The Australian Summer Internship Program

BMGT454: Global Marketing (3 credits) & BMGT357 Internship Course (6 credits)


Program Dates May 27 to August 8, 2015
Destinations Melbourne & Sydney, Australia
Faculty Mary Harms
Program Fee Estimate: $7950
Scholarship will be available!
Application Applications now closed.

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

The program starts in Melbourne 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 Melbourne will give participants a sense of doing business in Australia. 

The course will be followed with an 8-week internship in Sydney that will provide students with a first-hand look at what a career in Australia might look like and how their chosen industry works.  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.

Melbourne is a cultural gem in the south of Australia, and is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live in the world. 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.  The course will be hosted by the Smith School's oldest partner in Australia, RMIT University, in the heart of Melbourne. This course will fulfill major requirements for International Business and Marketing majors.

Sample cultural visits could include: Phillip Island, University of Melbourne, Circus Oz, Australian Football League stadium and others!

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 accommodation near RMIT University in central Melbourne. Students will be placed in shared accommodations in Sydney’s Central Business District for the internship. 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 27, 2015

Depart United States. Suggested group flight will be provided.

May 28

In transit.

May 29

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

May 30 - 31

Melbourne walking tour and orientation.

June 1 – June 5


June 6 – June 7

Organized weekend cultural activities

June 8 – June 13


June 13

Transit to Sydney

June 14 – June 15

Sydney orientation

June 16 to August 7
(8 weeks)

Internship (Weekends free with optional cutlural activities)

August 8

Depart Australia

What else do you need to know?

THE COURSE PROGRAM FEE includes UMD tuition for 9 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; UMD 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.