From internship to work, what it’s all about at City of Burnside
The City of Burnside lists a number of reasons why it takes Navitas’ young professionals on three-month internships, among which is staff development.
“We have found that all of our interns embrace the training and like to absorb as much information as possible and require only the normal training time/sessions like any new employee would,” said Coordinator, Rates and Finance, Ms Janice van der Pennen.
“This also provides opportunities and experience for our staff to undertake mentoring, training, supervising interns throughout the three month placement,” she added.
In Adelaide, ASX Top 100 Company Navitas provides a bridging program which helps young professionals cross the divide between what they’ve learnt at university and the expectations of the workforce.
Ms van der Pennen said the council has been very impressed with the quality of interns it’s offered placements to.
“Burnside aims to provide an opportunity for Navitas young professionals to experience how a busy office environment and organisation culture operates. All of our interns have been professional, eager to learn, willing to tackle any task thrown at them,” she continued.
Sven Liu (pictured, left) and Susan Su (right) are two young accounting and finance professionals who have been placed in the council to date, although there are hopes for expansion into engineering in the future.
And Mr Liu’s experience has been so good he was offered a three-month contract, covering a position while staff were on extended leave.
Ms van der Pennen encouraged other councils to look at the Navitas Professional Year Program.
“I would highly recommend other councils to provide opportunities to Navitas’ professional interns.
“This has been a beneficial experience for both Burnside Council and our professional interns that have worked with us.
“Our interns become a very important member of our team and it is always hard to see them leave, however we have seen many of our previous interns succeed to secure fulltime employment elsewhere,” she concluded.
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