Vacation and Summer Internships for International Students 2019

March Madness is here again, and for International students, this can be a frustrating time.

“Applicants must be Australian Citizens or an Australian Permanent Resident.”

Right?

So LDS has got your back. Here’s a list of vacation and summer internships as well as graduate programs that are closing fairly soon. All of these programs either have a named data science stream or have a heavy focus on implementing big data analytics.

If you come across any more, please leave the link in the comments so we can add them to the list. At the bottom of this post is a list of companies that are known to hire International students. Their applications have now closed for the 2019/20 season. But remember you have 12-24 months to apply after you graduate.

Vacation and Summer Internships

Deloitte

Technology Internship Program
“You’ll spend three to eight weeks in one of our business units whilst getting a taste for what it’s really like to work in a leading professional services firm. At the end of the placement you will leave with the prospect of securing a graduate position, skipping the queue for a final year graduate placement


Closes: 17th March 2019, 5:00pm
Location: Canberra, Paramatta, Sydney, Alice Springs, Darwin, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Perth
Internationals: Yes
Length: 3-8 weeks
Starting: Early January 2020
More information

PwC

PwC Vacation Program
“Gain valuable experience and develop the skills and networks needed to create a meaningful career. Did you know that most of our vacationers receive an offer for a full-time graduate position after completing the program? If this isn’t reason enough to apply, then read on…If you’re in your second last year of university in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, our summer Vacation Program offers you first-hand experience at the heart of our business. The program runs over three to eight weeks (length varies per state) and includes full-time work experience during your university break, allowing you to get a head-start in your career before graduating.”

Closes: 17th March 2019, 5:00pm (Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) 24th March 2019 (Adelaide, Canberra and Newcastle).
Location: Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Newcastle
Internationals: Yes
Length: 12 weeks
Starting: Early November 2019 – January 2020
More Information – Technology

South32

Technology Internship Program
“South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company. We produce [various metals] at our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America.We are also the owner of a high-grade zinc, lead and silver development option in North America and have several partnerships with junior explorers with a focus on base metals.”

Closes: 31st March 2019, 5:00pm
Location: Perth
Internationals: Yes
Length: 12 weeks
Starting: 25th November 2019 – 14th February 2020
More Information.

KPMG

Vacation Program
“Our Vacation Program allows you to experience day-to-day-life at KPMG. You can feel what it’s like to be part of the team, working directly alongside our people. Want an insider’s view in to the world of KPMG? As part of our Vacation Program, you’ll discover first hand what’s it like to join one of the world’s leading professional services firms.”

Closes: 7th April 2019, 5:00pm
Location: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Parramatta, Perth, Sydney, Hobart, Launceston and Wollongong.
Internationals: Yes
Length: 6 weeks in Adelaide, 8 weeks everywhere else.
Starting: Summer 2019/20

Google

Information Technology Intern
“This program is designed to provide exposure to the technology industry for students who are historically under-represented in this field. Behind Google’s simple search box is one of the most complex technology infrastructures in the world. And behind that infrastructure is a diverse group of Googlers who design, build and keep the lights on for our users. We believe that in addition to hiring the best talent, hiring for a diversity of perspectives, ideas and cultures leads to the creation of better products and services.”

Closes: 13th May 2019, 6:00pm
Location: Sydney
Internationals: Yes
Length: 12 weeks
Starting: Summer 2019/20

Telstra

Telstra Summer Vacation Program
“At Telstra, we know development is a key ingredient for a successful career, so we’ll support you with a dedicated manager to help and guide you, as well as a graduate buddy to share their own experiences with you. We give our Summer Vacationers continual support and formal development sessions to build skills and technical knowledge. Your bi-monthly training and development sessions will cover everything from commercial acumen and managing your career, networking and building your personal brand, to practical training on presentation skills, time management and up skilling on the use of key Microsoft Office tools.”

Opens: June/July 2019
Location: Australia Wide
Internationals: Yes
Length: 12 weeks
Starting: Summer 2019/20
More Information.

