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Perth, Australia

Program Description

Want on-the-job international preparation for our globalized world? Not sure where to complete your kinesiology/exercise science, hospitality management, or sport and recreation management internship? This is the program for you. In this exciting JMU program, students will be placed in an internship within one of three fields: kinesiology/exercise science, hospitality management, or sport and recreation management. The placements vary and students will work with TEAN to confirm internships after acceptance.

For KIN: Most placements will be with a local Australian Rules football team in which students will experience first-hand the sports medicine culture by engaging in numerous activities, which include helping in the performance and conditioning activities within the club by conducting various fitness assessments and interpreting results; and developing exercise prescriptions for injured athletes. Get an insiders look at a home-grown Aussie sport that dominates the country.

For HM: Most placements will be with hotels, restaurants, or local travel agencies around Perth. Students will have the opportunity to experience hospitality, tourism, and marketing all while working with colleagues from around the world. Actual placements will be determined after acceptance.

For SRM: Most placements will be with sports teams or companies/agencies involved with Australian Rules football. Students will experience sports management, membership, and marketing while engaging in numerous activities. Actual placements will be determined after acceptance.

The internships take place in Perth, along Australia's west coast, known for its wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and laidback feel. Perth is a cosmopolitan city home to a multitude of cafes, restaurants, and cultural activities. JMU partner, The Education Abroad Network (TEAN), provides customized internship placements for JMU students.

Upon arrival students participate in a short orientation that includes an introduction to Australian culture and work environment, an overview of the city and surrounding areas, and preparation for the internship. After orientation, students will be placed in a full-time internship for a total of 8 weeks (160+ hours).

Don't waste your summer, take advantage of this opportunity to get international work experience while earning academic credits!

Location Description

Perth is an ideal location for a study abroad experience.  As the capital and largest city of the state of Western Australia, Perth gives you a combination of cosmopolitan life surrounded by incredible natural beauty.

When you're not on the job at your internship, spend your free time hiking the trails of Kings Park, take a tour on Swan River, swim in its beautiful beaches or take a ferry to Rottnest Island to visit the smiling quokkas who run freely there!


Donna Sharpes | | Center for Global Engagement

Jana Walters (instructor) | | Department of Kinesiology

Reg Foucar-Szocki (instructor) | | Hospitality Management

Josh Pate (instructor) | | Sport & Recreation Management


Lodging provided in apartments.

Students will receive a partial meal stipend.

Additional Items to Consider

Program fee includes internship placement, orientation, health insurance, 24/7 emergency contact information, housing, food stipend, and in-country support in Australia throughout the internship. Airfare and spending money are not included.

While this study abroad program awards specific credits, the experience may fulfill internship requirements for other majors.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5


For SRM 482: SRM 282, SRM 333 and completion of 72 credit hours (cannot be on academic probation)

Open to JMU students only.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Interview with Program Director 

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Applications Closed.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


KIN 481: Internship in Exercise Science and Leadership (4 credits)

HM 402: Internship in Hospitality Management (3 credits)

SRM 482: Internship in Sport and Recreation Management (6 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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