Fashion Internships in Sydney
Fashion is an exciting and fast-moving industry, where practical experience and industry know-how makes all the difference in the world. Start your career off on the right foot with an internship in Sydney, Australia, where the suburbs are home to interesting and creative boutiques. Come prepared to be as proactive and flexible as possible, as there is scope to gain multidisciplinary and broadly transferable skills. A high level of initiative will greatly enhance your cultural immersion and engagement as a fashion intern in Australia!
- Gain insight into the logistical operations of boutiques working to anticipate trends and attract customers.
- Deepen your industry experience while developing enhanced communication and relationship-building skills.
- Assist with marketing strategies, business strategy and seasonal planning.
- Gain scope to build your creative portfolio, depending on your strengths and focus.
Type of host organizations:
- Apparel companies, retailers and boutiques
- Wholesale or manufacturing establishments
Fashion internships in Sydney are ideal for creative, proactive, business-minded students, who are highly motivated and passionate about the industry. There is scope to gain a broad degree of experience, helping you to understand day-to-day operations of businesses that offer goods and services within this sector. Start building your resume with experiences grounded in your preferred industry and grow from there!
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and select meals included. You can explore remote Business Administration & Start Ups internships, if you are looking for an internship program that you can undertake from home.
Fashion is a broad field that encompasses a variety of talents, so there is a large range of potential placements available for interns who can contribute and build their understanding of this sector. Individual internship experiences vary, as the specific placement that you’re assigned will depend on review of your resume and your current level of studies and experience.
For example, if you have a design portfolio, showcasing skills related to design, illustration, sewing, working with textiles (etc), then the allocation of your internship placement can take such experience into consideration. In this case, internship activities may be related to assisting with trend identification, creation of brand mood boards and design concepts, color palettes and themes. Interns may also have scope to provide illustration techniques and technical drawings, and assist local designers with pattern cutting, draping techniques, tailoring and sewing.
Interns with a profile that’s more aligned with marketing and business (for example) can likewise be assigned an internship with alternative focus areas, contributing toward long-term business and marketing strategies. This may involve review of marketing strategies, development of supplier relationships, content creation for diverse media and advertising platforms, etc.
Although interns may focus on areas of strength, flexibility and adaptation is always required. Placement preferences are considered but always subject to availability. If you’re at a more introductory level, you should reasonably expect a more introductory internship. Likewise, if you’re interning for a shorter duration, you will have a different experience from someone who is interning for a longer duration.
Supervision may be handled by a range of staff, as teams can often be multidisciplinary. In all cases, interns should expect that the first week of your experience will focus on settling in and gaining some introductory knowledge, as you will not “hit the ground running”. Rather, you should start with learning about the placement to gain an understanding of what you can build upon, develop, learn, and contribute. Ensure that you ask questions and provide feedback during the introductory period, so that your supervisor(s) understands how you’re progressing. This will help them to better understand important details, such as how quickly you learn, what you find challenging, what you find interesting, etc.
Fashion interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
Attending team meetings to gain broad insight into multifaceted projects and priorities.
Providing logistical or administrative support to assist vendors and complete customer orders.
Researching market opportunities to identify trends and develop business strategies.
Creating content for diverse media and advertising platforms.
Assisting designers, where possible, with concept design and stages of garment creation.
Professional development opportunities:
Gain practical insight into the challenges and opportunities in the industry.
Increase your understanding of advance planning, operations and administrative requirements.
Review sustainable and ethical solutions that can advance and improve the industry.
Learn from experienced professionals and teams in diverse roles and areas of expertise.
Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$499 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$499 deposit payment) will be due no less than 90 days before your internship start date.
