Boost your employability skills with a business internship

During your internship you'll learn invaluable on-the-job skills you can only earn through a work experience opportunity. You'll also gain industry experience that can help get your foot in the door and launch your career.  You'll be rubbing shoulders with professional, like-minded people and have the opportunity to learn from their experiences.

Not only that but you will earn credit points towards your degree, put your internship on your resume and maybe even land a real job!

Getting prepared

These steps are essential to undertaking a business internship successfully!

Assessing your

Have you completed 120 credit points in a single degree or 160 credit points in a double degree?

You must be at least halfway through your degree before you can enrol in an internship course. Some internship courses have additional prerequisites you need to fulfil before you can enrol, read the course description carefully.

The eligibility criteria is in place to ensure you have the knowledge and know-how needed to undertake an internship successfully. When you are completing your internship in industry you are not only representing yourself but you are representing your University.

Preparing your application

Have your resume and cover letter up-to-date, and refresh your interview skills.

Applying for an internship follows a real-world recruitment and selection process so you will need to have your resume up-to-date and a cover letter prepared and tailored to the internship you want to apply for. You'll also have to scrub up on your interview skills as you will be required to have a pre screening interview with the Course Convenor before you have an interview with your internship placement supervisor.

We recommend you complete the BusinessPLUS program before you decide to apply for an internship, the BusinessPLUS program is designed to get your job-ready. It's important to remember an internship placement is not always guaranteed, it relies on the strength and competitiveness of your application so it's a good idea to make your application stand out.

Applying for an internship placement

It's just like applying for a real job in the real world.

In the SONIA Student Placement System, you'll be able to see all the internship placements on offer for the Trimester. It's a good idea to look at the listing like a job ad. They all have a position descriptions and the desired skills/ attributes our industry partner is looking for to fulfil the role. We strongly recommend you choose an internship placement that fits well with what subjects you have studied as well as your career interests.

You should also tailor your cover letter to match the internship placement so you have the best chance of being successfully shortlisted for interview.

Online workplace

Part of your preparation includes completing the four online workplace training modules. It's essential you complete this online training as you need to be equipped with Health and Safety,  Manual Tasks/ Office Ergonomics, Cultural Competency Training and Cyber Security before you head into the workplace.

The training can be conducted through Learning @ Griffith. Once you have completed and passed the online training you can record it in Sonia Online.

Key dates for Trimester 2

Applications opens


Enrolment opens

7 June 2021

Trimester 2 commences

19 July to 15 October 2021

Key dates for Trimester 3

Applications opens


Enrolment opens


Trimester 3 commences

8 November 2021 to 11 February 2022

Internship Courses

Undergraduate courses
Course Interest area Credit pointsLocationStart

Business Planning WIL - 1003GBS
Business (All) 20 Logan T2, T3

Business Strategy WIL - 2012GBS
Business (All) 20 Logan T2, T3

Internship I - 3001GBS
Business (All) 10 Gold Coast, Nathan T1, T2, T3

Internship II - 3000GBS
Business (All) 20 Gold Coast, Nathan T1, T2, T3

Industry Project - 3002GBS
Business (All) 10 Gold Coast, Nathan T1, T2, T3

I-WIL in Impact Oriented Workplaces - 3101GBS
Business (All) 10 Gold Coast, Nathan, Online T2, T3

Community Internship - 3002LFC
Business (All) 10 Gold Coast, Nathan T1, T2, T3

Commerce Internship - 3000AFE
Accounting, Finance and Economics 10 Gold Coast, Nathan T1, T2, T3

Student Investment Fund - 3217AFE
Accounting, Finance and Economics 10 Gold Coast, Nathan T1, T2
Work Integrated Learning – Part 1 through 4  Accounting, Finance and Economics 40 Online T1, T2

Accounting, Finance and Economics    T1, T2

Accounting, Finance and Economics    T1, T2

Accounting, Finance and Economics   T1, T2

Accounting, Finance and Economics   T1, T2
Work Integrated Learning II  Part 1through 2 Accounting, Finance and Economics 20 Online T1, T2

Accounting, Finance and Economics   T1, T1

Accounting, Finance and Economics   T1, T2

Work Placement (Political Practice) - 3101GIR
Government and International Relations 10 Gold Coast, Nathan T1

Career Development - 3400THS
Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management 10 Gold Coast, Nathan T1, T2
Postgraduate courses
Courses Interest area Credit pointsLocationStart

Internship I - 7004GBS
Business (All) 10 Gold Coast, Nathan T1, T2, T3

Internship II - 7005GBS
Business (All) 20 Gold Coast, Nathan T1, T2, T3

Industry Project - 7009GBS
Business (All) 10 Online T2, T3

Community Internship - 7510LFC
Business (All) 10 Gold Coast, Nathan T1, T2, T3

Student Investment Fund - 7261AFE
Accounting, Finance and Economics 10 Nathan T1, T2

Internship placements examples

Each Trimester, our internship offering may differ depending on what placements our industry partners have available.

