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February 2018 is a very special month for Australian Internships (AI) as we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary. It was in 1998 when we first opened our doors and welcomed international students in Australia. Today, AI is the leading internship program provider in Australia. We have been successfully delivering internships to thousands of students and graduates from around the world and are extensively growing each year, with the help of hundreds of valued partners in and outside of Australia.

An exciting morning of celebrations is planned for Tuesday 20th February 2018, to mark the occasion with a toast.

Throughout the year we will be having promotions and special scholarships available to a number of students and partners. More information on that will be released in due course.

We would like to thank each and every one of you who helped AI to achieve this milestone!

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V1457 – Information Technology in Sydney

This is a fantastic opportunity for a HR student or recent graduate wishing to gain work experience in this industry. The Host Organisation is looking for someone to participate and help with HR projects. They specialise in luxury cruise holidays to all corners of the globe.

For more details, click here.
 

V1459 – Architecture & Design

Sydney based company specializing  in the design and construction of shade solutions to assist clients achieve functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor areas. Products include retractable roofs, awnings, shade sails and pergolas.

For more details, click here.
 

V1460 – Events Management

Part - time events role in a Brisbane based education and migration company is seeking an enthusiastic and organised individual with great communication skills to assist with their event coordination needs.

For more details, click here.
 

V1461 – Accounting / Finance Internship

Great opportunity to be involved in hands on Accounting and Finance tasks in a luxury Italian brand. Growing company, having just opened another Store in September last year.

For more details, click here.

 
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FRIXOS ACHILLEFS LIVERIOS

          

Age: 30

Field: Construction

City: Gold Coast

Nationality: Greek

 

Why did you decide to do your internship in Australia?I chose Australia so to get the opportunity to work in an innovative country and gain invaluable experiences that will benefit me in many aspects of my life. Here I had the chance to boost my knowledge in the Civil Engineering industry, and form my skills and qualifications in an integrated way. Besides, it was a unique way to broaden my horizons by getting involved with the Australian way of life, meet interesting people and discover new cultures and traditions.

 

What made this experience unique and special?
There is nothing more exciting than living and working in the no. 1 holiday destination in Australia. In Gold Coast, you always have the option to relax on the beach after a tedious day at work or why not try some surfing right before the sunset! Undoubtedly, working in a city where construction is thriving due to the upcoming Commonwealth Games, is something really special.

 

How has this experience impacted your future?
I believe that after this experience my future will be much brighter. Working and living abroad, especially in a progressive country like Australia, equipped me with important tools and knowledge and helped me master new skills. I am more than sure that this 6-month adventure will definitely help me in every aspect of my life.

 

What was the highlight of your experience?
Surely, you don’t experience every day Christmas holidays under the hot summer sun or next to the beach enjoying some ice cream! And of course you are not used to see surfin’ Santas! Or what about the unforgettable NYE fireworks celebration in Sydney? Definitely, that was a highlight.

 

What advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Australia?
Before I arrive in Australia, everybody was telling me to be aware of the fierce sun and to always use sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. My answer was: NO WORRIES! I am coming from Greece! I am used to it! Absolutely wrong. The sun here can be quite dangerous, but of course, with the appropriate equipment you have nothing to worry about. 

 

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MEGAN OFFORD - INTERNSHIP PROGRAM MANAGER

 

 

Introduction

 

I have lived in Sydney, Hobart and Adelaide and have also travelled to many countries. However Brisbane is my hometown and I truly love this city!

I love meeting new people and I love learning about cultural differences and cultural history when meeting internationals.

How would you describe your work?

My role as an ‘Internship Program Manager’ is primarily about developing and maintaining successful relationships with industry and securing rewarding placement opportunities for our interns.

As we deal with such a cross section of industries, I am in a very fortunate position where I learn something new every single day about a particular industry, discipline or profession. I spend a lot of time making sure that I understand the intern’s career objective and understanding the host organisations requirements. I work with a fantastic bunch of intelligent and professional individuals, which makes for a very rewarding and supportive working environment.

 

 
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What do you like the most about your work?

I have had a very client focussed career path with a background in Psychology and Human Services and now with 14 years of experience working in Business Development, I love finding the perfect internship ‘match’ and then hearing the success stories, particularly stories where someone has overcome challenges and triumphed!  I also love having the opportunity to work on an international stage and learning about different cultures and cultural practices. This is the most rewarding aspect and will continue to reward and benefit me throughout life!   

Your message to the interns?

Opportunity is often difficult to recognise. Keep your mind open and see the potential in everything that you do!  There are limitless opportunities in every industry and when you combine hard work, a positive attitude and an open mind suddenly doors will open for you.

 

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