Program Fee (USD)
|6 weeks||$3,438 Equivalent to $81/day|
|8 weeks||$3,980 Equivalent to $71/day|
|10 weeks||$4,572 Equivalent to $65/day|
|12 weeks||$5,114 Equivalent to $60/day|
|16 weeks||$6,247 Equivalent to $55/day|
|20 weeks||$7,381 Equivalent to $52/day|
|24 weeks||$8,515 Equivalent to $50/day|
- Airport pick-up
- Daily breakfast and dinner (lunches on weekends only)
- 24/7 in-country support
- Program orientation
- Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
- In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
- Sourcing and securing your internship placement
- Personalization of your internship plan
- Coaching from your supervisor
- Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
- Academic credit facilitation
- International reference letter
- Certificate of Internship Completion
- Lunches during the week
- All in-country transportation
- Return transportation to the airport at program conclusion
- Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
- Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
- Personal spending money for snacks, drinks, public transport, laundry, and leisure activities during your free time.
- A deposit of $499 USD is required to secure your internship
- Balance of your Program Fee is due 90 days before your internship start date.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
- Terms and Conditions apply.
Arrival and Orientation
Internships in Sydney, Australia, begin every Monday of the year. Exceptions may be made to this when start dates are shifted to avoid public/school holiday disruptions or closed when the program has already reached capacity. Interns may choose to spend a minimum of 6 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 weeks. Airport pick up, accommodation, and select meals are included in the Program Fee.
The accommodation is covered from the Sunday night before the Monday start date - interns are required to arrive no later than the Sunday before their Monday start date, as all orientations are held on Mondays.
The typical port of entry is the Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD). Pick up from this airport is included in the cost of the internship Program Fee. Upon arrival, interns will be met, greeted, and transferred to the accommodation. (If you are planning to spend time independently in Sydney prior to the internship and will not require an airport pick up, we can discuss alternative arrival logistics).
Orientations will be scheduled virtually. The online orientation covers important details for your internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more. Your specific internship placement orientation will follow the general orientation, as you’ll be provided guidance on how to travel to and from your internship and be introduced to the team you’ll be joining.
The last night of the accommodation is the Friday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Saturday. Extra nights of accommodation can be arranged in advance, if requested, and are subject to availability. Return transportation to the airport is not included in the internship program fee but local coordinators can assist you to make arrangements, upon request. As a guide only, expect to budget approximately US$20 - US$30 for the AirportLink system, or US$60 - US$70 for a taxi. Extra nights of accommodation can be arranged in advance, if requested, and are subject to availability.
Please note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.
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Accommodation and WiFi
All interns in Sydney are hosted in various homestay accommodations. These are rarely located in the downtown area, but rather in the outer suburbs of Sydney, in middle-class neighborhoods, with convenient access to public transportation routes, and near to a variety of shopping and entertainment districts.
Homestay accommodations provide international interns with an extra layer of local support, while also providing a valuable opportunity to become immersed in the Australian way of life, meeting new people and engaging in the lifestyle. Australian accommodation hosts vary and interns are invited to complete a “homestay family preference form” in advance, so that we can do our utmost to accommodate you according to preferences (subject to availability and provision of advance notice and planning).
All homestays have WiFi. To keep connected when out and about, you can also opt to purchase a local SIM card with data (you will need to ensure that your phone is unlocked for international use). The local team can assist you with this at the orientation, if need be. Please note that the internet is for study purposes NOT for downloading music, TV shows, movies or playing games as this may exceed the limit. You are always welcome to purchase your own data to utilize for this type of viewing.
In most cases, individuals will be allocated a private bedroom within the homestay apartment. However, the availability of private rooms cannot be guaranteed, as it’s always subject to availability. In the event that you’re not allocated a private room, you may have your own bed, within a shared room (sharing with one other, of the same gender - usually, this arrangement is made in the case of friends, who are participating on the program together). Bedding and towels are provided, but it is recommended that you bring your own toiletries.
Internships in Australia include two meals per day, Monday through Friday, provided by the host family (daily breakfast and dinner). During the weekend, lunch is also available. During the week, interns need to budget independently for their own lunches.