Graduate Programs

Deloitte

Technology Graduate Program
“Each new employee is paired up with a guide and a coach to help with a smooth transition into Deloitte life. We provide the right kinds of tools and training to ensure all our graduates can achieve career success through mentoring, peer support and e-learning. Depending on your business unit, we offer the chance to develop further through professional study such as the Chartered Accountants Program and Masters of Tax.”

Closes: 17th March 2019, 5:00pm
Location: Canberra, Paramatta, Sydney, Alice Springs, Darwin, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Perth
Internationals: Yes
Starting: Early March and early July.
More Information.

PwC

PwC Graduate Program
“As one of Australia’s leading professional services firms, we have the opportunity to create meaningful societal change. From growing trust in food production to building hope in artificial intelligence, our people create trust in society and solve important problems each day. By creating a Graduate career with us, here you’ll be provided with the opportunities you need to contribute to a ‘bigger picture’.”

Closes: 17th March 2019, 5:00pm (Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane) 24th March 2019 (Adelaide, Canberra and Newcastle)
Location: Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Newcastle
Internationals: Yes
Length:12 weeks
Starting: Early November 2019 – January 2020

KPMG

Graduate Program
“At KPMG, we want you to discover the path that excites you most. After all, when you find a practice area you love, you’ll reach your potential that much faster. It goes without saying that we’re looking for graduates who are passionate and curious – smart individuals who are seeking a challenging and rewarding career. Here, you’ll be part of an outstanding team working across a diverse client list. You’ll be dealing with complex issues that will stretch your thinking. And you’ll have opportunities to learn and grow unlike anywhere else.”

Closes: 24th March 2019, 5:00pm
Location: Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide & Regions (Melbourne and Sydney closed on the 10th March)
Internationals: Yes
Starting: Early February.

Telstra

Telstra Graduate Program 
“The program offers you 12 months of challenging, hands-on and rewarding work that will give you the confidence and know-how to launch your career and achieve your goals. If you’re successful, you’ll work in an environment that’s embracing ways of working like Agile, DevOps, Human Centred Design and Lean. You’ll also be able to collaborate with the best people in their field and have the knowledge that your ideas will always be welcome.”

Closes: 24th March 2019, 12:55 pm
Location: Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne
Internationals: Yes
Starting: Early February
More Information – Data Analytics and Management Program

Procter & Gamble

Supply Chain Network Operations ( Logistics & Supply Chain) -2020 Graduate Role
“At P&G we want you to get your career off to a fast start. That’s why we don’t have a traditional Graduate program with rotations or gradual ramp-up periods. We hand you real responsibility from the moment you walk through the door. We believe it’s the best way to learn. From day one, you’ll help develop or support household name brands you know & trust while working in roles that have a direct impact on our global, US$65 billion-dollar business. You could be overseeing a brand with multimillion dollar sales, supporting the launch of a new product in to the market or work on strategic business priorities to enable us to WIN. There’s no limit to what you can achieve here.”

Closes: 29th March 2019, 11:59 pm
Location: North Ryde, NSW
Internationals: Yes
Starting: Early February

South32

Technology Graduate Program
“As graduate in our Technology team you get to explore different technologies to find solutions to complex problems within the business. You will learn to plan, convert and deliver technical problems into real-life business solutions that will help South32 to improve safety and productivity. You’ll be part a team that’s excited by new and upcoming technologies and welcoming of new and innovative ideas.


Closes: 31st March 2019, 5:00pm
Location: Perth and other operations in WA
Starting: Early February
More Information

RioTinto

Graduate Opportunities 2020 – Australia
“Graduate careers rarely impact everyday life. But at Rio Tinto, your innovation will deliver the building blocks humankind relies on. Like the aluminium in our cars. The iron in our buildings. And the salt that seasons our meals. This is complex work that calls for natural leadership and the ability to quickly develop new skills. Work that thrives from creative thinking and demands astute environmental stewardship. Work that ultimately shapes society and drives human progress”

Closes: 31st March 2019, 5:00pm
Location: Perth and other operations in WA and Brisbane, QLD
Internationals: Yes
Starting: Early February

Assessment centres in Perth and Brisbane will take place during the week commencing 20th May 2019.

