American Chamber of Commerce internship

The United States is Australia’s leading economic partner, with $1 trillion in two-way investment, a free trade agreement underpinning over $65 billion in annual trade and multiple daily flights linking the two countries. The United States has also become Australians’ leading overseas travel destination.

Freya Zemek (right) interned at the American Chamber of Commerce
“My internship at AmCham was an invaluable part of my education as it took me beyond academia and challenged me to apply my skills in an environment with commercial imperatives and policy platforms. As an intern at AmCham, gaining exposure to leaders from business and politics alike was a tremendous and unparalleled opportunity.” Freya Zemek (pictured right) majored in Government and International Relations

Founded in 1961, the American Chamber of Commerce is the pre-eminent international business organisation in Australia and the largest and most active international Chamber of Commerce. AmCham’s mission is to connect US and Australian commercial interests to create opportunities for its members and business communities to prosper.

The internship

The United States Studies Centre offers its students an exclusive opportunity to intern at the AmCham office in Sydney. The professional placement gives students unprecedented access to AmCham to work on issues concerning Australia-US relations in the business space. This program not only provides students with real-world experience but counts as six credit points towards their degree at Sydney.

The internship runs through semester with two days a week in the office and occasionally assistance with AmCham events after work hours. As part of the internship, undergraduate students are required to complete the six-credit point internship unit, USSC2605 US Studies Internship. The unit has been designed to provide academic support for students to discuss and refine research approaches and questions about issues arising from the placement. Assessment includes a reflective journal, research essay and an oral presentation based on the internship experience.

Please note that enrolling in this unit is a compulsory part of the internship. This unit does not currently count towards a major and will be counted as an elective unit. All students are responsible for checking their degree progression to make sure they can enrol in this unit. Students will not be considered for the internship if they do not have room in their degree to take the unit.

Postgraduate students are also required to receive credit for the internship and there are a couple of options available. Please speak with the postgraduate coordinator to discuss what will work best for you.

Who should apply?

The program is open to third or fourth year undergraduate students or postgraduate students who have completed, or will complete, a US Studies Centre unit. Dual degree students such as Arts/Commerce, Arts/Science, etc are especially encouraged to apply. As part of your application, please specify what quantitative, qualitative and other research skills you would bring to this position.

Visit our undergraduate units of study page or postgraduate units of study page to explore what units you can take to be eligible.


Applications for 2018 internships will open soon.