Here's a quick snapshot of a intern's experience working professionally in industry. Learn all about Akshat's early career journey in engineering including the opportunities and challenges he's gone through whilst on the job.
Name: Akshat Sharma
Location: Western Australia
University and Course: Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Systems, Edith Cowan University
- Where did you undertake your internship?
2020 - Furbish (Startup) – Intern (1 month)
2022 – Nexxis Technologies – Intern (Jan 2022 – present)
- Why did you choose to complete an internship early in your degree?
To gain a better understanding of the theoretical aspects I studied and get exposure of how things are done in the electrical, robotics and automation industry
- How did you find out about your internship opportunity?
The very first one, Furbish, an email about it came from the School of Engineering admin. I applied for it and got a phone interview, which I passed and got in.
For Nexxis, I met a representative from the company at one of the events at ECU. Our conversation about robotics went well, which eventually turned into an informal interview.
- What influenced you to apply for the position?
Harris Kmon solution is one of Darwin's fastest-growing structural engineering companies, with an elite bunch of engineers. So I decided that I should apply for this internship position as it could give me the required exposure to build a solid foundation to kick-start my career.
- What opportunities has your internship given you?
The hands-on work experience that I am getting at Nexxis is invaluable. Also, having done some hands-on work early in my degree would definitely make me more employable as the companies want graduates who have practical skills.
- What was the biggest challenge you faced during your internship?
The main challenges I faced when I was applying for internships was not being eligible for most of the internships since I am an international student.
During my internship, I haven't really face many challenges since the staff at Nexis are very helpful and they provide proper guidance.
- What was the main thing that you learnt during your internship that you’ve since been able to apply to your professional life/studies?
As an intern at Nexxis, I discovered it is vital to be enthusiastic and be open to all the challenges.I was able to learn the value of communication; being able to communicate and asking questions is really important at the workplace as well as in real life to get clarification on thing you might not know.