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Being able to perform well in an interview is a skill that you can learn. With the right preparation and knowledge, you can avoid the mistakes that can cost you an internship.

1. Lack of Research
It is a great idea to research questions that are commonly asked before the interview, particularly industry specific questions. This gives you the opportunity to do a mock interview with a friend or write out dot point responses to anticipated questions.

You should research the company’s services, staff and if you can, get an idea of their client basis. It can help if you get to know your interviewers by researching their position, and if they have any specialisations. If you happen to want to specialise in the same area you could mention your interest in that subject if it is appropriate.


2. Arriving late or too early
The ideal time to turn up for your interview is 10-15 minutes before the start time. If you arrive too late, it will seem like you have poor time management skills, and that you do not value the opportunity you were offered. Alternatively, if you arrive too early it can be a hindrance for your interviewer as you may catch them unprepared. If you find yourself arriving too early, you can fill in time by going for a walk or studying your prepared answers in a café.


3. Poor presentation
It can be difficult to try to gauge a dress code before an interview, so if you are unsure, try to dress on the more professional side. Ensure that your clothes are clean, ironed and free of stains. Make sure that you are well groomed with your hair neat and tidy. You need to present your best self.


4. No Resume
Interviewers often have their own copy of your resume. However, if you do bring one you will look organised and leave a good first impression.


5. No Questions to Ask the Interviewer
Interviewers often ask at the end of the interview if you have any questions. This is a great opportunity for you to show that you are interested in their company and have done your research. If you cannot think of any questions on the spot it is good to have a few prepared for example:

What qualities would your ideal candidate have? This question can allow you to respond with how you have these qualities)

What is the workplace culture like here? This can allow you to respond with a reason why you would fit in well in the workplace culture


6. Worrying too much
Often if you find yourself stressing it can hinder your ability to think and speak. Just remember that all you can do is try to prepare yourself as much as you can, and not to worry about factors that you cannot control. You may find that if you prepare well with the above pointers you will be able to perform better as you will feel ready. If you are nervous remember to speak slowly as your responses will sound more considered and you will have more time to think. Do not be afraid to pause before answering, your interviewer will appreciate a thought out response rather than an aimless ramble. If you are unclear on what they are asking, try asking clarifying questions so you can directly answer their question.

If you take on these 6 points into your interview preparation, you will be in a good position to present yourself. Good luck!


When Does DAYLIGHT SAVINGS (DST) start and end in Australia?  Daylight Saving Time (DST) is used in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria. It starts the 1st Sunday of October and ends the 1st Sunday of April.   Which States and Territories Don't Use DST?  Western Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory don't use DST.  Daylight savings will run until 7 April 2019 where the clocks will turn back.

When Does DAYLIGHT SAVINGS (DST) start and end in Australia?
Daylight Saving Time (DST) is used in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria. It starts the 1st Sunday of October and ends the 1st Sunday of April.

Which States and Territories Don't Use DST?
Western Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory don't use DST.

Daylight savings will run until 7 April 2019 where the clocks will turn back.

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1 October 1850

Australia's first university, the University of Sydney, is founded

3 October 1935

The Australian/New Zealand dessert, the pavlova, is named after ballerina Anna Pavlova

5 October 1789

Australia's first ferry service begins operation

6 October 1862

Australia's first zoo opens in Melbourne.

9 October 1957

The final major British atomic bomb test is conducted at the remote South Australian site of Maralinga.

13 October 1933

Australia's first traffic lights begin operating in Sydney.

16 October 1837

The first group of German migrants arrives in the new colony of South Australia.

20 October 1973

The Sydney Opera House is formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

26 October 1985

The Australian Government returns ownership of Uluru to the traditional owners


Noah Reape

Age: 22

Field: Marketing

City: Melbourne

Nationality: American    

Why did you choose to complete an Internship?

My university (Drexel) back in the states is not your standard 4-year university with 2 semesters each year. It is a 5-year university built in with 6-month co-operative education opportunities in the form of working internships in our specified field of study. As this past spring and current summer was my 3rd and final co-op cycle, I wanted to do something different and challenge myself in new ways by deciding to do my final cycle abroad in Ireland for the spring and here in Melbourne for the summer.


What have you learned the most during your internship?

I have worked on an array of projects in the past few weeks mostly with website mockups and updates as well as contributing articles. I have learned the most about creating ads and campaigns with digital marketing tools such as google adwords and analyzing company website statistics.

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

Australian Internships was helpful every step of the way in the process leading up to coming here. Consistent contact was very helpful and I didn’t feel at any point in the process leading up that I wasn’t “in the know”.


What have you learned the most during your internship?

I enjoy how different it is and how it’s not that different at the same time. There are quite a few similarities of big city living here and back in Philadelphia in the States as well. 

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

My advice for future interns is to get out and explore the city you are in as much as you can on the weekends. Here in Melbourne, it is super easy to navigate around anywhere via train, tram or just walking.





My name is Joy.  I am the Internship Program Supervisor at the Australian Internship.  I have lived and worked in different parts of the world with multi nationalities and cultures for quite a number of years.  Most of those years have been in the field of Education.  I enjoy meeting with people from different backgrounds and cultures.   When I am not working, I like to travel, being outdoors.

How would you describe your work?

My role as an Internship Program Supervisor is to provide support to all our interns.  That includes very close communication with my interns, assisting them with their enquiries.  Most importantly, to ensure smooth preparation for their journey to their internship program and throughout the internship experience. 

What do you like the most about your work?

I think the most rewarding moment for me is when I see my intern has been excelled in their internship.  I get inspired when they share how much they enjoy their experience and getting the most out of their particular trainings. 

Your message to the interns?

To take charge of their internship and be confidence when they face challenges.  The more you put into it and the more you will be gained from the experience.  Taking on the learning mode as you take this internship as a stepping stone for future endeavours  

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Sculptures by the Sea


Take in the sights as the annual Sculpture By The Sea exhibition returns to Bondi this month. Walk along the Bondi to Coogee coastal track between Bondi Beach and Tamarama to discover over 100 sculptures by international and homegrown artists. Great for art lovers, visit the exhibition to get one-of-a-kind ocean views of Bondi’s iconic coastline.

Find more information here.



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Don your dirndl and lederhosen and get to the Brisbane Showgrounds to take part in Oktoberfest. Indulge in tradition and try bratwurst, pork knuckles, and Black Forest cake with a side of German-brewed beer.

Find more information here.





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 International Arts Festival


This year, Melbourne International Arts Festival will be celebrating the very best in both international and local dance, theatre, circus, music, visual arts and much more.

Find more information here.


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Fashion Festival

The Adelaide Fashion Festival is South Australia's premiere fashion festival. Highlighting Adelaide's dynamic creative industries against a backdrop of the city's vibrant venues and fashion precincts, the Adelaide Fashion Festival is bold, original, progressive and inspired.

Find more information here.

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Great Ocean Road


The Great Ocean Road is listed as an Australian National Heritage, it is 243 kilometres stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world's largest war memorial. You can witness the rugged splendour of the famous 12 Apostles, magnificent rock stacks that rise up from the Southern Ocean on Victoria's dramatic coastline. Have a ride and walk along the coastline. 


Phillip Island Nature Parks


Phillip Island is renowned as one of the most consistent and varied surf locations in Australia. It is only 90 minutes from Melbourne. Phillip Island is a unique, world– class destination, with a rich surfing history and a wave for all kinds of weather and abilities. You can see little penguins going home from the beach in Penguin Parade. The Nature Parks provides numerous coastal and bushland walks across Phillip Island, traversing breathtaking beaches, woodlands and wetlands.


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