Hibiscus Internship in conjunction with Deakin University - 2008
Hibiscus Warehouse is proud to present the internship program it has put into place in conjunction with Deakin University. We welcome on board Michel Boon, a final year undergraduate business student, to our team here at Hibiscus. Michel has been helping our team out since August, 2008 and will remain here until the end of this university semester. Hibiscus looks forward to this new venture and hopes to gain as much from it as it hopes Michel will from Hibiscus!
Coming from a multicultural background, being half Belgian and half Indonesian, Michel has applied to be an intern at Hibiscus in order to fulfill the requirements of his undergraduate business degree. Choosing to major in International Business, coupled with his background of growing up in Indonesia has led him to seek out an internship position at Hibiscus, where we specialize in the import/wholesale/retail of Indonesian furniture. He has stated that he was interested in the area of import/export and although not 100% sure of which direction he aims to take, he was willing to gain experience in the many fields that interested him – one being Indonesian furniture.
Deakin University’s flexibility in course structure allows those with free units to undertake one of the possible two Business Internship courses. As Michel had two spare units, he has decided to use both units to undertake two different business internships – the first being at Hibiscus Warehouse.
In a nutshell students are required to research, communicate and secure their own internships. Once they have found an internship position, they are required to complete a minimum of 104 hours of hands on experience where journals are to be kept. Students are then assessed according to the reports they write up, and assessments made by their host company, the Deakin Business Internship unit chair, as well as their own self assessment.
The hope is that students can gain practical hands on experience before entering the ‘real world’ and being able to help students make decisions on what eventual field they would like to work in.
Hibiscus is delighted to have a final year undergraduate student approach them for such an opportunity. Michel is their first ever intern so it is a learning process for both parties and so far, the experience has been mutually beneficial and enjoyable. Hibiscus looks forward to the end results and is interested in the possibility of taking on more interns in the future should those opportunities arise.
For more information please refer to Deakin University’s ‘Business Internship Program’ website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/buslaw/BIP/index.php