Global internships: Developing work-ready graduates with a competitive edge

2019 global interns undertake the 'Asia Ready Intern Program'. (Photo suplied)

Helping to shape the next generation of Asia-Pacific leaders is a key priority for Griffith Asia Institute (GAI).  In support of 52 students undertaking a global internship during November/December, GAI Director Professor Caitlin Byrne, Work Integrated Learning supervisor Dr Andrea Haefner and Griffith Asia Institute staff developed the ‘Asia Ready Intern Program’.  Delivered across three days in Week 1, Trimester 3, the program consisted of a variety of on-campus pre-departure professional development classes covering introductory culture and language, history, economics, politics and business etiquette.

Highlights for our global interns included destination specific break-out sessions with expert briefings from business councils, and government and industry representatives, capped off with a networking event during the final afternoon.  Representatives from Austrade, Consulate-General of Japan in Brisbane, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) were in attendance, along with Emeritus and Adjunct Professors, and Griffith Executive staff.

This week, students will arrive in their destination city – Hong Kong, Seoul, Jakarta, Shanghai or Tokyo, to undertake further orientation activities prior to commencing their internship with a host organisation.  The aim of these activities is to ensure students are prepared for the experience of working and living in another country.  Students agree the program has helped equip them with valuable information and expectations:

I feel so ready and excited about the internship.  The pre-departure sessions were very good and useful in preparing me better for this experience.  I feel supported in every step which is very comforting.  Looking forward to the best outcomes!

The opportunity to intern overseas affords students practical exposure to a professional environment whilst building cultural awareness and understanding.  It also fosters friendships and networks that will last a lifetime.

Please click here for more information about Griffith Asia Institute’s Global Internship program.