REA

Data Science and Analytics Graduate
“REA Group is one of the world’s largest property and lifestyle media companies. Best known in Australia for realestate.com.au, the market-leading property site and app, we’re also a fast-growing global business spanning three regions. Our Data Science and Analytics program will immerse you in the full cycle of how we use technology to become more responsive to our customer needs. You will gain exposure to identifying and converting raw data into highly scalable data sets. Alongside how we conduct modelling & profiling analysis to develop appropriate models to predict the behaviour, usage patterns and trends of our consumers.”

Closes: 1st April 2019, 5:00pm
Location: Melbourne
Internationals: Yes
Starting: Early February
Length: 24 months.

carsales.com

2020 Graduate Program – Technology
“Not only are we the largest online automotive, motorcycle and marine classifieds business in Australia, we’re growing across Latin America and Asia. You’ll have the chance to create an impact in roles and projects that really matter to our business. We’ll surround you with a support crew of motivated, creative people who will help you grow your career. You’ll be learning our tech stack, the languages that we code in and how to work in an agile environment. We have a lot of what we like to call “tribes” and each one is working on a different element of the business. As you work through your rotations you’ll apply your skills to the design, development, and implementation of new complex tech systems that each of these teams are working on.”

Closes: 5th April 2019, 5:00pm
Location: Melbourne
Internationals: Yes
Starting: Early February
Length: 18 months
More Information

City West Water

City West Water 2020 Graduate Program
“City West Water is excited to announce the launch of its 2020 Graduate Program. Be part of a dynamic and customer focused business that puts the customer first and benefits the community. A role with us will see you join 450 people including engineers, planners, Information Technology and various environmental experts working across our sites in the western suburbs of Melbourne.”

Closes: 7th April 2019, 11:59pm
Location: Melbourne
Internationals: Yes
Starting: Early February
More Information.

Digital Alchemy

Graduate Program
“Digital Alchemy (DA) is Asia Pacific’s leading data-driven marketing services provider that helps companies all around the region achieve their marketing goals by implementing world class solutions to optimise the use of customer data. Digital Alchemy services Australia’s largest companies across all industry sectors including financial services, telecommunications, retail, media and other industry sectors. Our headquarters are in the heart of Sydney, with offices in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand and Melbourne with over 300 employees.”

Closes: Open now
Location: Sydney
Internationals: Yes
Starting: Early February
More Information.

Atlassian

2020 Graduate Analytics Associate
We are blazing new trails to enable meaningful growth decisions, so we’re constantly growing, learning, and trying to do things differently. We’re data unicorns that distill complex analytical terminology and concepts into concise language, and we interface directly with Product leaders to transmit that knowledge effectively. We’ve been described as fearless, but thorough, because we’re dedicated to an agile methodology that enables moving fast while still ensuring high-quality output. We also know all too well the importance of validating assumptions in our data, and we use various types of testing to prove those assumptions right (or wrong).”

What you’ll be working on:

  • Developing quantitative models of user behaviour and product performance.
  • Communicating the modelling, analysis and results via writing and visualisations.
  • Identifying areas for further investigation and creating innovative analysis methods.

Closes: Open now
Location: Sydney
Internationals: Not explicitly stated – though appears so
Starting: Late January
More Information.

  • AstraZeneca
  • Carlton & United Breweries
  • EML
  • FDM Group
  • Grand Metal
  • IRESS
  • Annalect
  • SAS
  • Schneider Electric
  • Tibra Capital
  • Strategy&
  • LEK
  • TAL
  • SIG
  • WPP Consulting
  • ThoughtWorks

What happens when you can’t pay for your degree

Have you thought about how you are going to pay for your degree? You can just put it on HECS-HELP, right?

