BTi Internship Experience Revealed
FTDi recently spoke with second year Bachelor of Technology (BTi) student Courtney Tong, to discuss her experience undertaking the Innovation Internship subject. All BTi students are required to complete a 210 hour internship in their second year. Students are encouraged to source an internship in a company of interest to them, ensuring they can practically apply their knowledge. From construction to technology, BTi students found themselves spread across a vast range of industries.
Courtney Tong, a driven second year was an Innovation and Business Development Intern at Flairr, a young 4-month-old technology start up. Despite being new to the company, Courtney "took on multiple roles and was exposed to all aspects of the business." Courtney’s innovative perspective resulted in the company restructuring themselves from a recruitment agency for corporations to a case competition platform. "I looked at the business model and thought it may be beneficial to change the way they market themselves. They were approaching big companies offering recruitment services but these companies already had their own agencies." Consequently, Courtney suggested that Flairr become a competition based platform where students work to solve business problems with the potential of winning work experience. Flairr took Courtney’s idea on-board, restructuring their business model with a new focus on connecting students to companies through practical experience.
Courtney’s ideas did not stop there. Courtney founded the UTS HIVE Society, developed for students who are interested in professional development for innovation and entrepreneurship. The society works closely with Flairr, connecting UTS students to the case competitions. The society forges cross-disciplinary connections through hackathons, design jams, networking nights and internship speed dating. "Working with Flairr has made me more ambitious and has led to me starting in my own society. I would highly recommend this subject for anyone who is looking to get industry experience. It’s taught me to seek my own opportunities, the importance of networking and ambition."