Spring has sprung in Australia! The weather is getting warmer and we can feel excitement in the air.
We are very pleased to announce that we are currently promoting part time internships in selected fields aimed to target onshore candidates. The internships are available 20 hours per week and candidates can apply for the program under a Student Visa. More information about part time internships is available here. Contact your Marketing Representative at AI to send your candidate’s profile!
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EKATERINA - BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE
Field: Biomedical Science
Why did you decide to do your internship in Australia?
Having lived in Australia in the past I was very eager to come back to see my friends, and since I also had to do an internship as part of my university degree, combining the two seemed like a great plan. Besides, it was very important to me to gain practical experience in an international setting, because it's hard to be a part of modern scientific community without interacting with researchers from all around the world. Which is why Australia, with its rich multicultural traditions, was a destination number one for me.
What made this experience unique and special?
Although, I'm quite familiar with Australian culture, I was, nevertheless, struck by the heart-warming welcome at my host organisation during my first couple of days there. My supervisors and colleagues were always there for me: be it to help me with my tasks or for a quick chat during lunch break. All this made me feel at home and allowed me to enjoy my internship even more than I'd expected. Of course this wouldn't have happened, if it hadn't been for my wonderful IPSs at Australian Internships who were helping me all the way through.
How has this experience impacted your future?
Doing an internship in Australia not only allowed me to practice my professional skills in order to feel more confident in a lab, it also provided me with a fantastic opportunity to create a network of valuable contacts in the field that I'm interested in.
What was the highlight of your experience?
It's hard to pick just one highlight, as there are so many to choose from, but I suppose the time when my supervisors let me run the experiments for their project independently was one of the biggest highlights of my internship.
What advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Australia?
My advice would probably sound very straightforward but to my mind being proactive is the best thing you can do. Be open to new experience, embrace the change and don't be afraid to make mistakes, because this is the most efficient way to learn.
JOANNA KELLY – INTERNSHIP PROGRAM SUPERVISOR
Joanna grew up in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. She studied a Bachelor in Business majoring in Human Resource Managementand prior to that spent some time studying Education. Before working with Australian Internships, Joanna worked in the Medical and Childcare industries. During her spare time Joanna enjoys skating and sharing a drink with friends. In terms of travel, Joanna has visited Thailand and parts of Europe, however hopes to find the opportunity to travel to many other countries in all areas of the world.
How would you describe your work?
As an Internship Program Supervisor my role is support Interns through all stages of their internship. From providing interview advice and conducting mock interviews to assisting with visa applications or addressing queries throughout the placement, my aim is to ensure all Interns have a smooth and enjoyable experience!
What do you like the most about your work?
Some interns are particularly passionate about their area of work and I love knowing that I am helping them to further their experiences in something they love doing. For a lot of Interns, working in Australia or gaining overseas experience has always been a lifelong dream and I love helping them turnthat dream into reality. On top of this, it isalways heart-warming when Interns are particularly happy and thankful for the work that we put in at AI and the experiences we have offered them.
Your message to the interns?
Embrace all opportunities that your internship offers you. No matter what happens, it will be a great learning experience!
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