Catching up with our 2018 Interns05 Sep 2018
The Development Victoria Intern Program provides students with an interest in property development, project management or urban renewal the opportunity to work alongside an experienced team of industry professionals and gain exposure to a diverse range of projects across the full project lifecycle.
We caught up with our interns – Pictured left to right Dillon, Lexie, Sophie, Kate and Meg as they hit the halfway mark of their 12-month internship with Development Victoria.
Q. What have you enjoyed about your internship so far?
I’ve really enjoyed the exposure to different types of projects across the commercial and residential space. The culture at DV is supportive so you are always encouraged to develop your training and skills.
I’ve had exposure to both the front end and delivery stages of development. The buddy and mentor program has been fantastic. It’s great to know you can seek advice from an ex-intern and established manager in the development industry.
So far at DV I have worked on Melbourne Park redevelopment with Civic Projects and am now placed in the Precincts team working on Docklands. I have enjoyed the unique exposure to high-profile, complex public projects in Melbourne and am grateful for the opportunity to work on such projects as this exposure is not something I could find at many other internships. I’ve also enjoyed learning about the complexities of the public sector and additional layers of process this adds to a project. Finally, the privilege of observing senior project managers and directors as they lead a project teams and manage stakeholders.
Q. Biggest lesson learnt?
Always ask questions when you are not sure about something, as there is always someone willing to help. The people at DV go out of their way to help you tackle a problem and succeed, even if you do not work with them directly.
This spirit of collaboration is deeply embedded in the company at all levels.
The importance of taking initiative – this internship really is what you make it. I’ve also learnt how diverse a development team is, and how each member contributes their own slice of wisdom and perspective.
Studies don’t quite prepare you for the day to day realities of the working world! Stay focused, ask questions, make sure you use the buddy and mentor program, people you can bounce off and get support from.
Q. What are you looking forward to in the second half of your internship?
I’ve recently joined the new DV Sustainability Working Group (SWG). One of the SWG’s most recent activities was a waste audit that showed we have room for improvement in the percentage of waste our tenancy recycles. The organisation is already doing some fantastic things in this space and I’m excited to see what’s to come.
The exposure to multiple projects – all are quite different in nature and size which keeps things interesting!
I am excited to continue to develop my project management skills and gain further understanding of which direction I would like my career to head in. Also the project I am currently working on (Melbourne Arts Precinct Redevelopment) is at a really interesting stage as it is just beginning, so I am excited to see how it progresses and changes over the next few months.
Q. Who inspires you in your field?
2019 Intern Program – applications now open!
Recruitment for the 2019 Development Victoria Intern Program is now underway. To find out more, please click here