Summer engagement program

International students it's time to be inspired, connected and supported with Study NSW's Summer Program. This tailored program includes free or low-cost events and activities to help you make the most of your time in NSW.

Now is the time to #LoveNSW

All Summer

NSW Government Virtual Internship

Right now there are great things happening in NSW. Transitioning our State into a new era requires talented and passionate people, including students like you, who want to become our future leaders.

If you want a challenging and varied career with the opportunity to help deliver better outcomes for the people of NSW, then join our virtual internship program, where you will build real skills and gain some insight into some of the work our graduates do.

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Farm Jobs Connect - A new program for international students in NSW

Are you looking for a job over Summer? Farm Jobs Connect provides paid employment while involving travel, accommodation, making friends and helping Australian farmers. Farm Jobs Connect is a Study NSW partner project, which links international students with part-time or short-term harvest work in the Hunter and Central West regions of NSW. It provides financial relief to international students and helps to build long term relationships between international students and potential agricultural employers.

The project is a collaboration between Navitas and Cozwine, an official placement agent for the Harvest Trail. This means students will receive an official MyGov account and are covered by any fair work agreements in Australia. Follow Farm Jobs Connect on Facebook or register your interest below.

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Virtual Startup Internship Program

Designed by Sydney School of Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Sydney Startup Hub, this virtual internship gives you real-life problems and supports you as you come up with innovative solutions that could make a real difference.

This program is open to anyone and everyone interested in the startup lifecycle!

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NSW Volunteering

Volunteering is a fabulous way to get involved in your community and meet new people. Volunteering can also help you work out what’s the right career for you, and it’s a great achievement to include in your resume. Join more than six million Australians who volunteer - there is a role to suit you either virtually or a COVID-safe way.

City of Sydney What's on Guide

From workshops to Christmas activities, art galleries and online events, the City of Sydney's What's on guide has it all!

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Cultural Competency Program

The Cultural Competence Program (CCP) builds capability around cultural diversity, and participants will gain practical skills and cultural specific knowledge for use both at work and in everyday life. The CCP explores topics including cross-cultural communication, addressing stereotypes, unconscious bias, diversity and the benefits of multiculturalism in the workplace.

There are over 60 animations and films, including real people telling real stories. Also included are fun, interactive activities, plus options for further reading. Individuals who complete the course receive a certificate (plus CPD points from participating organisations).

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Moonlight Cinema at Centennial Park

Pack a picnic, your friends and celebrate the arrival of summer with a cinematic night out under the stars! Catch the summer’s biggest blockbusters, new releases, advanced screenings and cult classic films under a starlit cinema screen

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WIL to Work modules and resources

Check these information-packed, self-paced online modules to find out more about work integrated learning and how to make the most of your experience.

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Sydney Playcays from Destination NSW

Choose a Sydney Playcay itinerary and start planning your city stay. From restaurants, shopping spots, outdoor adventures, walks, cycling and picnic spots – there are a host of themes to entice you to stay and play.

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Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s leading art museums. Over one million visitors a year enjoy the Gallery’s collection of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art. Located within beautiful parklands overlooking Sydney Harbour and only 15 minutes walk from the city centre. Admission to the Gallery is free, and so are our permanent galleries and most exhibitions and events.

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Australian Museum

After a year of renovations, the Australian Museum reopens to the public on 28 November, and best yet, general admission over summer is free!

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Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Lose yourself in the work of influential Australian Chinese artist Lindy Lee. Slow down and take in shimmering, meditative and thought-provoking works in her largest survey exhibition to date, which draws on her experience of living between two cultures.

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December 2020

2020 NSW International Student Awards

Tuesday 8 December, 2:10pm to 3:00pm

Join us virtually for the 2020 NSW International Student Awards ceremony, live streamed from Government House, Sydney. The 2020 NSW International Student Awards will shine a light on our inspirational international student leaders, education providers, business and community groups in NSW and celebrate their contributions to the community over the past 12 months.

