Intern Program

In 2019 Honner established an intern program in collaboration with leading Australian university QUT.

Finding the right combination of financial smarts and communications nous is a tall order!

After as steady stream of successful recruits from Queensland University of Technology, Honner has partnered with QUT Business School to provide an Experiential Learning Scholarship – a semester long learning opportunity including a two-week internship at Honner in Sydney.

The Scholarship is open to final year undergraduates and post graduate students from QUT Business School, with the successful applicant receiving $3,000 to cover expenses.


Jacqueline Coleman

Senior Account Executive

Jacqui graduated from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Public Relations and Economics. She joined Honner as a grad and moved to Sydney for her first job.

What attracted you to a career in financial communications?

Throughout my high school studies, I remember having a keen interest in both English and Maths, and I knew that I wanted to pursue a career that combined the best of both worlds. Combining this with my passion for interacting with people, I knew working in financial communications was the career for me.

What have been the highlights at Honner so far?

Professionally, the biggest highlight working at Honner has been the opportunity to take on bigger tasks that you may not be able to do in a bigger organisation. An example of this was having a part in presenting our media plan to the corporate comms team at Colonial First State.

Another highlight has been the opportunity to progress my studies, as I completed a Kaplan course in Finance.

One of the other great things about working at Honner is the social aspects of the job. I have really valued the opportunity to get to know my colleagues outside of an office setting, where I’ve made some life-long friends!

What advice would you give your younger self today?

Appreciate the (what can seem mundane) tasks that you are given each day, as they can be a stepping stone to a bigger lesson down the track. Some of the biggest lessons I learnt were from completing tasks such as compiling media lists, clipping coverage, or completing a media search for a new business client. My role has expanded greatly over time as I have gained more experience, however I definitely won’t forget the lessons learnt from earlier on in my career.

Jessica Effeney


Jess completed a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Public Relations at QUT. She joined Honner from a corporate PR firm in Brisbane, and moved to Sydney for the role.

What attracted you to a career in financial services?

In high school, I enjoyed Economics and English so the opportunity to combine these passions was really attractive! During my internships, I also much preferred working with corporate clients than consumer clients.

What have been the highlights at Honner so far?

My major highlight was being chosen for the Honner Exchange Program in 2018. I had the opportunity to travel to New York (as you can see in my picture!) and work with our partner agency, Prosek, for a week which was an amazing experience.

Aside from this, the people are a definite highlight – in the five years since I joined Honner, I’ve met life-long friends and worked with some of the best consultants in the industry. It has also been rewarding to work with some of the leading financial brands in Australia and across the globe.

What advice would you give your 21 year-old self today?

At the beginning of my career, I remember being worried about ‘pigeonholing’ myself in one industry (like financial services). The advice I’d give to my 21 year-old self today would be to not stress about this – each industry is so much deeper and more diverse than you realise and the skills you’ll learn are extremely transferrable. You’ll be shocked to discover you love financial services and wonder how you contemplated anything else.

Interested in joining the team?