Positive results from Interns in Industry

Andrew Jenkins from Jenbury Financial
and Joon Azeez Matcheswala

Deakin University’s Business School’s ‘Interns in Industry’ program is continually producing great results.

This annual internship program, where students are partnered with a local business, benefits both parties.

Andrea Jenkins, Managing Director of Jenbury Financial, participated in the most recent intake by having Joon Azeez Matcheswala join the team for three months during the second half of 2019.

“It was an honour to work with Joon, who was studying accounting and commerce and had completed two units of study in financial planning as electives,” said Andrea.

“Having enjoyed the subjects, he then had the opportunity to come to our firm and experience financial planning first hand, something that cannot be replicated at university.

“During his time here, Joon provided us with some suggestions that led to changes in our practice that have improved how we deliver our services to our clients.

“I would happily recommend Joon to future employers and this program to other businesses. I hope this has opened doors for Joon that would not otherwise have been available to him.”


The Interns in Industry program opens again in 2020. Visit deakin.edu.au/students/faculties/buslaw (and search for Interns in Industry)


About the Program

Interns in Industry is a free internship program. The program provides an opportunity for businesses to connect with and utilise the skills, insights and dedication of talented final year undergraduate and postgraduate students from Deakin Business School.

Business hosts are not required to pay students, whose participation forms part of the Work Integrated Learning internship unit. Students satisfying the requirements of the placement will gain a credit point towards their degree.

Students must complete between 100-150 hours (which will be based around your business requirements) working on real business problems and projects relevant to their area of study.

Business criteria for the 2020 program is yet to be finalised, however, the following is a guide based on 2019 criteria:

  • 5 or more employees*.
  • Must be a registered business.
  • Meaningful and professional work duties where both parties derive value from the experience.
  • Internship to be completed at professional business premises (work from home/ residential addresses not acceptable).
  • A successful OHS assessment.
  • Appropriate supervision of the student (this will be case by case – what is the supervisors experience, qualifications, etc.).

*Exceptions may be made at the discretion of Deakin Business School.

This is a competitive program and placements are limited and subject to student availability. Deakin and Council reserve the right to discount businesses from the program for additional reasons. For further information or to submit your expression of interest please contact: business@knox.vic.gov.au