Internships have long been considered an important career-building tool, but in today's immensely competitive Australian job market, their importance has intensified.

With this in mind, the Faculty of Economics and Business and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney have teamed up with the University of California Washington Centre (UCDC), to offer economics and business undergraduate students an exclusive internship opportunity to gain some invaluable global experience.

The nine week internship, which will be held over the 2010/2011 summer break, will give 20 successful applicants the opportunity to complete three units of study on the UCDC campus in Washington DC, USA. The internship also includes a professional placement for the participants in a top US-based organisation.  

Dr Leanne Piggott, senior lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Business will travel with students to Washington DC and will teach one of the units of study. Students will also complete a compulsory UCDC unit and chose an additional unit from two electives offered by UCDC. To cap it all off, students will receive a total of 18 credit points from their overseas study towards their degree at Sydney.

Associate Dean (Undergraduate) in the Faculty of Economics and Business, Professor Tyrone Carlin said: "There's no doubt that employers now look for graduates that have some international experience on their CV's. This internship will provide students with the opportunity to gain international experience as well as enhance their knowledge of American business and culture.  Most importantly, the professional placement component of the program offers significant networking opportunities with business leaders and government officials."

US Studies Centre chief executive Professor Geoffrey Garrett said that the University of California is a world class partner with more than a decade’s experience in running an elite residential study and internship program in Washington. “Studying a country like the US from Australia is good, but living and interning there will be mind expanding and life changing for our students”.