It’s important that our interns have experiences that will be useful when they’re looking for, or engaged in, future work. Gareth Baker, a law and commerce student at Auckland University, talks about his first few weeks at Height:
“Probably the best part has been the variety of projects and challenges, and the new stuff to learn constantly - and it’s only been a few weeks. It makes balancing deadlines and getting your head around stuff a bit trickier but it’s good to get used to those challenges because that’s an introduction to the fundamentals of the working world.
“I attended and then presented at a contractor/local government collaborative meeting, which was nerve-racking but a very cool experience.
“I’ve sat in on meetings where bids for major urban developments are being discussed - something I think is atypical for a regular internship.
“Observing the interest our team’s work on social procurement is receiving, and the announcement that business cases which the team had helped Kiwirail with, has led to investment in regional railways is awesome - we may be small but it is really clear how impactful the work is.
“The kind of ‘thrown-in-the-deep-end-ness’ is the coolest part about working for a small innovative place like Height - but with 100% wraparound support. It’s the best way to learn.”
Our personal induction plan
We give our interns real work, but we make sure there are clear structures in place to support them too. Our personal induction plan is a part of this: it is put together by the intern with their line manager. It means that when they start we have an understanding of their goals, and we can align work, and training to fit, and people are assigned to support them with different parts of their job.
Our internship programme is a really important way of giving opportunities to young people and injecting fresh thinking and ideas into our business.
Here is Gareth’s personal induction plan - thanks for letting us share this Gareth.