Alternatives to an internship – volunteering abroad, clubs and industry projects
Now you know everything about internships, what else is available? We present other ways to bridge the gap from the classroom to the workplace. From starting a business to getting the most out of clubs and societies, we have you covered.
An internship is not right for everyone and in this penultimate episode of Starting Somewhere we present the alternatives.
Staying within the structure of the university you can still get a load of great experience; industry projects, exchange study or placements abroad. We also talk to Global Consulting Group, a student led consultancy that is doing really interesting work with nonprofits and Australian Volunteers International and their US equivalent, the PeaceCorps speak volunteering abroad and getting out of your comfort zone. We explore how employers see these alternatives and how you can package it on your CV. Just another way to get started somewhere.
If you have had an alternative to an internship that has worked out well (or not!), we would love to hear them. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of the companies and websites we mentioned in this episode:
- PeaceCorps (USA): https://www.peacecorps.gov/
- University of Melbourne Biotechnology Industry Projects: https://science.unimelb.edu.au/engage/industry/internships-and-industry-projects
- Australian Volunteers International: https://www.australianvolunteers.com/stories/
- Returned Australian Volunteer Network: https://www.australianvolunteers.com/returned-australian-volunteer-network/
- The Impact of Unpaid Internships on Career Development – NACE report: http://www.naceweb.org/job-market/internships/the-impact-of-unpaid-internships-on-career-development/
- The Intern Queen – Virtual Internships: https://www.internqueen.com/why-virtual-internships-just-make-sense-gen-y
- Dodgy Internships Australia: https://twitter.com/dodgyinternship?lang=en
- Global Consulting Group – student led consultancy: https://www.gcg.org.au/
- Masters of Entrepreneurship: http://study.mbs.unimelb.edu.au/study/degrees/master-of-entrepreneurship/overview
This episodes features contributions from the following people and organisations.
- Chelsea Parish - Australian Volunteers International: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chelseyparish/
- Professor Allan Blackman, Director of Griffith Business School’s (GBS) Work Integrated Learning program: https://experts.griffith.edu.au/academic/a.blackman
- Vivian Gleeson, Business Development Officer, Burnet Institute: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vivian-gleeson-1a2390128/
- Erin Gibbs – Chief of Operations for Volunteer Recruitment & Selection at Peace Corps: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erin-r-gibbs
- Warren Frehse, Senior Advisor, Experiential Learning, Global Leadership and Employability, UoM: https://www.linkedin.com/in/warrenfrehse/
- Andrew Crain – doctoral student in the Institute of Higher Education and a talent acquisition specialist for UGA Development & Alumni Relations: http://ihe.uga.edu/people/andrew-crain/
- Lauren Berger, CEO/Founder InternQueen.com: https://www.internqueen.com/content/about-lauren-berger
- Dhanuka Nanayakkara, Master of Engineering Candidate, University of Melbourne: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dhanuka-danny-nanayakkara-44232154/
- Professor Colin McLeod, Master of Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne: https://www.findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person82179
– Episode 9
Supervising producer and
Dr Andi Horvath
Buffy Gorrilla is an award-winning audio journalist and a recent graduate of the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism programme. Buffy has been a producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) Radio National and ABC Radio Melbourne. Following a successful internship, Buffy is currently working with RN’s Blueprint for Living. She is also the producer for the Masterclass podcast from the University of Melbourne Centre for Advancing Journalism.
Ben Pawson is a communications professional that helps organisations and leaders connect to their stories. With experience across the education, arts, disability, science communication and technology sectors he did an internship in fundraising in Scotland after an MBA in France before that worked on blue chip design and marketing projects before changing careers.