Current internship student Jess is completing her 9-Month Fully Paid Internship with EcoZip Adventures on Waiheke Island as a Ziplining Guide! Check out what an internship with an awesome company on an epic island is like!
What’s a day in the life of Jess on internship look like?
- A day in the life for me as a Ziplining Guide involves a lot of different things! A typical guiding day usually depends on the weather, season, staffing and other things like events. This determines how many tours happen during the day. Winter is usually a lot quieter with two or three on a quiet day, in the peak of Summer it can be up to six tours during the day with three groups per time allocation! So can be very busy but it’s always an awesome day! As Zipline Guides we also are given the opportunities to learn different parts of the business depending on our interests such as in the office or with maintenance which helps us develop different skills that we will find value from! I am a very adventurous person so this role definitely challenges me everyday and makes my internship so enjoyable because I love what I get to do and the people I get to meet!
What has been a highlight from internship so far?
- The biggest highlight has been taking this role and living in such a beautiful place like Waiheke Island and Ziplining all day while working with such awesome people! It has made the transition from classroom to industry so much easier. It has also helped me grow and have more confidence in what I have learnt to be able to use all the skills in my role. The role is so rewarding as well which makes everyday enjoyable!
How did the internship managers help you find your internship position?
- Lizzie has been awesome from the start of the internship process to where I am currently. I was placed with EcoZip Waiheke Island for my mock interview which helped me so much to have the confidence in being able to interview with someone and know that they may be interested in taking me on with their team. I also interviewed with another company in Australia, but after taking some time to think it over and conversations with Lizzie, I decided with her support that EcoZip Waiheke Island was the best decision for me and I am so glad!
Any tips or advice for students preparing for internship?
- The biggest tip I have is to be open for anything. I thought I knew where I wanted to go on internship and after understanding the process more and what’s involved, I realised that where I originally wanted to go wasn’t as easy to achieve as I thought. After that I opened myself up to the ideas of different opportunities I felt better in knowing that Lizzie could support me more in finding a role that would work for me and who I am as a person.
- Start with an empty slate and be open to ideas of opportunities that may be placed in front of you by the internship managers because you never know, it may end up being your dream role!
What is one thing you have learnt on internship?
- So far I have learnt to have more patience and empathy. I thought I was before I took this role but after working with different customers of all different backgrounds, genders, ages and abilities – you learn to be more wary of how you treat people. For some guests it may be a huge deal mentally, physically and emotionally to do an adventurous activity. So making each guests experience as easy, fun and exciting as possible makes them feel safe and looked after.
What’s the best thing about living on Waiheke Island?
- The simple life! Waiheke Island is such a small place with limited or basic resources but has so much potential. Although it’s not a big city with everything at your fingertips, it means you have to take the time to explore and find things to do that make you happy!
- There is so many cool things to do on the island and so many cool people to do it with! Like beaches, bush walks, vineyards, restaurants and so many more!