My name is Andi Jolly and I am a 21-year-old, marketing major from the United States. I was given the opportunity through my college to complete an internship in Australia. While I was extremely excited to start this adventure, I was not sure what to expect. Sadly, I have finished up my time interning at Cairns Sharehouse and it has been an incredible experience that I would recommend to everyone.
WHY DO AN INTERNSHIP ABROAD?
Internships are a great way to gain real life work experience and interning abroad gives you a chance to be exposed to a different culture. It has been neat to see the differences in the work culture in Australia compared to the United States. The biggest difference I can tell is that in the workplace in Australia is more laid back, which I am a fan of. Also, being able to put on your CV (or resume as we say in the United States,) that you interned abroad will give you a major advantage and it will help you stand out from other people applying to the same job.
THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT AUSTRALIA
Australia is a unique country. They have loads of strange animals and a very diverse population. One thing I found interesting is that they are obsessed with roundabouts, not to mention, they drive on the wrong side of the road! (In America, we drive on the right side). This took me a while to get used to and I came extremely close to getting hit a couple of times.
Even though I speak English, there are some words and phrases that do not translate the same in Australia. Communication barriers like these can be a bit tricky, especially in the workplace. It never hurts to ask if you are unsure about something. Some of my favorite Australian slang would have to be “G’day mate,” “no worries,” and “cheers!”
MY TIME AT CAIRNS SHAREHOUSE
As a marketing major, I was eager to learn what marketing strategies Cairns Sharehouse used. Tammy filled me in on the rundown of what their business does, and she was there to mentor me during my internship. It was interesting to see marketing done in another country, even though it is very similar in the States. Everyone in the office was so friendly and willing to help me in any way they could. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to intern at.
IF YOU CAN INTERN ABROAD, DO IT
Overall, if you can intern abroad, I would highly recommend it. My time interning in Cairns was so rewarding. I not only learned about marketing, I also learned about myself. If given the chance to intern abroad again, I would do it in a heartbeat