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Industry Immersion Program – Dublin and London
Become industry ready in 3 weeks! Gain first-hand international business experience, work directly with global companies and hone your professional qualities through coaching sessions, client meetings, business visits and formal pitches. Go behind the scenes and explore all these two dynamic European cities have to offer!
Our Industry Immersion Program (IIP) in Dublin and London is a unique opportunity for a limited group of students to engage in an intensive industry immersion internship over three weeks in July. This program will focus on and expose students to key academic business topics in international business and marketing while combining practical skill-building, peer to peer learning, personal mentorship, and a lot of fun!
Students will gain first-hand international business experience working directly with global companies in various stages of international development. The program is designed for professional and personal development that combines academic and practical life with business skills. Each week will be dedicated to a new client and students will work in teams to create and deliver an effective international development strategy. Not only will students learn the key skills needed to participate in a global market, they will also hone their professional qualities through coaching sessions, client meetings, business visits and formal pitches.
To round out the experience, students will get an insider’s look at international business in action in both Dublin and London by going behind the scenes and meeting industry professionals in businesses across these dynamic cities. Past program participants have visited companies such as the Google Campus in London, BP, Social Chain, London Legacy Development Corporation (Olympic Park), British Council, Crowdcube, STA Travel and The Telegraph, among many more.
“Creativity – Confidence – Leadership” – Personal skills that you should acquire by the end of the program:
CREATIVITY AND PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS: Develop your free thinking and tap into your creative thinking abilities. You will learn how to solve problems creatively, generate innovative ideas, present with confidence, lead and facilitate group discussions, work in a team and learn to professionally manage client relationships. Equipped with the latest online resources and technologies, you will learn to trust your instincts to make quick and effective decisions.
SELF-BRAND: ONLINE AND IN PERSON: “Tell me about yourself.” Do you find yourself struggling with this question during a job interview? This program includes a pre-program workshop where you will be given an opportunity to work on your self-brand and understand what is important to you. There will be challenges each day that you will need to practically solve and begin to use some of the communication tools you have learned during the online sessions. The outcome? A clear in-depth understanding of the importance of self-brand, modern workplace environments and an introduction to different sectors and industries. Learn how to nail first impressions and build a stunning professional online profile ready to blow your employers and recruitment managers away!
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Develop your emotional intelligence and improve your awareness, control and expression of your own emotions, as well as the ability to handle interpersonal relationships diplomatically. Be able to adapt your communication to different environments and situations. Manage workloads, deadlines, international time zones and work/life balance. The international business aspects involve a lot of teamwork – heightened emotional intelligence is not only key to becoming a great team player but also being recognised as a key trait/aspect of great leadership.
CONFIDENCE AND LEADERSHIP: This program involves client pitch opportunities with creative learning exercises. You will learn how to present with confidence and improve your public speaking and leadership skills. Say goodbye once and for all to stage fright and unlock your potential to conquer the world!
‘Innovative Experiences’: We are kicking internships into the 21st century! Accelerated and challenge-based learning in creative environments combines practical training with impactful work experience to make you industry ready in three weeks. Over the course of the program, you are sure to develop key employability skills, business ideas and build your professional portfolio. Whether you are headed for further education, employment or international business, this program is designed to benefit individuals from all backgrounds and interests.
Unique and Limited Opportunity: Our IIP-Dublin and London program is designed with senior undergraduate students, postgraduate students and recent graduates in mind. The program offers exposure to new ideas, networks, friends, concepts and culture, and the benefit of combining the practical with the theory. This program is also filled with exciting day and evening excursions, plus weekends off to explore the cities on your own. Experience all these two innovative European hubs have to offer!
Accelerated: Who knew impatience could actually be a good thing? We believe students and young professionals deserve the best career accelerators possible, so we have fast tracked the traditional 12-week internship program into a 3-week intensive immersion experience. Engage with some of the biggest and most well-known brands from Europe and around the world, network with top executives and high flyers from Dublin and London, get an insight into how big (and small) business is done, understand the value of branding yourself, learn valuable presentation skills, and boost your problem-solving skills as you develop creative solutions to real-world international business challenges. Become industry ready in just three weeks!
Industry Immersion: Work with real clients as you practice customer discovery, engage in customer validation and develop growth strategies, with three different European businesses, each at a different stage of globalisation. Work with real-world companies to tackle challenges they face as they plan to go international and roadblocks they’ve encountered along the way. You’ll be part of a cohort of like-minded individuals led by an industry-savvy coach.
Real International Business Experience: From market opportunity assessment and competitor analysis to international go-to-market strategy, these projects are designed to give you key employable skills for entering the competitive world of global business.
Go Behind the Scenes: Not sure where you want to go in the wide world of international business? Get exclusive access to both established multinational companies and innovative incubators for an in-depth look at different parts of the industry. Past participants on the program have visited The Telegraph, Google and STA Travel with more companies added yearly.
Networking: Practice your networking skills and be inspired by industry mentors. This program is sure to have you leaving with some great contacts and a professional experience sure to stand out on your resume!
