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Australian Internships (AI) is an organization that offers a committed program to provide international students and graduates with training, work experience and cultural exchange. We offer a range of comprehensive internship programs in almost all academic disciplines. AI‘s programs are customized to meet each candidate’s academic and professional needs.

AI works with over 4,500 host organizations which range from larger multinational companies to smaller boutique businesses. We provide a range of support services including orientations, on site supervision, visa sponsorship, insurance, accommodation, discount travel and tours, weekly monitoring and much more!

Highlights
  • Intern with the best! AI is the market leader in internship programs: AI is recognized as the preferred internship program for most leading Australian Universities. With more than 17 years experience, we are proud to be the industry b
  • Commitment to service: In addition to an internship placement with an Australian company, you will also receive a complete program and services that are second to none! Each intern will be allocated to an Internship Program Supervisor (IP
  • Tailored international internships that will boost your career: AIs programs are unique as their main focus is in identifying and securing the best possible internship for the applicant while taking their academic background and previo
  • Live the Australian dream while internationalize your CV: Australia is a dream destination for many and there is nothing that compares to gaining international experience in your field! Why not combine your trip down under with real work
  • Earn while you learn: AI has 2 paid program options. The hospitality internship program runs from 6-12 months in leading 4-5 star Australian hotels and resorts. The stipend internship program runs for 5-6 months and offers candidates in s

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In order to qualify, you must be a recent graduate with 24 months of course completion. So base it on the number of months you've completed and the other requirements on their website, http://www.internships.com.au/programs/professional-internship/ .

Reviews

88%
based on 27 reviews
  • Growth 8.9
  • Support 8.9
  • Fun 8.1
  • Housing 8.3
  • Safety 9.1
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Tomoaki
10/10

Never ruined each and every one of days on the island!

Once I arrived on the peaceful island, it blowed me away as if it was the nearest place to the heaven on the earth. The wind was softly welcoming all guests. The ocean, which has a wide variety of unique marine creatures such as dolphins, dugongs, turtles and whales, was purifying our minds. The sky got rid of our concerns. I was more than happy to work for such an outstanding resort.

In terms of the working conditions/environment, a great amount of tasks terrified me in the first couple of weeks. They are what I have done in the Guest services department throughout my internship;
- Welcoming guests at the ferry terminal on the island and explaining them when, where and what the have to do while taking them through the reception for their checking in.
- Taking bookings for activities over the counter or phone.
- Making and double-checking itineraries and packages for group guests.
- Contacting other departments to arrange the schedule for group guests and double check with the departments a few days prior to their arrival date.
- Understanding every information and data of the island to answer guests' inquiries.

In order to handle these challenging tasks, I concentrated on observing how colleagues were doing and took some memos with standing behind them. I was getting used to the tasks in a couple of weeks and could confidently deal with any kinds of difficulties in my own way. My manager always said in the office that "If you have any uncertainties, don'T hesitate to ask anyone around you at all because, in our department, if we offer wrong information / improper services, it might develop into a crucial problem later on." We Guest Services' members always communicated and double checked with anyone working on the island to avoid troubles and unnecessary mistakes. The manager also told "Don't feel too much stress unless you make the same mistakes all the time." I have got through unforgettable experiences with wonderful people that I'll never forget.

How can this program be improved?
Only problem regarding the internship on Moreton island is a transportation to the Brisbane city. If you could give any help to reach the city, that'd be so appreciated.
Response from Australian Internships

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your program and the internship location. Moreton Island is indeed a beautiful place! You are right, transportation to Brisbane is a bit limited from the island, however barges and ferries for vehicles and passengers run daily.

The AI Team

Yes, I recommend
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Solomon
8/10

Culinary internship

Base on my experience for the last 3 weeks on the resort where i got my internship, i could say the resort staff/heads care about the employees and that they always see to it that you are safe at work and doing your task.

Yes, I recommend
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Takumi
10/10

What I learned form an internship in SYD

My first internship was fabulous and learned lots of things. Working with other nationalities gave me confidence that I can work in other countries. Inthernship aborad will totally give you much excellent experience for your future career. Just go for it!!

Yes, I recommend
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shama
9/10

Australian Internships

Australian Internship is good,
As it is not fake,during our process they always make us aware about challenges and difficulties what will be going to come during work.
About accomodation and facillities its really good and safe.
As this internship is going to give us international exposure in my CV.

