Frequently Asked Questions
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- Edge on your resume
- Work experience
- Increased network
- Personal Mentor
- New challenge
- Improved language & cultural understanding
Cost depends on how many days per week and how many weeks you undertake an internship. It also depends on whether you are accepted into a paid or unpaid internship program, or whether you also require additional services such as accommodation or insurance. Finally, it depends on the company you select, so its best to contact us for more information regarding cost.
We offer Accommodation around Sydney and we cal also help you find it around Australia and in our other country locations. Follow the link or contact our office.
A valid and appropriate vise is a must. Follow the link to learn more, go to www.immi.gov.au or call one of our consultants.
Most Common: Working Holiday Visa, Occupational Trainee Visa, Student Visa, Employer Sponsorship Visa.
Follow this link to our application form.
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Where can I do an internship?
DIA host internships all over Australia with a larger focus on the greater Sydney area.
DIA also offer internships in Italy, US, Bali, Norway, UK, New Zealand and Fiji – please contact us for more information on these.
What are the requirements?
- Appropriate visa
- 18 + years
- Positive attitude
- Above 6 IELTS score
When can I do an internship?
DIA mostly have internships starting in February, June, August and November. However, as we offer customised internships, we can work towards a more suitable commencement date if that is necessary.
What are the Host Companies like?
Our Host Companies vary from small to large and CBD to rural. Depending on what you are interested in, we will find a suitable Host Company. We always arrange for interns to have a supervisor or mentor within the Host Company and it is the relationship with this person that will provide the greatest return for interns. Our mentors are trusted people with several years industry experience who often already have experience in training interns or staff. All mentors have to meet with a DIA representative at their place of work to assess the interns environment.
Why do I have to pay for the Application?
Similar to that of a university, Dream Internship require all final applications to include a fee. We receive and assess the application before we issue you the fee.
Our programs are of high quality and high value, and we are only interested to work with students who genuinely want to make an effort to succeed through their internship and/or mentoring program. It is for this reason that we find the application fee to determine between serious and un-serious candidates.
The application fee also secures you a faster handling time and we will also be able to find you an internship faster once you have become a paying client.
Remember, you the candidate are our main client, not the company recruiter, we therefore devote time and effort to you, so that we can help you find a job or internship, rather than to do recruitment for companies looking for candidates.
What’s included in the Application fee?
- Ability to formally apply
- Assessment of application, Resume, Cover letter, transcripts, current situation, orientation session, initial consultation.
- Free Newsletter and other resources
- 1 year student membership and invitation to networking events
- You become a client
What is a mentoring program?
A program that teams a student with a professional from their area of study, providing the student with industry knowledge, insight and guidance.
Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth. At Dream Internship, interns will have both an internal mentor within the company they intern with, and an external mentor from Dream Internship.
Our mentoring programs include career planning to provide you with clarity, personal branding workshops to perfect your presentation, support to gain confidence, and connections to industry people, knowledge and networks.
People often confuse mentoring and coaching. Though related, they are not the same. A mentor may coach, but a coach is not a mentor. Mentoring is “relational,” while coaching is “functional.” There are other significant differences.
- Managers coach all of their staff as a required part of the job
- Coaching takes place within the confines of a formal manager-employee relationship
- Focuses on developing individuals within their current jobs
- Interest is functional, arising out of the need to ensure that individuals can perform the tasks required to the best of their abilities
- Relationship tends to be initiated and driven by an individual’s manager
- Relationship is finite – ends as an individual transfers to another job
- Takes place outside of a line manager-employee relationship, at the mutual consent of a mentor and the person being mentored
- Is career-focused or focuses on professional development that may be outside a mentee’s area of work
- Relationship is personal – a mentor provides both professional and personal support
- Relationship may be initiated by a mentor or created through a match initiated by the organization
- Relationship crosses job boundaries
- Relationship may last for a specific period of time (nine months to a year) in a formal program, at which point the pair may continue in an informal mentoring relationship
Do I have to sign up for the mentoring program?
You do not have to sign up for the mentoring program. We do however strongly recommend it. The mentoring program is there to take participants from one level to the next regardless of where they are when they start out. Everyone needs to work on their personal development to further themselves in life and the mentoring program accelerates personal and career development for any participant.
What if I am far away and cannot attend the mentoring program physically?
It can be done over the phone for students who are in the country or through Skype. We send participants weekly tasks and resources by e-mail and check them weekly during online mentoring sessions.
Are the internships paid or un-paid?
Depending on the student’s performance, profile, background, and experience, the internships may be both paid and un-paid. Most internships should be unpaid if properly constructed. As an internship is meant to be a training program that either replaces or adds to formal education, the program should be set up so that the intern will learn practical skills they could otherwise not learn in university. Dream Internship provide learning plans, internship descriptions, support and mentoring to make sure the interns get a valuable learning experience. Intern may be given a training wage, bonuses, expenses or travel covered, meals, resources – however it should not be expected.
How long is the internship program?
Dream Internship run internship programs between 3 to 6 months, and many of our interns also book a second internship program.
How long will it take to find an Internship?
We usually tell interns that it takes 5 weeks to place them into an internship with a company, however it may be sooner. This really depends on the interns ability to get their mentoring program documents completed, or pay program fees. We will not start delivery of a program or start searching for an internship or call on any of our contacts until fees are paid, contracts are signed, learning plans are set, forms are filled in and appropriate documentation provided. If you think its taking long, perhaps you should look at your own efforts to see if you have fulfilled all requirements.