15 May 2015
The Study Melbourne Internship Program is an initiative of the Victorian Department of Economic Development. It aims to provide meaningful work experience for international students in Victoria, to compliment their studies.
Monash Professional Pathways, in collaboration with Monash Career Connect, is a proud contributor to the program. In our pilot program, we are recruiting and selecting a number of Monash Indonesian students for paid internships in Melbourne over the 2015-16 summer break.
As part of the selection process, nearly 40 candidates, were put through their paces in Career Profile Workshops run over two days at Monash Clayton Campus. The candidates are aiming for selection into the coveted internships and range from second year to final year students in Business, Commerce, Engineering and IT.
The workshops replicated the experience of an assessment centre, a typical recruitment stage for many graduate intake programs.
Candidates prepared for the workshops by completing a series of online modules developed by Monash Career Connect.
The workshop then comprised a group case study exercise involving individual analysis, negotiating a group response, presenting to an assessor and completed with a reflective review session. This was followed by individual presentations to a panel of judges.
The session wrapped up with presentations from successful Indonesian executives, who spoke of the experience of working in cross-cultural environments and starting a career in a foreign country as a fresh international graduate.
The candidates acquitted themselves exceptionally well, displaying strong collaborative skills in their group analysis of the case study and delivering captivating individual presentations with great energy and passion.
Proving themselves worthy representatives of Monash University and their country, they can be proud of their efforts in the workshops. The assessors, from Monash Career Connect and Monash Professional Pathways, were highly impressed with their professionalism and potential and will have their work cut out as they decide who will proceed to the coveted internship placements.
It was a priority for Monash Professional Pathways to provide tangible learning outcomes for all participants, regardless of their further progress through the program. And the feedback shows we have succeeded, with candidates finding the group case study a new and enlightening experience in the context of their future career ambitions.
We anticipate a successful outcome for this program pilot, and hope to expand it to a wider range of candidates in the coming years.
For information on the Study Melbourne Internship Program please contact Patricia Whitney-Wall or Lisa Kann on 03 9903 8788 or firstname.lastname@example.org