Yanling - Accounting (Chinese)

Why did you decide to do your internship in Australia?

After graduating from QUT, I struggled to find a suitable job because I lack relevant experience in this field.  I was advised to join the Australian internship program by my friends. They shared their experience in AI with me, and they successfully secure satisfactory positions in Australian firms with the help of AI.

What made this experience unique and special?

This unforgettable experience provided me with a big picture of the operation of an accounting firm. Not only did I gain the experience on working with professionals, but I also gained a full understanding of the Australian firm’s culture and how different departments interconnect with each other. I am enjoying the work with my supervisor and colleague in the dynamic working environment.

How has this experience impacted your future?

This experience has given me opportunities to obtain professional guidelines in the field of accounting and be familiar with the Australian labor procedures. After my internship, my host organization offered me a job in its finance team. 

What was the highlight of your experience?

This experience allowed me to apply my theoretical knowledge and accounting-related capability to the real word. During my internship, I built close working relationship with my colleagues and developed my teamwork and communication, time management, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

What advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Australia?

My number one advice is that you should always try to build an effective channel of communication with your supervisors. They need to know what you are working on and what you are capable of, while you also need to understand clearly what they expect from you. If you have doubts or concerns, please take it to your supervisor only after you did your best to resolve them.

Hina - Finance (Taiwan)

Why did you decide to do your internship in Australia?

I completed my Master degree in Australia, so I want to gain practical experience in Australia by applying my academic knowledge. With this experience, I believe it is helpful to my career plan. Also, Australia provides pleasant working environment, securing employers’ rights and safety during the work. For example, we are required to obtain insurance policy in case of any risks occurring when we are working and educated to follow the codes of conduct. Moreover, individuals in workplace usually respect each other as Australia is a multicultural country, people should be treated fairly in the workplace.

What made this experience unique and special?

As an intern, I was given basic works, but I usually do further research or ask questions. Then I found I learnt more than what employers gave me. My host company gaves me significant support during the internship, allowing me to be more confident and feel comfortable to work with them.

How has this experience impacted your future?

This experience has given me several positive influences. Firstly, an active attitude is usually necessary when we are learning. If we show our motivation of learning to the employers, they will tend to teach us more. Secondly, ask questions if you are not sure how to do. Since we may do a job which is an important step in a procedure, we should take responsibility for avoiding any mistakes or unsure issues.  

What was the highlight of your experience?

Doing internship makes me more confident. Before doing the internship, I usually worried about if I can communicate with colleagues in Australian workplace as English is not my first language and I don’t have any professional working experience previously. After doing this, I found that I could interact with colleagues frequently and we usually helped each other during the work. The most important thing is to be confident in interview. When you confront an interview, you should promote all your advantages to the host companies so that they can see your personal value.

What advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Australia?

 When we do internship, don’t consider how big the host company is and choose the specific area you want, because we are in the learning stage and we don’t have sufficient professional experience, the most important thing is that we can gain valuable experience from the internship. Moreover, be confident in interview, you should show your confidence that you are better than other interviewees.

Rasindu - Economics (Sri Lanka)

"I am doing my co-op (internship) in Melbourne, Australia for a German multinational logistics company. As an intern my main tasks involve in helping the forwarding, accounting and administrative departments. I have had the chance to gain valuable knowledge and industry experience in global logistics while experiencing a new culture.

It is also notable how inherently Aussie mate-ship is prevalent even in the workplace. With an Economics major I am sure that this experience will help me gain a deeper understanding about international trade and economics."

Giorgi - Finance (Greece)

"There is always a difference between theory and practice. So, I wanted to get a practical experience in the field of Finance before starting a MSc in Banking and Finance. Furthermore, I wanted to have international working experience so I could advance my career. I wanted to see how the work is done in Australia and to explore a new continent where everybody speaks English.

I have learnt so many things during these amazing 6 month of my internship. This experience helped me to develop personally and professionally. Being intern under this program gave me the opportunity to work with very highly skilled professionals, to discover my strengths and to develop leadership skills. It gave me insight into how job should be done across different divisions within the bank and I worked on very important projects. 

The experience of living and working in Australia is priceless. If you have the opportunity never miss it. Be confident and accept the challenge. Be prepared this experience will make you to dream bigger and achieve even more."

Omid - Accounting (Iran)

"Being students we have our educational knowledge in common. What stands out to employers is those students who have also had work experience by the time they graduate. I feel the internship placed by AI, gives me the opportunity to specialize my skills in the Taxation field, which are generally required for my future career. In addition, I have had the chance of experiencing an Australia workplace culture and atmosphere."

Yue - Accounting (China)

"It is true that a University degree is not sufficient for employment now. I believe that the internship placed by AI was a good platform for me on which I could demonstrate and further develop my abilities and skills. 

The intern position is well suited to me because I really enjoy learning and working in this area. It is worth mentioning that the work environment of the Host Organization is very supportive and friendly. With the professional guidance of my mentor, I’m making progress day by day and becoming more confident in reaching my career goals."