What interns really think of their internships : 7 spill the beans
First of all, they send off their resumes to hundreds of different companies requesting an internship. In Australia, they are largely not paid, so interns are volunteering their own time in reward for hands on experience.
I once said to an intern that when they finished their University Degree that they would be more employable due to their internship and ability to attract 50,000 to a blog, than those of who may have received a better score. Experience particularly in marketing counts for something.
So, I asked some of our interns, what an internship is really like. Here's what they had to say:
Max, 28 years old
Studying Marketing at Swinburne University
"You can get exposure to lots of clients and different real work tasks that you wouldn't get in a classroom. In my particular case, I was able to work on projects with other small teams of marketers on real life businesses. It's hard work but it's worth it."
Katina, 20 years old
Studying Bachelor of Business Marketing at Monash University
"I received hands on experience that you can't get from a text book. It made me think about marketing in a different way, and stretch my skills to include outside the box marketing solutions for everyday marketing projects. It's hard work and can be stressful, but beneficial in the long run."
Elizabeth, 23 years old
Studying Masters of Management (Marketing) at Melbourne Business School
"It's a dynamic experience that enables you to put your skills into practice which is fulfilling because you are doing something of value to businesses in the real world. The negative is that you have to do certain tasks within specific time frames and that can be stressful but hugely rewarding."
Jolie, 19 years old
Studying Commerce at Melbourne University
"It's a good way to get a feel for the industry that you want to work in and understand how it works. It's hard to adjust to 9 to 5 workday but everything else is great."
Kenrick, 21 years old
Studying Bachelor of Commerce Marketing at Swinburne University
"Learning what you do at Uni and applying it to real examples helps me understand what I really want to do. I've been able to develop social media strategies, marketing strategies, write blogs, and provide website updates. It's challenging as it's my first internship, but I wouldn't have it any other way."
Matt, 22 years old
Studying Film and Marketing at Swinburne University and RMIT
"Day four, I designed a marketing app. I was thrown in the deep end and I had a choice - to start swimming or drown. I decided to swim really fast to get to the other end all within the time frame I was given. It required team work, thinking about processes and being creative."
Fabien, 19 years from France
Studying Masters Degree at Inseec
"I am working by the park and it's very beautiful. I have been working on social media calendars and it's very enjoyable."