Sign up to host a University of Sydney intern / by Stephen Fujiwara


Save the date: 14 March,  Internship seminar

The University of Sydney is seeking expressions of interest for companies and organisations that can host a Bachelor of Food an Agribusiness intern for a period of 11 weeks later this year.

Who are the interns?

The students are in the 3rd year of a Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness. This has a double major in Food Science and Agribusiness, so students have a broad understanding of the science and technology underpinning food production and processing, as well as the business environment in which this occurs. This means that placements in both technical/production and commercial/office environments may be suitable – as we will have students who are good fits for either or both contexts.

What does the internship involve?

  • Students spend 11 weeks full-time in an industry placement. The allocated period this year is 3 September to 16 November, 2018.
  • Flexible program. Interns can carry out routine activities like other employees or be given specific project tasks within their capabilities. They can be rotated through different divisions in the business or spend the entirety with a particular team. The details of placements can vary widely, depending on what best suits the Host Organisation and the student. The goal is for students to learn about the realities of working in the food and agribusiness sector, and to develop professional skills through immersion in the business.
  • Internships are unpaid. However, some businesses choose to pay students an allowance to assist with travel and living costs, which is also fine.
  • Internships are covered by a standard agreement between the University and the Host Organisation. It contains typical clauses around responsibilities, liability, confidentiality and intellectual property. It is also possible to negotiate amendments to the agreement.
  • Students are covered by University insurance policies including Public Liability, Professional Indemnity and Personal Accident. We’ll provide certificates of currency if you go ahead with the program.

Key dates

  • Wednesday, 14 March, 1:00-2:30 pm – Internship seminar – An opportunity for host organisations to meet students and give a 5-10 min talk to introduce the business to them. Our agenda is to demonstrate the scope of food and agribusiness to students, to encourage them to be open-minded and expose them to opportunities that they may not have been aware of.
  • 21 Mar – We advertise placement opportunities to students. A placement description template is used to capture basic details.
  • 21 Mar-6 Apr – Application and shortlisting process. We are happy to work with your criteria.
  • 9 Apr-4 May – Host organisations evaluate/interview shortlisted students. You let us know if any applicants are suitable.
  • 7 May-1 June – Students allocated to placements based on feedback from interviews. Placement agreements and schedules finalised.
  • 3 Sep-16 Nov – Internship period

For further information or to express interest in hosting an intern, please contact:
Dr Kim-yen Phan-Thien
Lecturer in Food Science
Degree Coordinator, Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness