Enthusiasm for internship programme

02 September 2013

MIT interns

Sixty Manukau Institute of Technology students were introduced to seven different retailers at Auckland Airport last month at an expo which was part of an internship programme.

Facilitated by the airport as part of its contribution to Auckland Council’s Southern Initiative, the internship scheme is looking to build on the success of last year’s pilot programme, which led to permanent employment for half the participants.

At last month’s expo, students got to talk to each of the retailers and take a tour of the airport in order to help them choose which retailers they would prefer to intern with. Students must identify their first, second and third choice on their application, as well as provide a CV.

Auckland Airport’s general manager of corporate affairs, Charles Spillane, says he was impressed with the retailers’ efforts as well as the number and calibre of students that attended. “We have received 40 applications this year and are very excited about the upcoming programme.”

The internships are due to start in December and will continue through to the beginning of the tertiary academic year.