2.4.4. Are all internships created equal? Mapping the internships minefield from different perspectives 

Date:  Thursday 8 October
Time: 2:25PM - 3:40PM
Location: R4

Session Type: Panel

Chair: Ms Margaret Mitchell, Manager, Industry Engagement and Placements, Monash College (Australia)

Are all internships created equal? Mapping the internships minefield from different perspectives (1115)

In a highly competitive graduate labour market, there is a growing emphasis being placed on discipline-related work experience. Providing international students with access to relevant, fair and legal internship opportunities has emerged as an urgent issue globally. In Australia, the internship situation is far from clear cut, with many companies and providers seeking to provide opportunities to international students seeking work experience but potentially running afoul of the law. What internships are fair and legal? Compliance with the Fair Work Act is a challenge for companies hosting interns, educational institutions offering work-integrated learning, and internship providers working with international students. This panel will give voice to the experience and motivations of international students, host companies and internship providers. The discussion will be enriched by the inclusion of the labour law perspective and research into international graduate career outcomes.


Key interest area (KIA): GS&E
Sector(s): HE

Speakers:
Dr Cate Gribble, Senior Research Fellow, Deakin University, Australia
Ms Jenny Lambert, Director, Employment, Education and Training, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia
Ms Margaret Mitchell, Manager, Industry Engagement and Placements, Monash College, Australia
Prof. Rosemary Owens, AO, Professor, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Ms Nidhi Baweja, Secretary, Council of International Students Australia (CISA), Australia