Workplace experience is beneficial for your career. But how can you nail a paid internship?
If you are:
- Thinking about doing a paid internship
- Applying for paid internships
- Looking for information on how to gain the most out of your paid internship
This blog is designed to help you. Answer these 6 questions, and you are sure to nail your paid internship.
1. Why am I interested in doing a paid internship?
An internship refers to a short-term arrangement (usually 2-3 month) workplace experience and training industries usually offer to recruit young people. There are both unpaid and paid internships, however, we recommend choosing paid internships to protect your right as an intern to earn money from your work. Some reasons for doing paid internships may include:
- You are studying and want to get career-related experience and polish your resume before you get a job.
- You want to try out working in a different industry.
- You are struggling to get a job and want to hone your skills by doing an internship.
2. What do I want to get out of it?
Here are some possible answers:
- I could learn specific skills from the paid internship.
- I could gain more connections through networking with people in the industry.
- The work experience will look good on my resume.
You should be clear in yourself about what you want, and be able to communicate these goals effectively with your interviewer/ recruiter.
3. How do I get an internship?
Some ways to get an internship include:
- Check out the websites of organisations you’re interested in to see if they run paid internships. If there’s nothing on their website, send them an email expressing your interest, and attach your resume.
- Talk to your uni or TAFE if you’re studying. Some universities have internship courses integrated into the chosen degrees.
- Go on to job search websites (such as SEEK or Pedestrian TV) and search for paid internships.
- Check out Interns Australia, which lists companies with paid internships across Australia.
4. What are my rights?
In a paid internship, you must be paid the national minimum wage or the correct Award rate. It’s also necessary to get a contract of employment outlining your roles and responsibilities, expectations and other obligations.
5. How can I get the most out of my internship?
Some things that you can do include:
- Ask your supervisor to give you regular feedback.
- Ask your supervisor for a written reference, and for permission to be called by a potential employer.
- Check in regularly with the goals you’ve set for yourself, to see if you’re on the right track.