Recent college graduates have the rest of their life ahead of them. Why not take advantage of that freedom by launching a career abroad with a professional internship? Instead of spending hours slogging away at job applications, recent college grads can earn real-world work experience in Australia with an internship abroad. Not only does an international internship give a recent grad the chance to gain professional work experience in their field, but it also offers them the opportunity take a year to grow and live in a new country and culture. An internship in a diverse city like Melbourne will also shape a young person with rich international work experience that will give them a lifelong multicultural perspective.
After completing her tourism internship in Melbourne, Melissa said was excited by everything she learned to prepare her for her career. “This experience has taught me the values I want to keep as a business woman going into my job when I come home,” Melissa said.
Meanwhile, at her communications internship in Melbourne, Christine loved being able to earn valuable real-world work experience while living in a new culture. “I chose The Intern Group because they offer high quality internships and they allowed me to come to a foreign city and live like the locals which I really loved. I think it definitely made for a better experience.”
Living in Melbourne
Graduate interns in Melbourne will enjoy the city’s laid-back, eclectic vibe. The city is multicultural and relaxed – a great place for young professionals. Graduate interns in Australia are provided accommodations in the city’s safe Preston neighborhood in 10-square-meter rooms with private showers and bathrooms. Intern housing includes internet access, utilities, a kitchen welcome pack, linens and widescreen TVs. Housing is located nearby public transportation with easy access to Melbourne’s city center.
Australia’s Great Outdoors
Australia is known around the world for its natural beauty and wildlife. Among one of the country’s most beautiful outdoor destinations is the Great Ocean Walk, a long 104km path along the Victorian coast. The gorgeous, oceanside route includes spectacular lookouts and access to the beach. Hikers can take either short walks, daylong treks or hikes that last for several days.
As part of the adventure of living and interning in Australia, interns can visit many of the country’s beautiful natural parks. Graduate interns can explore the country’s rainforest by visiting the Great Otway National Park. Interns will be in awe over the park’s giant ferns, tall trees, picturesque waterfalls and array of bird life. Interns can also check out the park’s famous Melba Gully glow worms. For a view of the southern right whales at the nursery in Warrnambool, interns can visit Port Campbell National Park, which offers an unforgettable view of the rock sculptures of the 12 Apostles. At the inactive volcano at Tower Hill, visitors can interact with authentic Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, emus and koalas.
The Aussie Cultural Capital
Graduate interns will learn firsthand what exactly makes Melbourne Australia’s cultural capital. Both the hot live music scene and surprising cultural diversity have contributed to the city’s reputation. Melbourne is home to the largest population of people with Greek heritage outside Greece. The city also has been influenced by large populations of Chinese, Italians, Vietnamese and Lebanese immigrants.
One of Melbourne’s hippest and most colorful neighborhoods is Fitzroy. The chic, bohemian sector is bursting with personality, featuring quirky vintage shops like Vintage Sole and Somebuddy Loves you and specialty book stores like Brunswick Street Books and Polyester. Visitors can pop into coffee shops and art galleries on a lazy Saturday or Sunday. The neighborhood’s famous Bruswick Street is also great for either a refreshing beer or delicious breakfast food.
Melbourne’s hot entertainment scene is centered around music. Melbourne is known worldwide for its live music, with the highest number of live music venues in Australia. Sweaty, coolly uncouth venues like Cherry or Ding Dong lounge are ideal for catching up-and-coming talent. Meanwhile, many country, roots and folk bands play at joints like Cornish Arms and Sydney Road. The city also has its share of theatres, galleries, pubs, bars and clubs.
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Photo 3. based on Melbourne, by Steve Davidson, CC-by-2.0