Marketing and Business Strategy:
  • Gold Coast Suns – Marketing Intern, Social Media Intern
  • Chempro – Marketing Intern
  • PCYC QLD– Fundraising Intern, Marketing Intern
  • Major Events – Marketing and Events Intern
  • Griffith University Marketing Lab – Marketing Intern
Human Resource and Government/ International Relations:
  • Sofitel Gold Coast – Human Resource Intern
  • Gold Coast Airport – Business Culture and Development Intern
  • Bentleys Brisbane – Performance Management Intern
  • Policy Innovation Hub – Policy Intern
  • Gold Coast Hospital – Human Resources Intern
  • QLD Corrective Services – Human Resources Intern
Accounting, Finance and Economics:
  • Crowe – Accounting Intern
  • Simmons Livingstone – Financial Planning and Accounting Intern
  • MBA Partnerships (GC)  – Accounting Intern
  • Griffith Tax Clinic – Student Tax Intern
  • Deloitte Access Economics – Economics Intern
  • Platinum Accounting– Accounting Intern
Hotel, Tourism, Event, Sport, Real Estate and Property
  • QLD Tourism Industry Council – Tourism and Events Intern, Tourism and Strategy Intern
  • Surfing QLD – Sport Events Intern
  • Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort –  Hospitality Intern, Events and Catering Intern
  • Touch Football QLD - Community Sport Event Assistant
  • Gold Coast Suns – Events Intern,  Sport Partnerships Intern
  • Paradise Jet Boating – Tourism and Marketing Intern

Don't wait for us, BYO your own internship!

This is your chance to approach your 'dream' business and pitch an internship opportunity to them. Once you've got their interest and go ahead, we'll help you make your dream a reality. BYO internships is a great way to assert yourself and take charge of your career trajectory.

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Student success stories

Nathan Brierley

Bachelor of Commerce

“When I was going to job interviews, I was able to draw on my Department of State Development internship experience and it helped me a lot,” he says. “The internship was the course I got the most out of at university, in terms of preparing me for the workplace. The job that I did at the Department was CG modelling, which makes up a lot of what I do for my career now.

“With the skills I learnt through the internship program, I was able to leverage that in the interview process to get the job I have now.”

Alvin Yap

Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of International Business

“I volunteered with the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games through the Griffith partnership and then when it came up I applied for an internship and was successful. I was so grateful to be working alongside people with Games experience and getting to learn from them. I learned so many transferable skills while working on the Commonwealth Games that it’s opened my eyes to what I can do after I graduate… I’d love to work on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. You can’t really learn how to become a leader from books, you have to learn from experience and that’s what Griffith Business School gives: opportunities and experiences to get better at these skills.”

Emily Hayward

Bachelor of Business

“An internship is the most important thing you can do while studying,” she says. “To stand out in interviews you have to have relevant work experience, which could be an internship, tutoring or research assistant work … Relevant experience puts weight behind your resume. Your grades prove that you know the theory, but your experience in the field proves that you understand the application and adds value to you as a future employee.”

Frequently asked questions

Why choose an internship?

How do I apply?

Who can do the a business internship course?

What's the eligibility criteria?

I don't have any electives left, can I still do the course?

Do I need to attend classes?

Are there any assessments?

Is there a program that helps me prepare for the workplace?

What course should I choose?

What support is provided?

What measures do you have in place to ensure that the internships are ethical and not just unpaid labour?

Can I bring my own internship?

Can I use my current employer as an internship?

Can I use work hours I have already completed towards my internship?

How will I fit in the work hours with my Internship Placement?

Will COVID-19 restrictions bring any major changes to what the internship experience might be like?

What is Sonia Online?

What if I can't find a suitable internship?

I've had my interview, why hasn't an industry partner contacted me back?

Can I contact the industry partner directly?

What are the prerequisites for Commerce internships? (Accounting, Economics, Finance or Financial Planning Internships)

What is the difference between Business Internship I and Business Internship II other than the credit points?

Changes to 3000AFE - Important information

I'm having trouble completing my online training modules

I cannot access evidence of my online training in GSafe for the online workplace training, please help!

What happens if I want to withdraw?

Tips for a smooth application process

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