How can this program be improved?
Please try to give placement in 4* or 5* Hotels.
Yes, I recommend
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Vanessa
10/10

Inspiring

It's been a beautiful journey of knowing myself, of growing up, learning to be independent, giving the best effort everyday, learning from people and from myself. Sometimes it's hard when you're lonely, living on your own, speaking a second language, dealing with unexpected situations like mistakes or unhappy guests, for at the end of the day you've accomplished so much, it is so rewarding! This is a life changing experience, it makes you a better person, you also get to appreciate everything so much (family, home, beauty of nature through Aussie's ustounishing landscapes, yourself and life itself).

How can this program be improved?
Social activies between interns (get togethers).
Yes, I recommend
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James
5/10

Co-workers behavior

To be honest i really enjoying my internship here in australia. But im not enjoying my work especially my co-workers they are lazy and taking advantage on us interns. Its say they will give me supervisory training but until now they haven't giving me that privilage. So if you ask me nows my skills development going on? I will honestly answer it or rate is 1.

How can this program be improved?
Nothing to suggest, great program sponsor.
Response from Australian Internships

I would like to encourage you to keep an open line of communication with your supervisors and colleagues at the hotel. Workplace perceptions have a significant influence on how people get along with others, specially when you are working in a cultural diverse work environment. By having a conversation with your supervisor, you will be able to raise your concerns, gain their feedback and get a positive outcome. The internship program is also about learning soft skills such as communication, negotiation, trust building and conflict resolution, so take this as an opportunity to enhance your interpersonal skills and get closer to your managers and peers.

We will be monitoring your progress and very happy to provide you with support and guidance as needed.

I wish you all the best for the rest of your internship.

Natalia Piedrahita
Marketing Executive and Project Manager

Yes, I recommend
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Patrick
10/10

The best decision I've ever made

By the end of my Master's in Australia I basically had 2 choices: go back to my country where employment perspectives were not so great (most graduates start their career with a very low -paid internship), or try and stay in Australia to build some good work experience before eventually heading back home (Australia and even more particularly Brisbane were booming at that time). I decided it would be option 2, and boy I don't regret it!

Not only AI found the best work placement I could have dreamed of, at a time when they still had to educate companies on what an internship was, but they really went beyond and above to do so. I was trying to step in the quite protected aviation industry, and they made it happen. Even more importantly, they believed in me and didn't give up, which motivated me even further to make my internship a successful one.

Seven years later I am still in Australia, still working for the same company - which sponsored me both a temporary then a permanent visa (just a few steps up the corporate ladder now!..), still loving it, and still catching up for coffee with several members of the AI team every now and then.

One thing to mention: my company (now one of the largest and preferred employers in Australia) had such a good experience with AI and my placement that they subsequently established a 'graduate trainee' program.

Thanks again guys at AI for what you did, and for doing it with your heart. :)

How can this program be improved?
The only aspect I only gave a 9/10 to is the 'fun' one. Back in '07 the team were really trying hard on this, organizing some after work parties after hours / on their own time, but I guess now the team and business have grown they could maybe coordinate or at least suggest say 1 week-end event a month (e.g. w-e to Byron Bay for Brisbane interns), especially for those coming for a short internship and not having time to make friends and figure out the best things to do in the area where they work.
Yes, I recommend
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alina
10/10

Life changing experience

I spent one year in Darwin, NT as an intern. During this period I have learnt a lot and have grown professionally. After successful completion of my internship I was offered a permanent position. A huge THANK YOU to Australian Internships for making my dream come true!

How can this program be improved?
Prices for accommodation in Darwin - it too expensive
Yes, I recommend
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Caitlin
8/10

Who knew that 26 weeks could change things forever?

Three weeks of planning and I was boarding a plane from Canada to Australia. I didn't have time to think, to change my mind. Everything had fallen nicely into place nicely- flights, accommodations, my internship. I felt assured.

I arrived in Sydney, Australia on September 10th, 2012. A day book marked in my life. From that point forward things would never be the same.

I interned in Marketing within a mid sized company where everyone's contributions were easily identified and valued. My internship was for a 26 week period. During that time I was assigned a wide range of marketing tasks- Social Media Marketing, designing brochures and ads, editing the companies website and email marketing. I took a serious interest in email marketing. I noticed many inefficiencies and quickly I was on my way to redeveloping and automating the email marketing system.

