Published on April 6, 2015
Entrepreneurship interns in Australia will find inspiration at every corner while working within Melbourne’s growing start-up scene. Home to world-famous start-ups like Pepperstone and York Butter Factory, Melbourne is an ideal place to kick-off a career in entrepreneurship. With so many innovative Melbourne-based companies exploding onto the international start-up scene, why would you do your entrepreneurship internship anywhere else?
The Intern Group offers amazing roles at start-ups in Melbourne in all industry sectors. Previous interns have been placed at notable start-ups like the York Butter Factor, known for its innovative coworking community spaces and Anthill, the largest entrepreneurship magazine in Australia. Other examples of The Intern Group entrepreneurship internships in Australia include roles at Adventure Capital and Proximiti.
Participants in the entrepreneurship internships in Australia are provided a 10-square-meter room with a private shower and bathroom in Melbourne's safe Preston neighborhood, located in the northern part of the city. The apartment accommodations include internet, utilities, a kitchen welcome pack, linens and a widescreen TV. Intern accommodations are located close to public transportation with easy access to the city center.
Australia’s cultural capital
Compared to other cities “down under”, Melbourne is known for its multicultural, diverse and artsy disposition. The city boasts a wide array of shops, restaurants, cafes, venues, museums and zoos. Melbourne is also home to one of the largest populations of people of Greek decent, along with large Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese and Lebanese immigrant communities.
One of the city's most colorful areas is the bohemian sector Fitzroy, a favorite neighborhood among hip locals and intrigued visitors. It's easy to spend an entire Saturday popping in and out of little specialist bookshops like Brunswick Street Books and Polyester. Looking for some nostalgia? Check out the neighborhood's plethora of vintage shops like Vintage Sole and Somebuddy Loves You.
Straying away from Fitzroy, interns in Melbourne also enjoy the lively Queen Victoria Market during their stay, where shoppers can buy anything from fresh Australian fruits to clothing and cool collectables. To better familiarize oneself to the local history, interns can also check out the Blood on the Southern Cross sound-and-light show. The program tells the story of the Eureka Uprising, one of Australia’s most significant historical events. The uprising of the local gold miner population against the UK’s rule began a long string of civil disobedience that helped spur the granting of voting rights.
Interns who appreciate the great outdoors will have plenty to discover in Melbourne. The city's Ballarat Botanical Gardens, for example, includes 40 hectares of greenery. The gardens are divided into three sections, one featuring a Victorian style garden while the other two have open parkland. To check out local animal life, interns can't miss a visit to the Healesville Sanctuary, which is both a zoo and aquarium. At the sanctuary visitors can play and interact with authentic Australian wildlife, from Dingos to Bandicoots.
On a weekend, interns also will have the opportunity to travel outside the city, where there are even more opportunities to discover Australian wildlife. The nearby Phillip Island offers visitors the opportunity to see the impressive penguin parade, which occurs around dusk. The island also features a Koala Conservation Centre and the Nobbies rock formation.
Reflecting its diverse population, Melbourne's established food scene offers flavors from all over the world. Chinatown is great for those looking for a tasty Szechuan dish. Restaurants in ‘Little Italy’ in Carlton (shockingly) serve up the city’s best Italian. Fitzroy is the best place to find some delicious Spanish plates while quality Lebanese cuisine is best found in Brunswick. The entire city is filled with cafes, bars, restaurants, late-night dining and breakfast places with innovative and diverse menus, high-quality food and welcoming interiors. You can find just about everything in Melbourne.
Stay for the music
Home to indie music sensation Courtney Barnett, it is no surprise Melbourne has a diverse and developed live music scene. In fact, Melbourne boasts the highest number of live music venues in Australia, showcasing artists from both around the corner and around the world. Venues like Cherry or Ding Dong lounge are sure to make you sweat and welcome up-and-coming talent. For something more relaxing, Melbourne’s music-lovers check out Cornish Arms and Sydney Road, which host a number of country, roots and folk bands.
Though tech-focused, the booming start-up community in Melbourne will give an entrepreneurship intern in any sector a unique, hands-on experience working in the industry. With strong economic connections to Asia, working in Melbourne will also expose an intern to the strong economic ties within countries in the Asia Pacific region. Don’t miss out on the rich opportunities Melbourne has to offer an entrepreneurship intern abroad!
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