Current internships: Please note that due to COVID-19 and the concomitant visa restrictions, GISS will not be offering any internships until 2023. 

Many young people dream about spending some time abroad before starting their careers, sometimes even before starting University or vocational training. This is preferably combined with an internship.

What does an internship at the German International School Sydney involve?

Typically we allocate one intern in Preschool (corresponds to German Kindergarten), Primary School and Secondary School. As we receive many applications, you should be aware of the following conditions:

  • Interns at our school, regardless of the area they will be working in, must at least be in teacher or childcare training for the respective grade or better still have actually completed at least the first part of their training (1. Staatsexamen). We do not take on any trainees without a professional educational background.
  • The minimum requirement is for one term. Please refer to our school calendar for term dates.
  • Interns (from Germany) can come to Australia on a working holiday visa. This allows one to work for up to 6 months as a prac student at a school.
  • Interns from Switzerland and Austria have to apply for a 442 visa (Occupational Trainee Visa).
  • Internships are voluntary. The school can assist you with the organisational aspects of your stay in Sydney but cannot assist financially. We do not provide monetary support for living costs.
  • Traineeships at GISS are not considered a part of your formal training. After completing their internship, all prac students receive a certificate of participation.
  • Candidates should have proficient German and English language skills. 

What can you expect from an internship at GISS?

  • Extensive experience in all aspects of work in a German School abroad
  • Guidance and support from a mentor
  • A friendly welcome into an open and supportive working environment
  • Lessons taught at a high academic level with modern teaching methods
  • Working in an international and close-knit school community, intercultural experiences and knowledge of Australian culture and lifestyle
  • Working in a school with modern facilities within peaceful bushland settings
  • Working in an accredited “Excellent German School Abroad”

The successful candidates will need to organise their own accommodation during their stay. We can help support the search by publishing an ad in our newsletter.

If you feel you fit our criteria, please direct your email application to:

As we receive many applications on a regular basis, please understand that it may take a few months to offer the successful candidate a place.