Summer - Business Administration / Education (Taiwan)

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Why did you decide to do your internship in Australia?

I won the scholarship from Trade Investment of Queensland which is called Best Semester Abroad. Working and studying in Australia has always been my dream since I love the diverse cultures and enjoy the nature. Doing internship in Australia can not only help me to develop professional network, which could be useful for future references but also have the opportunity to work with international team, that way I can learn new skills and improve my English quickly.

What made this experience unique and special?

I was very excited when I got the offer from TAFE International because I never had the experience to work abroad and especially in an international department. During the internship, I had the chance to meet the students from all around the world, helped  them with the study inquiries and learned customer service whereas it's hard to have the opportunity to work with people from different nationality in Taiwan. This was truly an unique experience for me.

How has this experience impacted your future?

The internship with TAFE has totally broadened my horizons. It has not only helped me to build a better quality on my resume, but also has grew my network. Networking is very important in the job search, and this internship gave me a great opportunity to meet many people in education field.  I enjoyed working  internationally and would truly love to come back to Australia. It is an incredibly beautiful and vibrant country that I would like to call home at some point in my life.

What was the highlight of your experience?

Meeting new students who were coming to study in Queensland was absolutely the most exciting part of the internship. I could help them with their questions and share my experience to them. I love to learn various cultures and see the passion of the students about their study fields.The opportunity to be here will be something that I will never forget. It is my pleasure to be a part of this internship program, and be a part of this international team.

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

I would highly recommend to do internships in Australia since you can learn so much from work and the society. Here are some tips I could provide you if you are thinking to do an internship in Australia.

First, always have a positive attitude. Employers like to see someone who enjoys a challenge and is enthusiastic. It will reflect positively on your work and you’ll be more likely to get a good recommendation letter at the end of your placement, which is essential when looking for a job. Second, don't hesitate to ask for help. It is okay to ask for help and seek clarification and advice if you’re not sure about something. It is always better to do this first than to make mistakes and have to start all over again.Last but no least, be creative! Have a creative idea and share with people who you work with can help you to impress your supervisor or other colleagues.  Let your team know about specific skills or interests you have that they might be able to tap into too.

ATSUKI - Business support (Japan)

I have spent 5 months in Brisbane. I have studied English at UQ, made many friends from different countries and experienced a lot of things which I cannot do in Japan, but the thing I consider the most useful and practical is Internship in the hotel. […]I would like to thank you so much for everything you have done for me. I really appreciate it. It was so nice experience and enjoyable as well!

Jose Luis - Business and Tourism (Mexico)

"I chose to complete an internship because work experience is always valuable, also, it is an excellent complement for the undergraduate degree once you finish university. The industry requires proficient professionals to overtake the current challenges and contribute proactively to the organisations goals. 

The main think I've learned during my internship is about project management, try to follow deadlines and align efforts to collaborate within a team to get the projects over the line. In addition, I have acquired industry knowledge in Queensland, since I have been involved in a number of projects aim to develop capability and skills for the tourism and hospitality industry.  The company has been such a wonderful host organisations providing me with a valuable exposure to industry events and networking, as well as work meeting with stakeholders and the government. 

My advice for future interns is: Never doubt about taking an internship program, hands on experience is always valuable for the career pathway you want, this kind of opportunities always add value to your life, since you can make really good connections, you can meet nice people, moreover you can growth professionally."

MELANIE - BUSINESS (AUSTRIA)

"My name is Melanie and I am from Austria. My target was to make this summer vacation something special and I am proud to tell you: it was the greatest summer I have ever had. I was offered an internship with this company in their head office in Sydney. They have 8 stores around Australia. Although the office is really small, this did not mean that there was not enough work. One of my tasks entailed processing online orders including sending products to customers.  I was allowed to improve my skills with communicating by phone with the stores and ensuring prompt pickup and delivery, further to these tasks I was expected to arrange a variety of quotes for necessary services which ensured all stores operated successfully.  I really enjoyed the time at the company, and found on busy days we still had time to interact and have a joke which made my working day much fun. In the end I want to thank Caroline for her patience and the great time together, I always felt welcome and that made my internship even more perfect."

NATASHA - REAL ESTATE (AUSTRALIA)

"For the past 10 months I have been studying a Diploma in Business Administration, this was the first step I took towards my goal of getting a career in Real Estate. Since then, I have been actively researching any Real Estate positions going in the area, I have researched the industry, the requirements I need and made contact with all local Agencies, to get my name out there. Recently I completed my Agents Representative Certificate, which put me one step closer to my goal. When I was offered the opportunity to undertake an Internship, I thought it would be a great chance for me to get my foot in the door to Real Estate. Living in a small town does make it a little difficult to gain opportunities like this, so I grabbed it! I am now in the middle of my third week of my 4 week Internship Program and I am loving it!

The Australian Internships Program gave me the benefit of being able to make my dream a reality. By arranging this 4 week program it really gave me a great boost towards my goal. The AI keeps regular contact with myself and my host to ensure that everything is going well."

TAMIRES - BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (BRAZIL)

"I'm sure that this experience will be great for my future, because I have grown in every way. I really can see the difference in my thoughts and this is amazing! For sure I'll go back home with a big baggage of experience! When I started with my host organisation, I thought it would be really difficult but now I know it’s possible to do so many things I never thought I could do.  I’m giving my full potential here and I feel amazing when I receive good feedback from my co-workers, which is really gratifying. This experience has already impacted my life and I’m really happy for that. I can say I’m a new person. 

The highlight of this is experience is seeing how the things work in a different country. I have some work experience in Brazil and when you put all things together, it is amazing. The basic foundation  of Finance and Accounting are the same, but the learning process is different, the policies foe each country are different and for sure this is the highlight."

Joseph - Import / Export (Indonesia)

"I wanted to challenge myself to learn more by doing the internship program. I was able to learn more about Import / Export at a higher level, no small stuff but big shipping containers! I like Import / Export and was able to work with many teams on the shipping business. One of my best experiences so far!