The most important ingredient to a successful Internship is the genuine desire to help. By offering an Internship you will provide guidance and mentorship to enthusiastic graduates who are about to embark on a successful career.
The Internship should ideally be integrated as part of your organisational goals. By purposely aligning your organisation’s corporate objectives and strategies, you will benefit through increases in productivity whilst addressing your staffing needs.
Close communication with the students is a major factor for a good Internship. This can be ensured by assigning the intern to a supervisor who will maintain close contact with the students’ progress and will respond directly to any concerns that may arise.
One of the initial steps in establishing an Internship requires the provision of a clear description of the intern’s duties and responsibilities. A well-defined set of expectations in relation to the intern’s position should be provided, and the participants should be treated as professionals in an on the job training program/role.
Why is the internship unpaid? I don’t believe in people working for free!
And we agree! Our students have invested a lot of time and hard work in their education. They understand the competitive nature of the employment market and as such are very keen to invest voluntary time to gain an employment advantage.
Some Internship programs charge the students to have their internships organized. We don’t agree with this, the Internship component of the Professional Year is offered to our students as an additional service to give them a competitive edge after graduation. Our Internship program is on a part-time basis and limited to a 12-week learning experience. An Internship is not an employment agreement; it is a learning and development opportunity. The Fair Work Ombudsman can provide you with the guidelines around unpaid work experience.
Interested in a successful internship program?
Here’s how you can apply to become a registered Host Company:
The first step is to contact us on 1300 780 520 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to get to know our Host companies and as such our Industry Liaison will organize a visit to understand your Business and culture. We will prepare an appropriate Internship plan with you and select students most suitable to your organization. Please feel free to contact us regarding ideas, concerns, questions, or other inputs you may have.