Southern Gold Coast businesses are being urged to support the ‘100 Interns in 100 Days’ challenge, launched at the Greater Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce meeting this month.
An initiative of the Currumbin RSL, the activity is supported by Southern Cross University’s School of Business & Tourism and aims to enhance the business and tourism talent of the Southern Gold Coast via the provision of structured internship placements for local students.
The range of degrees and areas of interest of these young people include accounting or finance, human resources, conferencing and events, hotel management, restaurants and catering and marketing.
Benefits to the businesses that successfully attract an intern can include gaining assistance with projects and reports, and a fresh set of eyes that can bring new ideas and enthusiasm. Businesses that take on students from other cultures will benefit from the insights provided into those key export markets. Past Southern Cross University internship hosts have also commented on the ability of the program to help existing staff develop their supervisory capabilities, and the sense of satisfaction that comes from mentoring future industry leaders.
Several expressions of interest were received on the day of the launch of 100 Interns in 100 Days, including from Currumbin RSL, The Events Company and Sanctuary Lake Apartments. At least four other organisations represented at the breakfast are currently hosting interns including CSGC, QLD Airports, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Oculus Financial Services Group and Bleach* Festival.
This year as a result of running the Cooly Rocks On Festival, CSGC has already committed to appointing two interns to assist with the Festival and gain valuable experience in the events space. In addition to internships, CSGC supports Southern Cross University each year with the donation of two Scholarships - one to a 1st year student studying Tourism and another to a 1st year student studying Event Management.
If you would like to learn more about the process associated with attracting an intern from Southern Cross University’s School of Business & Tourism, or would like to pledge your support for 100 Interns in 100 Days, please contact Sharen Nisbet of the School of Business and Tourism at Southern Cross University, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information regarding SCU’s School of Business and Tourism’s WIL program can be found here.