The Australian Summer Internship Program


BMGT 454: Global Marketing (3 credits) & Internship Course (3 credits)

Program Dates

May 28 to August 9, 2014


Sydney, Australia


Mary Harms

Program Fee




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Applications completed after this date will be reviewed if spaces are available. The final deadline will be January 1.

Spend the summer of a lifetime with a two-week BMGT course and an eight-week internship in Sydney Australia!

The program starts with a 2-week short-term course, BMGT454 (Global Marketing) for 3 credits taught by Mary Harms, a Smith School faculty member. Site visits and meetings with Australian and multinational companies in Sydney will give participants a sense of doing business in Australia.

The course will be followed with an 8-week internship that will provide students with a first-hand look at what a career in Australia might look like and how their chosen industry works. Based in Sydney, Australia, the internship program will give students an international experience that is invaluable for building their professional development and resumes, while supplementing their current course of academic study at the Smith School.

Sydney is the largest city and financial capital of Australia, the 15th largest economy in the world (and one of the few countries that escaped recession!). Beyond the iconic Opera House, Sydney is home to many cultural institutions – not to mention some of the most famous beaches in the world.

The Course

The Global Marketing course will provide students with an understanding of marketing functions from the perspective of the global executive. Content will include: coverage of global marketing policies relating to product adaptation, data collection and analysis, channels of distribution, pricing, communications and cost analysis. Consideration is given to the cultural, legal, financial and organizational aspects of global marketing. Classroom content will be supplemented with site visits to businesses, governmental organizations, and local universities. This course will fulfill major requirements for International Business and Marketing majors.

The Internship

Students will be placed in an eight-week unpaid internship with a company, organization, or government agency relevant to their academic and professional interest.  Students are guaranteed a meaningful business internship placement, however, placements will vary based on:

  1. students' previous work and leadership experiences, 
  2. quantity of core business courses completed, and 
  3. interview confirming intellectual curiosity, personal maturity, and flexibility necessary for a successful work experience abroad.

The Accommodations

Students will be placed in shared accommodations in Sydney’s Central Business District. Each unit will include a kitchen, bathroom, laundry facilities, along with close access to bus & rail lines, cafes, shops, and internet access throughout the program.

Tentative Schedule

May 28, 2014

Depart United States. Suggested group flight will be provided.

May 29

In transit.

May 30

Arrive in Sydney; airport transit provided. Orientation activities begin, including group welcome dinner.

May 31

Sydney Walking Tour and Orientation.

June 1

Day trip to Blue Mountains.

June 2 – June 6

Class (Weekend free)

June 9 – June 13

Class (Weekend free); Group Dinner June 13

June 16 – June 20

Internship (Weekend free); Group Dinner June 20

June 23 – June 27

Internship (Weekend free)

June 30 – July 4

Internship (Weekend free)

July 7 – July 11

Internship (Weekend free); Group Dinner July 11

July 14 – July 18

Internship (Weekend free)

July 21 – July 25

Internship (Weekend free)

July 28 – August 1

Internship (Weekend free)

August 4 – August 8

Internship; Group Dinner August 7

August 9

Depart Australia


What else do you need to know?

THE COURSE PROGRAM FEE includes UMD tuition for 3 credits; lodging in a shared apartment-style accommodation; on-site support and orientation; costs for any mandatory academic and cultural excursions and/or activities; some group meals; professor and partner fees; UM Education Abroad services; International health insurance.

Not included: personal expenses, most meals, optional trip insurance and international airfare (discounted group flight information will be provided). Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa.

PAYMENT OF THE PUBLISHED PROGRAM FEE is divided into three separate charges that are collected accordingly:

(1) A non-refundable $50 application fee payable online by credit card is due at the time of application.

(2) Upon acceptance into the program, a $250 non-refundable deposit payable online by credit card is due within 10 days or less. The exact due date of this deposit will be communicated when the student is accepted. Applicants understand that when he/she pays this deposit after being accepted into the program, it is deemed to be a commitment of participation. This deposit is non-refundable under any circumstances.

(3) The remaining balance will be due upon Education Abroad's registration of student into the program. This amount will appear on the student's account and will be payable before the end of the next billing cycle. See UMD's Education Abroad's website for other Refund and Withdrawal rules.

Any scholarship monies awarded by Smith will be credited to the student's account once the charge appears on his/her account. All efforts will be made to have the scholarship monies credited prior to payment due date.