Sydney intern from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Sydney?

Debbie: Do it! No matter where you are placed, you will be learning transferable skills that will be beneficial to your future career. Additionally, international experience looks great on a resume and will make an interesting discussion point during interviews upon returning to the US. Balancing an internship while undertaking academic courses and learning a new culture demonstrates your maturity and adaptability.