Momentous Milestone for Australian Internships

Pacific Internship Programs On The Horizon

Photo from the left: Dr Bibhya Sharma, Acting Dean, Faculty Science, Technology & Environment, The University of the South Pacific, Diana van Woerkom, Managing Director – Australian Internships, The University of the South Pacific, Vice Chancellor, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Jenny Salonen – Director Strategic Engagement – Australian Internships and Oliana Nayago, Industry & Community Liaison Coordinator, Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment, The University of the South Pacific.

Photo from the left: Dr Bibhya Sharma, Acting Dean, Faculty Science, Technology & Environment, The University of the South Pacific, Diana van Woerkom, Managing Director – Australian Internships, The University of the South Pacific, Vice Chancellor, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Jenny Salonen – Director Strategic Engagement – Australian Internships and Oliana Nayago, Industry & Community Liaison Coordinator, Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment, The University of the South Pacific.

April 10, Sydney

Leading global internship program provider Australian Internships (AI) are expanding their internship offerings after momentous MOU signing’s with The University of The South Pacific (USP) and renown firms Fijian Holdings Limited (FHL), NRW Macallan (Fiji) Limited and Civil Works Solutions (Pte) Limited. AI are proud to announce that launch of the “Pacific Internship Program” is on the horizon for students and graduates eager to gain professional and cultural experience in the Pacific region.

The newly forged partnerships will enable AI to offer the “Pacific Internship Program” - a “buddy system” whereby students and graduates will be paired with Fijian USP students and attached to a local host organisation for the duration of their internship. The buddy system will see the paired interns being placed with a Fijian host organisation at the same time. The pairing of interns will offering share tasks, knowledge and learnings.

USP is the premier provider of tertiary education in the Pacific region and an international centre of excellence for teaching, research consulting and training on all aspects of Pacific culture, environment and human resource development needs.

In signing the MOU with AI, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP welcomed AI on board, and remarked that the program through the MOU brings in a win-win situation for both institutions.

The program will provide an opportunity for cultural exchange and awareness of industry challenges specific to the Pacific region. AI and USP will work together to develop a schedule for the internship and align this to the needs of the host organisation. The internship program can vary in length from 6 weeks to 26 weeks and aligns to the student’s area of study.

The local host organisations will play a crucial role in bringing the Pacific Internship Program to life. Offering the opportunity for students and graduates to gain hands on training and cultural exposure in Fiji and the Pacific region. Internships offer win-win cultural exchange and training for students while provide industry with eager young professionals hungry for learning. Local industry were eager to jump on board with the following firms snapping up the opportunity to formalize MOU’s with AI:

• Fijian Holdings Limited (FHL) is a highly successful investment company and a major player in the corporate sector that is 100% owned by indigenous Fijians. With investments in various sectors such as tourism, finance, manufacturing, properties, building & construction, media and retailing, FHL is able to provide its shareholders with great returns through a diverse portfolio. Fijian Holdings is a success story of how indigenous people in the Pacific can become successful in doing business.

• NRW Macallan (Fiji) Ltd is a subsidiary company of NRW specialists Ltd (Australia). Both companies have extensive overseas experience, particularly in developing countries and a permanent a presence in the South Pacific. NRW Macallan (Fiji) Ltd is based in Suva, Fiji and has been operating in Suva since 1968. The company was originally registered as Ian Macallan & Co. (Fiji) Ltd.

• Civil Works Solutions is a Fiji based company with international and local professional engineers, economists, land surveyors, project managers, environmentalists and technical specialists to provide services that enhances the economic and social welfare of communities.

Diana van Woerkom, Managing Director of AI shared that AI’s trip to Fiji was extremely rewarding both personally and professionally. She was overwhelmed with the level hospitality of the locals and is excited to see the program get up and running; certain that it will impact the lives and careers of future program participants.

Ms van Woerkom believes that the program opens doors for future business and the culmination of bringing together internationalization of young professionals; exchange of ideas; culture and career development.

The Hellenic Initiative Australia - Australian Internships


In June 2015, THI Australia launched its flagship Australian Internship Program to provide work and training opportunities for Greek graduates facing unprecedented unemployment in Greece.