Homestays typically provide meals for their guests in the traditional ways of the country. In Australia, you will find that the most common options for breakfast are toast (which Australians love eating with avocado, or Vegemite, which is a thick spread made from yeast); cereal, and porridge. Eggs in various ways, bacon, beans, sausages, tomatoes and mushrooms might also be provided sometimes, as these are also popular breakfast staples. However, the breakfasts provided daily to interns are not frequently cooked, but more likely to be cold, self-serve, continental style.
Lunch is not included through the internship program during the week, so you’ll need to budget for this meal. A light meal such as a sandwich, wrap or salad is typical. Pies, sausage rolls, sushi, noodles and soup are also popular lunch choices.
Dinner is the main meal of the day. It is typically served between 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., usually consisting of meat, a side dish (potatoes are the most common choice), and seasonal vegetables. When the weather is nice, Australians love firing up the barbecue to enjoy grilled sausages and other meats. Many people also enjoy picking up some fish and chips to eat on the beach during the warmer months.
It is important to be aware that vegetarian and other dietary requirements must be communicated in advance. There is an additional weekly surcharge if a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan diet is requested. This is in order to provide specialty grocery items, which are often more expensive (e.g. soy milk, gluten free bread/pasta, protein supplements, etc). The extra cost is US$40 per week, which will be charged in advance.
If there are special snacks you like to have, please budget for them and take care of your own preferences independently. Australia offers a plethora of options to satisfy your sweet tooth: Anzac biscuits (sweet cookies made with oats and golden syrup), pavlova (a meringue-based dessert) and Tim Tams (cream-filled chocolate cookies) are some of the more traditional treats.
A weekly budget of approximately US$200 should be more than generous for covering lunches during the week, in addition to any extra snacks and treats, plus costs required for using public transportation. Bear in mind that your weekly spending budget will be determined by your own personal spending habits and lifestyle choices, so please plan accordingly.
Activities and tourism
Outside of internship placement hours, interns have free time to experience sight-seeing and tourism activities in and around Sydney. From exploring the breathtaking Blue Mountains, to visiting wildlife parks, to discovering the unparalleled nightlife of Sydney, there is something for everyone in this incredible city!
The Sydney Opera House is a world-renowned site, masterpiece of architecture, and a must-visit for everyone interning in Sydney - with over 40 shows per week to enjoy, you’ll want to ensure you budget for this! You will be able to find tours, food, and drinks there, and enjoy magnificent views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is the largest steel arch bridge on the planet. And while you are there, take the chance to walk, cycle, and even climb its peak for stunning views.
If you love nature, then make sure to book a day trip to the Blue Mountains National Park. As the name suggests, these mountains get their blue haze from the vast eucalyptus forests in the area. Here you will enjoy multiple waterfalls, bushwalking trails, and views of the world-famous Three Sisters rock formation.
Australia is also known for its beaches, and close to Sydney you will find some of the best in the country. Find out what makes Manly beach so popular, and why tourists, locals, and celebrities alike flock to the white sands of Bondi beach on the weekend. If you have a few extra days to spare, you can head further afield to explore the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system and one of the seven wonders of the natural world.
Essential country information
Weather and climate:
Australia’s climate is significantly influenced by ocean currents and, due to the size of the Australian continent, you can expect different weather depending on where you are. Northern Australia has a tropical climate and will experience summer rainfall; the south-west has a Mediterranean climate; the southeast can be humid and subtropical; and the interior of the country tends to be arid or semi-arid. If you are planning to travel around different regions of the country, make sure you check the weather forecast!
The summer months in Sydney, where the internship programs are based, are considered to be from late November through till early March. During this season, the average daily high is above 77°F (25°C). By late February or early March, nights start getting cooler. The winter season runs from late May till early September, and brings average highs of 63°F (17°C) and lows of 47°F (8°C).
The highest tourist season in Australia is usually between April to September, when you can find everything open, and a mild and dry weather in most of the country. If you are going during this time, plan for big crowds at popular sites, and make sure you book your plans in advance to avoid disappointment.