You would be forgiven for thinking this. I did. That is until I got an email saying I had a $96,000 HELP debt. I had reached the maximum that the government would loan me and I had seven units left to go, nearly a full year.

You might be reading this and think ‘ oh that’s not me, I don’t have that much’ but you would be surprised. Be honest, do you know what you owe? Right now? To the dollar? Yeah, didn’t think so.

FYI, the maximum limit in 2019 is $104,440. It seems like a lot, but let’s look at an average student from Australia, interested in pursuing a post-graduate degree in Data Science or IT. This table is fairly representative of the current fees. International students (except for Kiwis #fam) can’t access HECS-HELP, all the more reason to read this article.

DegreeDomestic FullDomestic CSPInternational
Ba Comp. Sci $97,500 $28,077 $124,200
Ba. Comp Sci (hons)$130,000 $37,436 $165,600
Ma. DataSci$65,000 N/A$82,800
Ma. IT$65,000 N/A$82,800

For a domestic student who has Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in their undergraduate degree and then goes on to do either a Masters of IT or Data Science will be indebted to the government for $93,077.

Have you thought about that? That’s a house deposit in Melbourne (sorry Sydney folks, keep saving). And if you do honours then that jumps up to $102,436. International fees are even scarier, $206,700 and $248,400 if you do honours.

So how did I hit that threshold? Two bachelors with honours and 1.5 years in law school. There was a small twist in my story, more on that later.

It’s frustrating because students are told they can ‘figure their pathway out at uni’, swapping between courses, but they can’t afford to do it this.

– Student fees officer at a Go8 University

Now don’t stress too much just yet. I’m going to take you through things you MUST be aware of if you are going after a post-graduate degree.

Find out how much you owe so far

You can check where you stand here at the UniAssist website. You will need your CHESSN. You CHESSN is your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number’, these are found on the top of your CAN (Commonwealth assistance Notice). CANs are distributed after the census date each teaching period. I’ll cover census dates shortly.

Check that no mistakes have been made

If I had done this, it would have saved so many moments of panic, frustration and one broken coffee mug I may have thrown in anger; at the floor, not anyone in particular. Side note, if smashing crockery seems like reasonable anger management strategy, I recommend the Smash Room in Melbourne, where you can literally smash plates.

In early 2016 I got sick and was in the hospital for a month so couldn’t complete my semester. Because this happened after the census date, I had already been charged. Now when you are sick in the hospital the last thing on your mind is your accumulated HELP debt, so I didn’t pick up on it until the following semester.

Accumulated HELP debt — The total of any HECS-HELP, OS-HELP, FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP/VET Student Loans or SA-HELP debts you have incurred (including any Australian Government study loans incurred before 2005).

Fortunately, I could apply for a retrospective withdrawal and after much running around, I got an email saying it had been approved. Case closed I thought.

Rookie error. The University may have approved it, but didn’t mean the Government did.

Six months later, when I got that lovely letter saying I had run out of money, I realised that $14,800 I was still charged for that semester I couldn’t.

I had to contacted the Department of Education AND the Australian Taxation Office and after several genuinely pleasent discussions with various officers, I finally got a retraction. Shout out to the ATO becauase they were super across this.

While I was still pushing for the retraction the census date was looming for my next semester and I didn’t have the funds. This is what happened:

  • I nearly pulled out of my Masters and took the alternative exit option to get a Graduate Diploma in Data Science.
  • I hustled for a scholarship that apparently didn’t exist.
  • I begged, yeah, I begged hard.
  • My collection of plates faced some collateral damage.
  • I got a road-worthy ($120) to sell my car and pay upfront.

Fortunately, I was granted credit for my former research roles. It turns out my honours thesis was good for something after all.

How to prevent this happening to you

The following is s set of ahh….provocations for you to hopefully, avoid this senario and achieve your qualification without having to pay more than you expected.

