Simple tips to help you find an internship
Cutting through the tough Australian job market can be quite challenging for many international students. Paid or unpaid, that’s why internships are important in giving you real world experience in the industry you want to work for.
However, for many overseas students, finding an internship can sometimes be just as difficult as it is to find a job. To help your chances of success, here are some simple tips that can help you land that dream experience.
Explore and weigh your options
Australia offers a myriad of internship opportunities for international students. So take your time, assess your options, and choose what’s best for you. In addition, figure out whether it will be better to go through the internship process on your own or use an internship placement agency.
Contact organisations of interest
If there’s a certain company that you are interested in working for, search their website to see if they offer internship programs to foreign students. If you can’t find any information, contact the organisation directly through email and express your sincere interest in future openings. You can also check some online portals dedicated to helping overseas students who are seeking internship jobs.
Know your field of interest
Although Australia has lots of internships available in a wide range of industries (i.e. business, IT and engineering), it is still important to examine your interests, field of study, and other potential internship areas where you can use your skills just in case there’s no available position in a field you want to pursue.
Speak with your institution
Every institution has different policies when it comes to internships. You may want to consult your international student support staff for available opportunities in the institution. Chances are they have the resources which you may not be able to access on your own to help steer you in the right direction.
Create a resume
Now that you have compiled a list of companies and fields of interest where you will likely apply for an internship, it’s time to build a mind-blowing resume. Make sure your resume highlights your core competencies and achievements and that they are relevant to the position you want to pursue.
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