AIESEC Intern Profile

Meet AIESEC at the 2019 CDES Internship Career Expo on 1 August!

Kajol Patel

  • University of Auckland student
  • Bachelor of Commerce (International Business & Marketing) / Bachelor of Laws

What is it like working for your organisation and was it what you expected or was it different?
Working on my project was really different to what I expected, although I really didn’t know much about what I was going to be doing until I actually arrived in Indonesia. I worked at a Tourism Development Intern in conjunction with a team of 9 other internationals, the local government and a start-up. The biggest surprise was the huge difference in the working environment compared to here in NZ and the freedom everyone had whilst undertaking their tasks.

What advice would you give to students wanting to take part in an internship/graduate programme?
I would say not to worry too much about the details of what you will be doing on your internship and to just take the leap and do it. I was extremely nervous and scared about going on my internship as I didn’t know too much about the other participants or what I was doing, but it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much from my experience, and the important thing to remember is you may not learn things such as technical skills like you would from an internship at home, but you may learn skills such as how to adapt to different cultures and relate to people from all over the world!

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
Hopefully travelling around the world, working in a job that I’m passionate about and can help make a change. I am still very uncertain about what path I want to go down in terms of my career, but one thing I do know is that travel and experiencing different cultures will always be my goal.