Read about some of our partnerships and interns’ success stories to learn why.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation has headed down the path of trialing their first Navitas Professional intern, and is delighted at the results.
ARTC was approached by the training division of Engineers Australia, Engineering Education Australia (EEA) with a view to offering a placement to a young engineer. Former University of Adelaide Bachelor of Engineering Honours student Mr Xilin Lu (pictured left) was successful in the interview process and is quick to praise the value of his placement.
“Working within ARTC, has helped me practice my technical, communication and problem-solving skills,” Xilin said.
David Ogucha (pictured right) is the Track and Civil Standards Engineer at ARTC’s Enterprise Services and he was full of praise for the professional attitude Xilin brought to his internship. “He has done research and engineering analysis to produce reports that will help implement changes in how ARTC undertakes work to control thermal stress in rail.” David said.
Following the completion of his internship Xilin applied for an available engineering position at ARTC, and following a competitive interview process was appointed the role.
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.
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.
“This has been a beneficial experience for both Burnside Council and our professional interns that have worked with us. 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.
The relationship between Navitas Professional and P&A Accountants & Business Advisers started in June 2017. Since then, a number of our students have interned at the boutique accounting practice based in Adelaide. They specialise in providing financial services to individuals and to small and large companies.
Angie Mak began her Accounting Professional Year in May 2017. After completing the 32-week course, she started her internship at P&A Accountants. Accountant Ming Tan was involved with Angie’s supervision at the firm during her 12-week placement.
Ming sees mutual advantage for all parties in the Professional Year Program that goes beyond the company’s boost to productive capacity.
“I believe the best thing about the program is the shared experience,” he said. “P&A staff contribute their professional expertise to the student, while the Navitas interns are refreshing and provide our company with a boost of youthful endeavour.”
Another benefit for this firm, in hosting interns, is the opportunities created for its existing staff to broaden their skills and to be mentors.