Announcing the Launch of Our Exciting New MBA Internship Opportunity (and how to apply)!

Published 30 November 2017

KBS is thrilled to announce the launch of our much-anticipated Academic Internship subject, MBA507 Internship. This program has recently been approved by the Academic Board, and will now be available to KBS MBA students from Trimester 1, 2018. The program is designed to bring theory and practise together so students can gain academic credit for industry experience.

Why enrol in an academic internship?

You’ve come to a Business School to further your career, and an academic internship can help you do that in several ways. Firstly, you get valuable industry experience to help prepare you for the workforce and to add to your CV. Secondly, you make industry connections that will help you find work after you graduate. You’ll already be a step ahead of other graduates, and you may even be offered ongoing work at your placement. At KBS, around half of our interns are offered paid employment at the end of their internship term.

Thirdly, the experiences you have in your industry will help you to perform better in your studies, and vice versa. Being able to apply your learning directly to ‘real-world’ situations helps you to understand what you’re learning in class. There’s nothing like testing your theory through practical application to allow the real lessons to sink in. Plus, all the evidence suggests that on average, students who do internships graduate with better pay and into better positions than students who don’t.

Ciarán Doherty of Careers Central tells us about the role Careers Central plays, and why it’s a good idea to give the academic internship a try:

Careers Central recognises the challenges some students face in finding employment. An Australian reference and first-hand understanding of the workplace is vital.

The (internship) service falls under the Student Experience team and is designed to enhance a students’ journey with Kaplan Business School and to achieve exceptional outcomes through engagement and placements. The feedback is fantastic as many Work Placements lead to ongoing employment.”

What’s involved?

As part of your Academic Internship, you will complete a 264-hour work placement during school hours. It’s 22 hours per week for 12 weeks, so you’ll still have time for coursework and any other casual work you might already have going on. You’ll be enrolled in your internship as an ‘elective subject’ under the Work Integrated Learning guidelines so that these hours will go towards your course. Get real-world experience and still get credit for it at KBS? It’s a no-brainer. Why wouldn’t you!

So, how do I organise my academic internship?

Your first step is to book an appointment at Careers Central to get assessed for your eligibility and get the process started. Contact a staff member at KBS, or email intern@kbs.edu.au. To be eligible, you have to have completed one trimester in your MBA course, and be on a passing average. Our lovely staff will walk you through your internship journey, and make sure that you’re paired with an organisation that suits your abilities and aspirations. Good luck!

With the job market in Australia becoming increasingly competitive for graduates, it’s never been a better time to start thinking about work placements. It’s also nice to have the support to make it happen. When you start your course at KBS, don’t forget to contact Careers Central to get your career off to the best start possible.