Internships are one of the most effective pathways to land a professional job for career enhancement. Being an international student, it might be a challenge to find the perfect job without gaining core experiences – this is where internship experiences come in hand to build strong career orientated resumes.
Internships opportunities in Australia could either be paid or unpaid, part time, full time or contractual – this depends on the nature of the job as well as on the advertising company. These could also either be face-face (physical) or virtual internships which the potential intern would have to choose from, depending on their everyday work load, interest as well as location. It would mostly be your decision on what type of internship you would be willing to apply for.
There are many different organisations and companies that offer internships in Australia. A list of best possible internship opportunities has been highlighted below:
1. Internships and Career Websites
Australian Internships, career websites such as Seek, Indeed, Jora Local, Grad Connection are some popular ones to name a few. Once you successfully create an account in these sites, you can manually filter those internships that are inclined towards your area of interest to narrow down your options as per your feasibility. One of the most important requirements to be successful for an internship would be a good quality resume which is to be uploaded along with the application. Please refer to standard formats that are acceptable as a part of Australian professional standards.
2. Universities Post Study Internship Programs
One of the most interesting internships is one that is offered by numerous universities to its recent graduates named as “Post Study Internship” Programs. Universities staff contacts its fresh graduates and places student for an internship at their host companies for a certain amount of deposit. The deposit usually gets refunded back, once the intern successfully completes their tenure.
3.Directly approaching Companies
One of the most effective methods to grab an internship is to approach any particular company of your interest directly. All companies website have a “Contact Us” or “Careers” page. You can personally send an email of interest for any “Potential Internship Opportunities” to the management (in most cases Human Resources). Please keep in mind to look into the company and grab as much details as you can so you can tailor your resume as per the nature of the company. Surprisingly, many interns land a part time or full time job once they get selected through this process.
4. Networking/Word of Mouth
The modern era has been taken over by the world of Networking. Networking plays a crucial role in not only gaining professional skills but also equally contributes towards development of your interpersonal skills. Once you network with individuals from different backgrounds, likes and interests, it opens up pathways for you to dive into bigger aspects of your career. Especially in a country like Australia, people like to stay connected with one another and it is much easier and comfortable to make acquaintances in a professional field, this is where you can grab the opportunity to learn more about and grab any potential freelance work. There are uncountable ways to do this through either networking or word of mouth. Linkedin is one of the effective methods to network with professionals from different fields. Another way to network would be through Meetup Groups. These meetup groups are free gatherings to build your social skills, never to know, you might land up an internship or even a job!
5. Recruitment Agencies
Even though most recruitment agencies target applicants for paid employment, there are some that also look after internships. You can find uncountable number of recruitment agencies over the internet to narrow down to certain agencies that cater to internships. These companies act as a third party connecting applicants with internship companies. One important thing to note would be that these agencies might charge a certain fee for their services; hence it is essential for you to choose the right career path before consulting these agencies.
Once you have successfully decided on your interest and career area, the next step would be to choose available options and start applying. You would want to focus on your internship application the same way you would when applying for a job since both methods provide the same end result – work experience.