Work experience and internships

Your pathway to future employment

Many international students complete a work experience placement or an internship while studying. Internships are a great way to gain professional experience as well as giving you the opportunity to apply what you have learned during your study to the work place.

Some courses require you to complete a work experience placement to earn course credits. Check with your educational institution for more details.

Different types of opportunities

There are different types of work experience options available to international students, and your educational institution will often help you make the arrangements.

  • Cadetships: Cadetships are paid, part-time employment while you study and full time during holidays.
  • Co-operative education: This is a full-time year of paid industry learning that is taken as part of your third or fourth year of study. It earns you credit towards your degree.
  • Holiday work: This usually takes place in the second to last year of your study and lasts around 12 weeks.
  • Internships: Can be paid or unpaid. This supervised work experience has set learning outcomes for the student.


Volunteering is unpaid work, and is a valuable way to get hands-on experience or to try out a job or an industry that you think you might like.

Find out more about volunteering opportunities

Work Integrated Learning opportunity

The International Student Welcome Desk at Sydney Airport is staffed by local and international student volunteers through a work integrated learning program. The student volunteers are responsible for greeting arriving students and providing them with assistance and information.

We want you to be a part of it. Study NSW is looking for students to take part in a Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL) program with their institutions and the NSW Government.

Expressions of interest are currently closed.

Learn more

Virtual Startup Internship Program

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to work in a startup? Get behind the scenes of three startups at different stages of their entrepreneurial journey and see where working in this dynamic space could take you.

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!

Check out the program here