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City of Sydney's Networking 101 Program for International Students

Strengthen Your Community Connections - Saturday 5 December, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Public Speaking Made Easy - Saturday 12 December, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Master Your Interview Success - Saturday 19 December, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

This program is designed to provide you with the basics to improve your networking and employability skills, to build your career and personal networks. During the program you will learn more about yourself and how you can use your strengths to be successful in your job searching, your career progression and sense of belonging.

All modules are interactive workshops where you can practice and meet other participants to perfect your networking skills. There will be guest speakers from Multicultural backgrounds to share their tips and experience.

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Insider Guides webinar: Your rights at work webinar with Fair Work Ombudsman

Friday 11 December, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

With the festive season fast approaching, you may get a casual job over the holiday period. The Fair Work Ombudsman has some important information to share about working in Australia.

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Insider Guides webinar: Understanding the Temporary Graduate Visa

Monday 14 December, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Joined by Nicole Kirkwood, Director of Australian Visa and Immigration Experts (AVIE) and experienced Registered Migration Agent, this webinar will be focusing on understanding the Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485), beginning with an in-depth presentation, followed by a live Q&A. The webinar will not be recorded, so register now to avoid disappointment.

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Study NSW x Academy of Entrepreneurs webinar: How to create an extra income this Summer

Wednesday 16 December, 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Join our free webinar with entrepreneur and TEDx Organiser Lucas Goranksy to find out how you can get started today, and create an additional income for the summer!. Learn how you can turn any idea into a real business in 12 simple steps with $0! Understand how to test an idea and find your first customer. Gain an understanding of the best tools and frameworks that famous entrepreneurs used to succeed. Learn how to use free online resources to save money and time.

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City of Sydney's International Student Leadership and Ambassador Program

International students are invited to apply for our award winning leadership and ambassador program in 2021 and 2022. The program offers free training, work integrated learning and volunteering opportunities to enhance leadership skills and experience. Participants also have an opportunity to make new friends, build a local support network and develop a sense of belonging while getting involved in local events and activities.

We encourage applications from students from a broad spectrum of tertiary education institutions, educational backgrounds, cultures and life experiences. Applications are open until Sunday 20 December.

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Christmas in Sydney

Various dates throughout December

See Sydney sparkle on a self-guided tour of lights, decorations and shopping destinations or visit Christmas markets and events throughout the City of Sydney.

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The Sebastian Foundation’s Carols from Parramatta

Friday 18 December, 8:00pm

The Sebastian Foundation’s Carols from Parramatta, supported by Disney+, is back in 2020 with a vibrant online Christmas concert starring Guy Sebastian and friends. Get ready for a star-studded Christmas event as Guy and Jules Sebastian host their annual Carols concert, featuring an amazing line-up of some of the best voices in the country singing festive tunes, and streamed online for the whole family to enjoy. You’ll also be able to make a donation to The Sebastian Foundation during the concert to help them raise funds to deliver meaningful change to some of the more vulnerable members in the community.

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New Years Eve in Sydney

Thursday 31 December

To keep everyone in NSW safe, New Year’s Eve celebration arrangements will be different this year.

Whether you are planning a celebration at home or in your local community, remember to ensure the safety of your family and friends.

Be aware of the number of people allowed in your home, maintain safe hygiene practices and use QR codes to check in if you are going out to a restaurant, pub or bar.

For residents of (and visitors to) the Greater Sydney area, a number of changes to the New Year’s Eve fireworks display at Sydney Harbour will be in place.

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January 2021

Sydney Festival

Wednesday 6 to Tuesday 26 January

In 2021, Sydney Festival is proudly all Australian-made. With 21 days of free events, performances, exhibitions and talks; come and see why our artists are considered among the best in the world. There are over 140 events and experiences for you to enjoy this January at Sydney Festival – so get curious and discover the full program online.

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New Year's Cricket Test Match, Australia v India

Thursday 7 to Monday 11 January

The biggest event on the NSW sporting calendar returns to the SCG as Australia and India renew their longstanding rivalry at the ground.