Are you eligible for any credits (not exclusions)?

Credits mean you don’t have to do or be charged for a unit. These are usually given if you have done an equivalent unit at the same level e.g. post-graduate, or for appropriate work experience which you need to prove.

Credits saved me but you must speak with your university if they are the most appropriate option.

Can you take the path of least resistance?

Think about your strengths, is writing your forte, take more writing intensive units. Do you do poorly in exams relative to in semester assessments? Take units with no exams. Are you kind poor in the math department? Don’t take as many mathy units, ok that kind hurts me to write, but it’s true.

In the degree I teach we have two streams, one is quite rigid and has some heavy technical units. I see so many students pursuing this stream and failing unit after unit, racking up more and more debt. All because of they envision some sort of prestige attached to that stream

It’s not a minor. It doesn’t even go on your degree, no one will ever know you did that.

– Me, literally every semester when I have a failing student crying in my office

If you want to have a career in academia, you need to get a thesis under your belt, if not usually a capstone. A thesis usually has a hurdle which means that you need to get a certain WAM or do certain units. You really can’t afford to fail a unit. Take the easy route.

My course directors advice to me during this time, still sticks with me, a sign of my slowly developing the Machiavellian tendencies, a necessary requirement to succeed in academia (aledgidly).

Play the game.

– Jaded academic

Understand what Census dates mean

How many times have you seen that email or notification about census dates…..and promptly archived or deleted it? Stop doing that. Read them, for the love of god read them.

Census date — This date is set by providers and it is the legal deadline for various requirements, like making an upfront payment of your student contributions, applying for a HECS-HELP loan or formally withdrawing your enrolment so you do not incur a HELP debt.

Sometimes students enrol in units incorrectly or spend two weeks in them before deciding to bail. You have a period of time each semester before you get charged for a unit, so you must do this before the census date. This also goes for credit applications. See your faculty administrators to do this.

For CSP students (mainly undergraduates), you must submit enrolments and re-enrolments forms declaring yourself as a CSP student prior to the census date. If you don’t you are going to go from a $4,679 semester to a $16,250. That’s the price of a brand new small car.

For all Australian students, make sure you have a Tax File Number (TFN) well before your first semester. You will need this to apply for HECS-HELP. Apply for one here.

Remember each university, and sometimes even faculties with the university, have different census dates. You need to get across them early.

Can you afford to pay some upfront costs?

If you have run out of available funding can you afford to pay some of your units up front? Looking at all of your options early in your degree or even before, may allow you to save for a year or so until you exceed any remaining cap. If you are close to the cap but look like you can finish the degree, save for a unit anyway just in case you fail.

Try to get a Scholarship

If you have a good WAM (80%+) you may be offered a scholarship or partial scholarship for your course. For most universities this is the WAM of your last degree, not your current WAM. You will need to check with your university about these. There are often equity scholarships available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds as well. But for the rest of us, there is sweet FA.

Consider a loan

I don’t recommend this option, but if needs be. Personal loans for tuition fees and living costs are taken up by many students, but remember, you need to pay them back and that starts from the minute that money is deposited in your account. The interest rates can vary but they can be as high as 15% for unsecured loans. You should also think about how this will affect your future credit rating and quality of living (Mi goreng packet noodles are not a food group). Have a look at loan rates for tuition here. Applying for multiple loans is a one-way ticket to a Crappy credit score. Check your score here.

On the topic of loans, avoid payday loans. Actually avoid isn’t strong enough. Do NOT get a payday loan. Why? Because a 47% interest rate isn’t going to work out for you in the long run. Read the story of how a $600 loan turned into a financial nightmare.

Hopefully you have learned something helpful here. As always, please retweet our articles to share financial wisdom. 

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All information given in this post should be considered as opinion only and not a reflection of any specific university. You should conduct further research and not regard this article as a comprehensive and full accurate article. Pretty much, I take no responsibility for what you do with the information gained from this article.