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At any stage in your career it is important to set yourself goals. These goals should be SMART – Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely. To help you get started in setting your goals, we broke each word down.

Specific – Define your goals. Make sure they are clear and precise. A great tip is to consider who, what, where, why and how you will achieve your goals. Who is going to help you achieve the goal? What are you going to accomplish? Where will it be accomplished? Why are you setting this goal? How are you going to achieve it?

Measureable – When setting objectives and defining goals it is important to determine how you will measure your goals. You should ask yourself, can I measure the outcome? If the answer is yes, you are on the right track – define how you will do this! If the answer is no, you might want to go back to the first step and refine your goal as it might be too broad; try breaking down the pieces, you could break out what you thought was one goal into multiple objectives.

Achievable – Will you be able to accomplish your goal? Your target should be reasonable and not out of reach. To help determine this, define how you will accomplish the goal – if you are unable to, it might not be the right goal to set.

Relevant – Goals you set should be relevant. They should be worthwhile, relevant and meet your needs. Is your goal consistent with your career plans or other goals you have set? If there is no relevance to your goal, is it really worth your time? Make sure your goal is worth the time you will take to complete it and that it fits with you short and long term plans.

Timely – Put a time limit on your goals. It can be long term, but place a time for different steps you will take in order to accomplish the goal. Give yourself exact dates to complete steps (day/month/year), not just approximations (a few weeks, a month) – this will help prompt you to complete your goal on time and help you with your time management.


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Australia’s first steam railway line opens in Melbourne: On 12 September 1854, the Melbourne and Hobson’s Bay Railway Company opened Australia’s first steam railway line in Melbourne. The 2.5-mile (about four-kilometre) track went from Flinders Street Station to Sandridge, now known as Port Melbourne. Built especially for the opening of the track, a steam engine made by Melbourne’s Robertson, Martin and Smith Engineering Works was the first to be produced in the southern hemisphere. The line is still in use today, having been converted to light rail for Melbourne tram services.


Learn more here.

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Shabrina Amalia

Age: 24

Field: Hospitality Culinary

City: Canberra

Nationality: Indonesian

1. Why did you choose to complete an Internship?

Internship abroad is the most valuable opportunity that I have to take. Open new chances for me to expand my skills and network, also develop my life skills such as confidence, communication and organisation.

2. What have you learned the most during your internship?

I have learned a lot. Particularly, the Multicultural working place which is all the challenges and new things that I wouldn’t find in my home country because, understanding and accepting differences in thoughts, opinions, languages and habits is not that easy, to become a good teamwork. That’s an interesting thing.

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

AI is very helpful to me for stepping out from my comfort zone and explore new areas of work to gain an unforgettable experience. They are always giving some interesting information. Shayal and Sam Sue are the best and supportive IPS!

4. What advice would you give future interns?

Be Passionate! If you could combine your passion as your work, then you will be doing your best work performance and you will enjoy doing your work.

5. What do you enjoy most about Australia?

Anything here. Food, Nature, Fresh air, Multicultural society and Safe country. Such a lovely country to live.


Samantha Sue

Internship Program Supervisor


My name is Sam and I was born and raised in a small town west of Brisbane here in Australia. I worked in the Education sector until January 2019 when I packed up and moved to the United States of America for 6 months to work at Walt Disney World. Shortly after returning from America, I started here at Australian Internships and am now assisting individuals to move here to Australia from all over the world to complete an Internship.

In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, playing hockey, reading and spending time with my family!


How would you describe your work?

My position here at AI is so unique. I build personal relationships with many individuals from all over the world and ensure that they are receiving the training required to complete their Internship successfully and gain skills and experience for their future careers along the way.


What do you like the most about your work?

I am so passionate about Education, travel and people and on a daily basis, I am able to combine these passions to do my job. My favourite part of my role is being able to build a relationship with the Interns and hear their stories, share their triumphs and assist when they require my help.


Your message to the interns

As someone who moved overseas for 6 months, I have two important pieces of advice. My best advice would be to allow yourself time to settle in, learn the role and to make friends. I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves and can sometimes have unrealistic expectations of our abilities. You are here to learn and will not gain every new skill or friend in the first two weeks. Secondly, take every opportunity to experience Australia in every aspect – from the food to the nightlife, do not pass up on any ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities. 

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Pyrmont Festival


Showcasing fresh produce at its finest, the Pyrmont Festival brings together the charm of Orange and best of the city in a two-day spread of food, wine and art.

Find more information here.



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Brisbane Festival


Brisbane Festival is one of Australia’s major international arts festivals. Each September, it explodes across the city with a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire.

Find more information here.





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Fringe Festival


Every year, the Melbourne Fringe Festival makes jaws drop and eyes widen across the city with their out-there line-up of theatre, comedy, art, music and events.

Find more information here.


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Swell Sculpture Festival

Experience monumental and memorable sculpture at the 17th annual SWELL Sculpture Festival. Set amongst the iconic landscape at Currumbin Beach, explore works of art built by distinguished local, national and international artists.

Find more information here.

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Hot Air Ballooning

For the best views of the Australian Capital Territory, take a hot air balloon flight over the city of Canberra at dawn. It is fairly unusual to be able to hot air balloon over a city, as the balloons require sufficient grassed areas to be able to land no matter where the wind direction takes them. But Canberra's open spaces and parkland area make this possible year round.


Namadgi National Park

Venture into Namadgi to discover its Aboriginal heritage. Experience wonderful birdlife, picnic and camping spots and fantastic bushwalks with scenic views. Hire a Personal Locator Beacon from the Namadgi Visitor Centre if you're going to be hiking in remote areas.

Enjoy ranger guided walks or escape into the rugged Bimberi wilderness. Horse riding and mountain biking is permitted only on designated fire trails. Campgrounds are located in pleasant bushland settings - ask at the Namadgi Visitor Centre.


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some suggestions on what to include next time!