Academic Credit: With 120+ contact hours, clear learning objectives and a final project, this program is specifically designed to fit practical and ‘work integrated learning’ (WIL) courses to suit your academic needs. CISaustralia will work with you, your University Careers Office and academic staff within your faculty to try and secure academic credit for this program towards your degree.
Draft Itinerary Note: The below schedule is a sample only. You will receive a copy of the final itinerary during the program orientation.
This program includes a total of 120 contact hours, including the Self-Brand pre-program workshop and the 3 weeks in Dublin and London.
PRE-PROGRAM WORKSHOPS: SELF BRAND (20 hours)
Develop (or improve) your self-brand and better understand what is important to you as you enter the workforce as a young professional. There will be a challenge each day that you will need to practically solve and put into practice the communication tools you have learned during the online sessions. At the end of the modules, you will understand the importance of self-brand, modern workplace environments and an introduction into different industries.
WEEK 1: MARKET DISCOVERY Get acquainted with your group in your first host city of Dublin! Spend the first week working with a client who is in their early stage of internationalisation to help them identify the best-suited market for their product or service. You will learn best practices around employing market discovery processes so that you and your group can deliver an insightful pitch to your first client.
Sunday: Arrival in Dublin; Welcome dinner
Monday: Program Orientation; Professional development; City walking tour
Tuesday: Meet First Client; Project work
Wednesday: Business visit; Project work; Dublin Castle visit
Thursday: Business visit; Project work; Networking event
Friday: First Pitch Day
Saturday: Free day
WEEK 2: MARKET FIT Work with a company that has already chosen their international target market to help them analyse the market fit and provide a report on their recommended go-to market strategy. Throughout the week, develop qualitative research skills to define the strengths and weaknesses within a target international market, as well as increase critical thinking and analytical skills by assessing competition and market opportunity within a target international market.
Sunday: Travel to London
Monday: Project Two Introduction; Business visit; City tour
Tuesday: Business visit; Project work
Wednesday: Project work; Westminster Abbey
Thursday: Business visit; Project work; Networking event
Friday: Second Pitch Day
Saturday: Free day
Sunday: Free day
WEEK 3: INTERNATIONAL MARKETING During the final week, work with a company that is already operating in a target country to help them create the best possible marketing campaign. Throughout the week, develop an understanding of the latest growth marketing tactics, learn how to generate example materials for a campaign and how to identify the best channels for the target country and customer.
Monday: Project Three Introduction; Business visit; London Eye
Tuesday: Project work; Networking event
Wednesday: Business visit; Project work
Thursday: Project work
Friday: Final Pitch Day; Farewell dinner
Saturday: Free day
Sunday: Program departure
In true digital-age fashion, you will be joined remotely by an industry mentor who will provide in-depth coaching on the 3 core concepts. The program’s On-site Program Coordinator (OPC) will also be with you throughout your program to ensure that you have a successful experience. The OPC will help facilitate workshops and project time, and will guide you through the daily itineraries in your new host cities. The OPC will be with you every step of the way!
Each week you will have an introductory session to explain the challenge and learn best practices, industry insights and techniques to prepare you for the client meeting and project. Then you and your group will have a meeting each day for guided workshops and project facilitation to ensure that your pitch deck and presentation is ready to go!
Neil Finnie, Course Facilitator An experienced entrepreneur currently working in the area of training and start-ups. Neil has launched businesses in a range of diverse industries from construction to tourism in the UK, France and Japan. As founder of Corkscrew, a training provider with a twist, Neil has been creating unique environments and programs to develop key professional skills in students for more than six years, including running workshops for MBA and MSc students. He has extensive experience in developing early stage businesses with strengths ranging from Brand Storytelling to Social Media strategy. Neil also works closely with the business school at Exeter University in the UK and IHM Business School in Stockholm Sweden.
The program includes cultural excursions and visits to a number of sights in Dublin and London, including city tours, Dublin Castle, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and a Thames River cruise.
There is an endless number of other activities students can explore on their own (at own expense), in each city and surrounding areas:
Trinity College and The Book of Kells
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
National Gallery of Ireland
Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo
Chester Beatty Library
Tower of London
St. Paul’s Cathedral
…and much more!
Dublin While Ireland is a relatively small island of 6 million people, it is packed with historical and cultural significance. Dublin, Ireland’s largest city and capital, is a culturally rich and exciting city to experience. Locals have a passion for their sports and are well-known for being welcoming with a great sense of humour.
The Dublin region is considered the economic centre of Ireland. It was at the forefront of the country’s rapid economic expansion between 1995 and 2000 known as the Celtic Tiger, a period of rapid economic growth fueled by foreign direct investment. Dublin houses the European headquarters and/or operational bases of companies such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, PayPal, Yahoo!, Facebook and Twitter.
The city has a vibrant nightlife and with an estimated 50% of the population under 25 years old, it is reputedly one of Europe’s most youthful cities! On a green note, the city has more open space per square km than any other European capital city, with 97% of Dublin residents living within 300m of a park.