THI Australia has partnered with more than 20 Australian companies to offer six-month paid internship positions, which represents an investment in Greece’s youth of $1.5 million. Interns receive training and mentoring, develop new skills and then return to Greece with new mindsets and capabilities based on their Australian workplace experience.

Participating companies include major Australian banks ANZ and NAB, and placements are spread across Australia in a variety of industries, from engineering to IT.

The first eight graduates began their internships in February 2016, working in companies in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. To date, 16 interns from Greece have been placed in Australian companies.

The Australian Internship Program is working in partnership with the groundbreaking ReGeneration program in Greece to select candidates for the Australian positions.

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Australian Internships Celebrates 20 Years


Two decades of quality, innovation and expertise lead to this special milestone


Australian Internships (AI) has reached an exciting milestone as the company celebrates 20 years of delivering high quality internship programs for young professionals from around the globe. 
A champagne breakfast was held on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at Australian Internships HQ in Milton, Brisbane and it was a great success! It was filled with fantastic guests, a Didgeridoo player, key note speakers from the industry, delicious food and celebration of lots of great memories in the last 20 years! 

AI is the pioneering company in the International Education and Training sector and renown as the premium Internship provider in Australia. Since first opening its doors in 1998, the company has grown extensively arranging internships for thousands of young professional every year. 
Australian Internships is well recognised as the market leader in career development programs for international candidates and pride themselves on providing students and graduates with high quality hands on training programs in the workplace that are tailored to each individual. Students can choose to enrol in one of six different programs on offer with Australian Internships also offering customised programs with many educational partners from around the globe. The programs are designed to meet the growing demand for internationalisation and offer students and recent graduates with the opportunity to transition their classroom skills into a workplace environment. 

Company Founder and Managing Director, Diana van Woerkom reflects on the company’s 20th anniversary by saying: This has been the most rewarding and interesting 20 years of my life. We started out with an office run from home and today we employ 20 staff, have offices in Brisbane and Sydney and arrange up to 2000 internship programs annually.  Our founding beliefs remain our top priority today and I believe because of that - our company remains viable, strong and growing. Our philosophy, from the beginning, was always to be non-discriminatory to race, religion, nationalities and the industries we work with.
A big thank you to the hundreds of valued partners, customers, stakeholders and friends, but especially to those who had faith in me and Australian Internships from the very beginning. We have achieved this milestone through the hard work and dedication of our staff and our culture of customer service. 

AI has built its reputation on developing and implementing innovative and creative internship programs and forging strong relationships with industry leaders and educational partners in Australia and overseas.  Celebrating its 20th birthday, Australian Internships is in excellent health – it remains the driving force that established the international internship industry in Australia. The programs continue to grow and support the demand for young professionals entering the workplace. AI compares their program to the final step before employment, and a guided entry to the workplace that offers insight for young professionals keen to really know what is required to succeed in industry.

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EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: AI finalist for 2015 Premier of QLD Export Awards!

Australian Internships Announced Finalist for the 2015 Premier of Queensland Export Awards. 

Australian Internships (AI)  is pleased to announce that we are a finalist for the “2015 Premier of Queensland Export Awards.”  The winner will be announced on October 7thduring the awards presentation dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.  

AI is a finalist in the Education and Training category. This categoryis for organisations who have demonstrated outstanding innovation and international success in the field of education and training services, expertise and curriculum including vocational training.

Di, our Managing Director comments:  “This is a wonderful achievement and would not be possible without the hard work and continued support from our valued partners and without the commitment and loyalty from our great interns over the years.”  

Receiving an Export Award is the highest recognition of exporting achievement and is well regarded amongst export industry peers. The Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards acknowledge the important contribution that Queensland exporting businesses make to the state’s economy through job creation and increased prosperity in the community. The awards are open to all exporters that meet the eligibility criteria, regardless of the sector.

AI is proud of our achievements.  We were established in 1988 to provide on-the-job training to meet international demand from universities and the government.  AI is Australia’s first internship provider and is the market leader with 17 years’ experience.  We work with candidates from 80 nationalities and 5,000 host organisations nationally. AI is an active member of numerous global education/ internships associations and we were active in establishing the Australian Internships Industry Association.

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