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Having a good relationship with your colleagues in the workplace is necessary but not always easy, especially for interns who have never had work experience before. Below are some tips to help you get along with your new colleagues in your internship:

1. Find a common interest and socialise during your breaks

Finding a common interest is a good way to break the ice. It could be a common favourite movie, a common hobby or a common favourite meal. Take initiative and establish a conversation with your colleagues during your daily breaks, maybe invite them to have lunch with you! It can be advantageous to know and to be known by your colleagues. However, you cannot expect that everyone in the company will be your friend. Be sure not to talk about sensitive topics or something too personal.

2. Be respectful and adaptable

Especially for interns who work in a multicultural company, you should learn to respect different cultures and be open-minded. Conflicts can stem from cultural differences, but also from differences of opinion or misunderstandings - it is best to try to discover the cause of the conflict before assuming the person is culturally incompatible. You should try to adapt to the company and local culture, and if you have an opportunity to share your culture with your team it can be a great way to interest others and make connections. However, do not force your culture onto anyone else - you must respect all cultures.

3. Show respect for your superiors

Sometimes, the most friction among colleagues is from your supervisor or manager due to high or low demands. Do not regard your supervisor as your friend and try your best to learn as much as you can from her/him. Normally, supervisors are experienced, thus interns should trust them and adapt to their training styles. Always be honest and communicate with your supervisor in a respectful and polite manner.

4. Avoid gossip

Gossip is usually harmful in the working place. Hostility is often from gossiping and complaining amongst colleagues. The best way to avoid this is to turn away when you hear it and not to let yourself get involved.

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2 November 1903

Manly Council (Sydney) rescinds its by-law prohibiting bathing in the ocean during daylight hours.

5 November 1956

The ABC's first television broadcast commences.

6 November 1861

Queensland is linked with New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia by telegraph.

7 November 1861

The first Melbourne Cup is run.

12 November 1943

The last of the World War II Japanese bombings raids against Australia occurs.

15 November 1791

Australia's first successful grape vine is planted.

16 November 2008

Today is Steve Irwin Day.

24 November 1642

Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers Tasmania, naming it Van Diemen's Land.

26 November 1855

The colony of Van Diemen's Land becomes known as Tasmania.

29 November 1948

Australian Prime minister Ben Chifley launches the first mass-produced Australian car, the Holden FX.


Erika Jallong

Age: 22

Field: Finance 

City: Perth 

Nationality: Malaysian   

Why did you choose to complete an Internship?

I chose to do my internship because I needed some work experience when I finished Uni. I wanted to focus on work solely rather than working and studying at the same time. It also gives me an opportunity to intern abroad, which will look good on my resume. 


What have you learned the most during your internship?

What I've learned the most is cooperating and understanding people with the work they do. It is one of the important factors when it comes to work because everyone's perspective is different compared to your own, which includes teamwork. This helps with problem solving and to build positive working relationships with colleagues. Hence, understanding is critical when it comes to working as you understand and get the perspective of work.

What benefits do you feel AI contributed to your internship and time in Australia?

AI has been really helpful during my time here in Australia. They have given great support to me and constantly updating with the things that I needed. Australian Internships has helped me to stay on track and be productive with work from the beginning until the end of the internship program.  It is great that AI has chosen a workplace for me without being worried about which company that I have to apply to. 


What advice would you give future interns?

I would say working in a company for the first time in your first week as a fresh graduate is nerve-wrecking yet exciting but just enjoy your time while working as much as you can. It really helps you to learn and experience new things at work and ask as much questions as you can before you work full-time. Take notes down if you think you would forget anything that is really important and be organised with your time and schedule. I think of my internship programme as an opportunity! 


What do you enjoy most about Australia?

There are so many reasons I love about Australia which are the food, people, scenic beaches, events and the environment. It is one of my favourite countries.


Tumi Kgolo



Growing up in a landlocked Botswana, It has always been my dream to study overseas, with Australia being particularly top of my list. When the opportunity presented itself, I moved to Australia in pursuit of a Doctoral degree in Clinical Neuropsychology with the University of Queensland. This big move not only meant following my passion for Psychology, but also discovering a new world of opportunities and diverse cultures. Joining Australian Internships as an Internship Program Supervisor further rubber stamped my love for interacting with people from different walks of life, and working towards my personal and professional development, and that of others.

How would you describe your work?

Joining the world of work is often anxiety provoking, as there are a lot of expectations from both the individual (intern) and the company. My role is to provide the kind of support one needs in order to get the most valuable internship experience. This includes walking through the internship process with the intern, from the moment they make the decision of joining the Australian workplace, to the time they have gained the experience and are ready to soar. Communicating weekly with the intern about the ups and downs of the workplace, as well as guiding them on the most effective strategies to ensure that they make the most of their internship opportunity.

What do you like the most about your work?

I thoroughly enjoy meeting interns from different backgrounds, cultures, religions and professions. I learn a lot through each interaction, sharing my experience with them and hearing all the success stories upon completion of the internship (and there are a LOT of success stories). Each intern I work with certainly gets me to appreciate what I do.

Your message to the interns?

It is never too late to follow your dreams, no matter how challenging things may get. With 1 foot in front of the other, run your own race, at your own pace, and you will get there in the end. Remember, “ Courage doesn’t always roar! Sometimes courage is that little voice at the end of the day that says, “I will try again tomorrow” “Mary Anne Radmacher.

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Newtown Festival


The 2018 festival will once again feature music, Eco Village, Better Read Than Dead Writers Tent, Kids Zone, Sassy Treats Dog Show and close to 300 stalls selling food, beverages, arts and crafts, fashion, bespoke products and more!

Find more information here.



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Wonderland Festival


Showcasing burlesque, circus, cabaret, music, comedy, poetry, theatre and variety shows from both international and Australian artists, Wonderland is set to take over Brisbane Powerhouse once again.

Find more information here.





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Melbourne Music Week


Melbourne Music Week (MMW) returns 16 to 24 November for a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene. Driven by its vision as a uniquely Melbourne event—it’s the only event of its type in Australia.

Find more information here.


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Summertime Sessions in the village

Enjoy free live music on Friday nights at the Summertime Sessions 2018-19 series - every Friday night from 26 October to 7 December, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Find more information here.

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Litchfield National Park


Litchfield National Park is just an hour-and-a-half drive from Darwin and features a myriad of diverse environments including rugged sandstone escarpments, perennial spring-fed streams, monsoon rainforest, magnetic termite mounds, waterfalls and historic ruins. Must do: Jump in a four-wheel drive and discover the dramatic splendour of Tjaynera (Sandy Creek) Falls, Blythe Homestead Ruins and the weathered sandstone columns of the Lost City. View the spectacular double waterfall of Florence Falls set amid the monsoon forest - 160 steps lead down to the plunge pool. Cool off at Buley Rockhole, a series of cascading waterfalls and rock holes located just 80 metres from the carpark. Visit Wangi Falls, one of the park's best swimming and picnicking spots.


Kata Tjuta -The olgas


Kata Tjuta, formerly called "the Olgas", is the second major feature and attraction of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and it is about 460 km south west of Alice Springs by road. It consists of 36 steep sided monoliths, which, just like Uluru, look most impressive at sunrise and sunset. At the end of the short walk to the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area you can sit and take in the magnificent panoramic view of the domes.


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