London London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. With an estimated 8.7 million residents, London is the most populous region, urban zone and metropolitan area in the UK, and is the third most populous city in Europe. Standing on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans who named it Londinium.
England is renowned for its rich history, art and culture. During your time in London, you’ll be living among icons such as Buckingham Palace, the Globe Theatre, Notting Hill, Big Ben, the West End theater district and so much more!
The London Underground (subway) makes navigating this big city easy and manageable. It is the oldest underground railway in the world, and combined with London’s train and bus systems, it makes everything accessible in minutes.
Participants will stay in basic hostel accommodation and can choose between:
Shared Room: Shared room (bunk beds) with another program participant and shared bathroom.
Single Room: Single room with the option of either single or shared bathroom.
An added bonus to your CISaustralia internship is that many universities in Australia will recognise your internship and grant you academic credit. Many progressive universities recognise high-quality internships as part of an elective course, a practical experience element of your degree studies and/or a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course.
If you are interested in gaining academic credit for your internship towards your degree at your university in Australia, you should apply for pre-approved academic credit at your home university. Contact your International Office, Academic Advisor/Head of Department or Careers Office to see if this option is available.
CISaustralia will work with you, your university’s Careers Office and academic staff within your faculty to try and secure academic credit for this program towards your degree.
CISaustralia can provide a certificate of participation for every placement. Please contact us for more information.
Industry Immersion Internship placement and supervision (120 hours)
Pre-Program Online Workshops (20 hours)
CISaustralia support before, during and after the program
Assistance with travel arrangements
Accident and medical insurance (unless provided by your home university)
Public Liability Insurance
Pre-departure guide and session
Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
Flight from Dublin to London
Hostel accommodation – shared bunk or single room
On-site orientation and city tour
Welcome and farewell dinners
Networking events and workshops
Cultural excursions – Dublin walking tour, Dublin Castle, London bus tour, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Thames River cruise
Oyster Card (£5) + credit (£40) (value $60)
Membership to co-work space
CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
CISaustralia Certificate of Completion
What is not included:
Visa application costs
Optional excursions or free-time activities
Departure airport transfer
Personal travel expenses
Please note that you also need to budget for flights, visa, meals and personal travel expenses. We can provide a realistic sample of expected additional expenses so you can be fully prepared for all expected costs and budget accordingly.
CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partners.
Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.
1. Is a passport or visa required? How and when do I apply for my passport and visa?
It is a requirement of entry to any international destination to have a valid passport. It is important to remember that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months PAST your return date. To apply for a passport visit Australia Post to collect an application or learn more at: www.passports.gov.au
Passport application forms can be filled in and printed online, but not lodged. You will need to sign the completed application form in black ink and lodge it at the time of your personal interview, together with all of the supporting documentation listed on the application form. In Australia most forms are lodged at Australia Post outlets.
Visas are specific to the destination, please check with trained counselling staff at CISaustralia for further information.
2. Where will I be staying during my internship?
Accommodation is provided as part of your internship. This is often shared accommodation or a single room in a shared apartment. Please see the ‘Accommodation’ tab of the internship you are interested in to learn more.
3. Will there be other students with me in the program, and if so, how many?
CISaustralia programs are a great way to not only meet local and international students but also others from Australia on a similar intern journey as you. We often have U.S. students on intern placements through our partners in the United States. Depending on the year, intern program sizes will vary. Often flexibility is the key! If you need more information on specific program sizes, please contact us.
4. Will I be paid during my internship?
You won’t get paid but the experience is priceless. Your resume will look outstanding and you will open up a whole new world of opportunities. Professional internships are invaluable experiences, and educational and resume-building programs that will greatly enhance your employment prospects when you return home. Some universities will also offer academic credit for your internship. Check with your home university in Australia.
5. How do you match me with businesses and organisations?
Matching you to the best available internship is crucial to the success of the program. We take a detailed look at your interests, goals and skills and match you accordingly with businesses and organisations that fit your needs. This is why the application process is so crucial. Here you will nominate your top two areas of interest and we will also conduct an interview with you through our Program Coordinator or on-site team to help us achieve the best placement. Once you have paid the $750 ($1,100 Intern in England) internship deposit, our team will move ahead with placing you with the best match in one of your two chosen fields of interest.
6. I am thinking of an internship in my major – is this possible?
It is possible and wherever possible, we go even further to individualise your placement to truly match your major. For sample placements take a look at the ‘Placement’ tab of your internship of interest.
7. Is the internship matching deposit necessary?
It is necessary for one very important reason. It shows your commitment to the program, not just to us but also potential businesses and organisations that we are approaching on your behalf. When you’ve paid the deposit we can confidently approach these businesses on your behalf to find the best possible match. It is not an extra fee – the $750 ($1,100 Intern in England) deposit is part of your overall program payment.
I feel like a true Londoner now! All the while, gaining invaluable skills which will help me with my future career, due to my personalised placement! This has truly been one of the best experiences I have ever had! If you’re thinking about doing an internship abroad, just do it! I promise you won’t regret it!