Students can use their spare electives to complete a paid or unpaid internship with the Business Internship elective, gaining valuable work experience and skills for your future career path.
Davis McConnel and Timothy Rodgers secured their internships at Cummins and Lort Smith respectively by undertaking elective course BUSM4471.
Here’s what they each had to say about their experience.
What was the highlight of your internship?
Davis: A highlight was the opportunity to learn from and be trained by established practitioners as well as learning hard skills for a corporate job, including professional etiquette, manoeuvring through functions, aligning key stakeholders, and my project management skills.
The most prevalent highlight was the opportunity to lead a project around sourcing and attracting people with disabilities, as well as normalising it into the Cummins’ recruitment process.
Being someone with a disability, I was very passionate around this topic and very grateful for my manager, Meng Kiat Toh, that he was able to recognise this passion and trusted me to work independently under his guidance.
Timothy: To have opportunity to be involved in the setup of a brand-new veterinary clinic from late-stage development to completely operational.
This meant assisting our external vendors with setting up the network room, such as the switches, servers, and other integral Meraki equipment.
Being with the teams installing all the systems and teaching users’ specific processes required a higher level of understanding and skill that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to discover and learn without this program or company.
What are the benefits of completing a WIL placement subject?
Davis: The overarching benefit of this elective is that it allows you to gain practical experience in the workplace, whilst also having the opportunity to continue your studies at university.
Considering most organisations are seeking entry-level positions that already have industry experience, having an elective available at university that gives you this experience, is detrimental to gaining full-time employment post-graduation.