Professional work experience internships are designed to provide voluntary placements for students wishing to apply their degree-related theoretical knowledge to a practical real work environment. These short-term unpaid roles present students with opportunities to become work ready and better informed about their future career options, by exploring a variety of different roles and work environments, gaining insight learning from industry professionals, and experiencing the demands and expectations of the working world.
Kick start your experience by reviewing the program guidelines to make sure this is the right program for you. Work experience internships (WEx) are different from Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in that they provide more flexibility and diversity of experience, but do not provide academic credit or include a formal study component. You can undertake a WEx as often as you like, whenever you like, for as long as you are a student here at Griffith. To get started, search the available opportunities through our partner organisations and check the position description (PD) for details on how to apply to each specific role. Some positions are competitive and require an interview, so be sure to work on your employability skills to help you land that role!
Day one of your internship involves taking the first step to get to know your new manager, the company, and the industry in which they work. To make this easy, we’ve created a simple commencement and induction worksheet for you and your manager to complete and help set the scene. Your time spent on the internship will fly by, so setting clear expectations and goals at the start will set you both up for a valuable and successful experience. When, where and how you do the work is up to you to organise with your new boss, provided everything stays within the guidelines of the program e.g. that the internship does not exceed 30 days.
As your experience comes to a close, it’s important for you to take the time to reflect on what you did well, what you have learned, and where you could make improvements and develop further in preparation for future opportunities. Receiving effective feedback; both positive and constructive, is an essential part of this process. To help you understand your strengths and areas for growth, we’ve created a final review and development plan for you to complete. This reflection will help you to highlight how you have performed across essential employability skill areas, will outline how ready you are for a similar role moving forward, and will highlight any other key areas that your employer mentor identifies as important for your future career development.
Study Gold Coast
Study Gold Coast’s Talent for Business Growth program helps businesses create internships for Gold Coast students. Take a look at the opportunities below and kickstart your career by gaining valuable experience with a local business.