I had opportunities to gain unbelievable experience both life and professional. And today, I call Australian home :)

I want to thank Australian Internships for the great and friendly service and for finding me an internship that changed my life.

Cheers!

How can this program be improved?
Better accommodation services.
Yes, I recommend
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Jasmine
10/10

Dreams Really Do Come True

This has truly been the adventure of a lifetime and one that has changed my life forever. Moving to Sydney was the first time I had moved anywhere on my own, I was 7757 miles away from Seattle, did not know a single person in the entire continent and yet I have never felt more at home.

I was lucky enough to intern with Australian Internships itself and from the second I walked in the office I knew I couldn’t have made a better decision. The staff welcomed me with open arms and their enthusiasm, drive, and compassion quickly became extremely apparent.

I am so fortunate that I was able to intern with AI itself and get to know this incredible staff. Everyone here is truly passionate about what they do and believe in the benefit of this program. This was demonstrated by their drive to constantly improve their services which has continued to motivate and inspire me. Most importantly though, they care about their interns and I have experienced this first hand. This staff goes above and beyond always keeping the intern’s best interest in mind because they want to see them successfully improve their career opportunities and help them in any way they can.

I have learned so much in this position and gained extremely valuable experience that will be a huge asset to me in my future career and this is all thanks to Australian Internships. I have been involved in all aspects of marketing ranging from social media marketing to strategic planning. When I am asked by my friends and family at home why I love my job though, my answer is always because of who I work with. This is why I would 100% recommend Australian Internships to everyone because not only will you get to live in the most amazing country in the world you will have the best support from the team at AI who is dedicated to helping you gain the most useful and relevant work experience.

I cannot thank Australian Internships enough for this extraordinary experience and for being incredible mentors to me the entire time!!! I have absolutely fallen in love with Australia and this will always remain as the best six months of my life!

Yes, I recommend
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Thijs
9/10

Best experience of my life!

After being travelling for over 30 hours I finally arrived at my final destination, namely Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia. First impression: WOOWWWWW, this looks amazing!! The sun was shining, the weather was great, the smell of the bbq and really nice neighbours who offered you a beer straight away. Just a perfect welcome!

On Monday it was my first workday at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort. It is the biggest resort within the Port Douglas region, so I thought it would be hard to get to know everyone (350+). It wasn't, since my first day I felt really welcomed by everyone, which gave me the feeling I was part of the "big" team.

My function within the Sheraton was to assist the marketing team with its day-to-day tasks. These were:
• Co-ordinating Sales Managers in their operations
• Preparing quotes and contracts
• Support & create marketing activities
• Organising Site Inspections (planning different set-ups in various venue spaces), which required good internal communication with the responsible manager
• Promoting events (local)
• Organising & hosting social hours (invite guests to inform them about the Sheraton and sell activities that were organised by the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas)
• Social Media Marketing, mainly focused on Facebook
• Administrative work

The feedback I received from my colleagues was always positive, which encouraged my self confidence.

In this review I would like to thank AUSTRALIAN INTERNSHIPS, Brisbane, Australia for making this great experience happening! Without their knowledge en professionalism I never ever would have experienced this amazing adventure! Thank you guys for everything and because of this placement I've been living for 6 months at one of the most beautiful places in the world!! I would never forget this......

How can this program be improved?
I don't have any points which Australian Internships could change, but if there has to be something, I would recommend them to inform the student/client about the region where he/she is going to live.. What are the avarge living costs? what is there to do? Great places to visit in the area? Because we're still people from other countries who'll arrive in a country we don't know (like home).
Response from Australian Internships

Thank you for your positive feedback! Great to hear you had such an amazing experience!

The information on the destination (city) is provided with an orientation before the students arrival in Australia.

All the best for your future career!

The AI Team

Yes, I recommend
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Stella
10/10

Thank you - Really professional

I am thankful for my internship experience and to combine travelling and the ability to get to know the australian culture! I am happy to work in the field of my studies in a different country.

Response from Australian Internships

Thank you for the positive feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your program.

The AI Team

Yes, I recommend

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Australian Internships is the premier placement agency for internships in Australia. The company has 16 years of experience of helping students. AI strives to provide exciting and educational opportunities for international students and recent...