Internships & Employability

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Internships

An internship is a short-term placement where you spend time with a host organisation. An internship gives you the chance to apply principles and theories learnt in the classroom to a ‘real world’ setting.

Information for students

Internships team

Internships take a number of different forms. Typically internships are 20 days in duration, with exceptions on a case by case basis within a host organisation. These internships are available by application through CareerHub or you can self-source your own internship.

Our newest kind of internship is the virtual internship. Similar to the traditional internship, students are working on real projects with a host organisation, the difference being, the host organisation is based overseas and you will work in teams to deliver the project through online methods such as Skype, Wechat and Slack.

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  • Internship

    Internships are a great way to demonstrate to future employers that you can apply your technical skills effectively in the workplace, interact positively with a range of different colleagues and clients and contribute positively to the day to day operations of their organisation with the guidance of a workplace and academic supervisor.

    • Internships are typically 20 days in duration with exceptions on a case by case basis, usually over a 10 week period (2 days per week).
    • Internships are by application only and students will be selected through a competitive process.
    • You will be required to provide a cover letter, resume and complete an online interview (at least one set of online interview should be submitted before your application is considered).
    • The Professions internship program is for enrolled, current students only.

    If successful in obtaining an internship, students may choose to undertake the program for course credit. Students wishing to take this option must have a free elective within their program. Students cannot enrol into the internship course without an approved internship. For this reason, students will be enrolled into the course by the internships team. Course fees apply.

    • Students may only take 1 internship for course credit within their program.
    • Internships run all year round to meet industry needs.
    • Most internships are unpaid.
    • Students must have a minimum GPA 4.5 to be eligible.
    I was given the opportunity to lead a small team of volunteers, instructing them on what to do, how to do it and when, which has enhanced my leadership skills.Elena Stojanov, Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and International Business); Diploma of Languages (Chinese), Interned at The American Chamber of Commerce.

     

  • Self-sourced internship

    If you have been successful in finding your own internship, you may still be eligible to take the internship course. You must obtain approval from the Professions Internship Team.

    Applications must be submitted to the internship team at least 4 weeks prior to your start date

    What we need:

    • A letter of offer (including start/finish dates, host organisation address/phone number, host organisation supervisor name and contact details).
    • Statement of duties, if not included in the letter of offer.

    Eligibility:

    • You must have 1 free elective within your program. This will usually be a general elective, however if you are looking to count this as a prescribed elective ie. Finance Elective, you must be able to prove that your internship is related to that field.
    • Your internship must be related to your degree.

    If your application is successful, you will be notified by email and the internship team will enrol you into the internship course. Course fees apply.

    Note: your host supervisor will be contacted by the internships team to confirm information that you have provided and arrange a site visit. Please ensure you let them know. Students may only take 1 internship for course credit within their program.

  • Virtual Internship

    Virtual internship

    A virtual internship is similar to a regular internship only you will be working in a team of up to 3 and your Host Organisation is not in Adelaide. The Virtual Internship gives you experience in working with start-ups and multinationals who work across borders. This is a very real and current way of working for many companies across the globe and getting experience in working in this style will be an excellent addition to your CV.

    • Projects run for 7 weeks in total and usually begin after the census date.
    • You will use technology such as Skype, Zoom or Wechat and Slack etc to communicate and share information with your team and your host supervisor.
    • While you are working remotely you are provided with a host and academic supervisor to assist you along the way.
    • Virtual internships are an elective course only. Students can self-enrol in Semesters 1 or 2. The course codes are PROF 3505 UG Virtual Internship or PROF 7505 PG Virtual Internship. Course fees apply.
    • Students enrolled into the virtual internships course can expect to be contacted after ‘last date to enrol’, at which time you will be placed in groups and allocated projects
    • Projects will commence after census date

    Places available: 20 per semester.

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  • International internships

    International internships are a great way for you to demonstrate your technical skills to future employers in an international setting. International internships can be self-sourced or found here. 

    Self-sourced:

    • Applications must be received at least 8 weeks prior to departure.
    • You will be required to report your internship through GLAS.
    • You may be requested to take part in a pre-departure session.
    • You may be eligible for funding such as OS Help, New Colombo Plan and Mobility Grants to name a few.

    What we need:

    • A letter of offer (including start/finish dates, host organisation address/phone number, host organisation supervisor name and contact details).
    • Statement of duties, if not included in the letter of offer.

    Eligibility:

    • You must have 1 free elective within your program. This will usually be a general elective, however, if you are looking to count this as a prescribed elective ie. Finance Elective, you must be able to prove that your internship is related to that field.
    • Your internship must be related to your degree.
    • You must not have completed an internship for course credit previously.

    Note: your host supervisor will be contacted by the internships team to confirm information that you have provided and arrange a risk assessment. Please ensure you let them know.

Richard Dolan, CEO, Wines by Geoff Hardy.

"Our 961% growth in export sales, and recognition as the nation’s top exporter, can largely be attributed to our wine business interns from the University of Adelaide. Yuan Yuan, our Chinese-national intern, now employee, helped us achieve huge growth in the China market. We would definitely recommend this program to others!"

Current opportunities

Economics Internship Summer 2019/2020 (Frontier Economics)

Employer: Frontier Economics Application closing date: 21 Oct 2019 Location: Sydney, Melbourne NSW Australia Frontier Economics seeks to take on a handful of interns in our Sydney and Melbourne office in the winter and summer Australian university holidays.

Media & Communications Internship (Business SA)

Employer: Business SA Application closing date: 25 Oct 2019 Location: Unley SA Australia This opportunity will provide you with hands-on experience and exposure to the diverse teams within Business SA. You’ll be given the opportunity to actively contribute and to apply your knowledge to work situations.

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Talent at your fingertips

The University of Adelaide has some of the best and brightest minds. Our experienced staff work with you to understand your needs and objectives and identify the best possible student intern for placement.

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Careers events and workshops

The Faculty offers a specialist range of careers events and workshops tailored to your discipline. Throughout the year you can attend sessions to develop key transferable employability skills, opportunities to network with a range of employers, and develop job-ready skills and tools to assist when it’s time to get applying for internships and graduate positions. Examples include:

  • site visits into organisations from different sectors 
  • industry networking events
  • panel sessions from industry experts sharing tips to young graduates
  • company culture and recruitment presentations. 

Opportunities are listed in CareerHub and in your Faculty of Professions Hub student newsletter.

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