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Sydney Alliance Placements and Internships

Monday 18 January to Friday 28 May

Come and be part of the most exciting civic work in Sydney in 2021 – Post COVID19. Be part of a National Coalition of organisations organising and advocating for support to temporary visa holders in Australia.

As an assistant organiser in the Alliance you will be mentored by the lead organiser and thrown into new opportunities to organise for the common good of international students. The current agenda includes social isolation, work rights, education providers regulation, housing and evictions, welfare and issues relating to international student’s wellbeing.

The Alliance has been supporting the creation of Oz International Student Chapter, created by international students’ leaders from different backgrounds to provide a Welcome, Support and Justice space.

Please send your CV and cover letter to dolmos@sydneyalliance.org.au by COB Sunday 3rd of January 2021.

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Study NSW x Academy of Entrepreneurs webinar: How to make 2021 your best year ever! A biohacking, resilience and productivity master class with award-winning entrepreneur Paula Mills

Wednesday 20 January 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Did you know that you can hack your habits and become more productive and happier? In this workshop, you will learn the most empowering techniques that thousands of successful entrepreneurs use to boost their productivity, motivation and health - and create a better work-life balance. You will also learn how to improve your Emotional Intelligence via Strengths Finding Activities so you can do more of what you love, to achieve more of what you want. What is your 2021 goal? What are your top skills that you will need to use to achieve these goals? In just 1 hour Paula Mills will teach you how to master the art of understanding yourself and use it towards your advantage so that you can make 2021 your most successful year ever.

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Yabun Festival

Tuesday 26 January

The Yabun Festival is an annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture; held every year on Australia Day (26 January) on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people at Victoria Park, Camperdown in Sydney. Yabun translates to ‘music to a beat’ in the Gadigal language. Enjoy live music and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performances. All activities and events at the Yabun Festival are free.

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Study NSW Business Opportunity Accelerator with Practera

January and February (dates to be confirmed)

The Study NSW Business BOA program involves international student teams working on real client projects for NSW businesses, start-ups and not-for-profits, helping to analyse market changes and opportunities to pivot and innovate amid the current COVID business environment.

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Dine and Discover NSW

From late January

The NSW Government is launching Dine & Discover NSW to encourage the community to get out and about, supporting dining, arts and tourism businesses and stimulating spending in the economy.

Every NSW resident aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total. The vouchers can be used at participating NSW businesses who are registered as COVID safe.

The Dine & Discover NSW vouchers will be divided into two categories:

  • two $25 vouchers to be used for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs from Monday to Thursday, excluding public holidays.
  • two $25 vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues, available 7 days a week, excluding public holidays.

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February 2021

Study NSW x Academy of Entrepreneurs webinar: How to get your dream job with LinkedIn

Wednesday 3 February, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

LinkedIn is one of the most powerful and easiest to use platforms for you to build, grow and engage with professionals and get your dream job. Did you know that over 750 million professionals use LinkedIn? Learn the most powerful tips and tricks to get noticed, start a conversation, get invited for an interview and, get your dream job!

In this webinar you will learn the best networking strategies; from how to take the best profile photo - pick a powerful banner - write an eye-catching bio - showcase your achievements - engage with industry groups - position yourself as a skilled professional and 30 other effective and easy to start today tips and tricks - so you can get results immediately!

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Study NSW x Academy of Entrepreneurs webinar: How to start a social impact business and change the world

Wednesday 17 February, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Social Entrepreneurs are the greatest force of change, job creation and community impact. In this webinar you will learn the difference between Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship, define your passion and mission as a change-maker, who are the Social Impact Leaders and what lessons we can learn from them and implement in your social enterprise, how to turn global challenges into successful business solutions, how to become an Unstoppable Global Leader, how to start and scale a business with Purpose + Power + Profit and the Skills & Tools to Start your first social enterprise.

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