After completing her internship at Perth Festival in 2017, Master of Social Research Methods graduate Anna Lee Normann was quickly offered a full-time role.
Ms Normann, who moved to Perth from Chicago, USA, has worked as a Sponsorship Coordinator within the festival's Development Team since her graduation from UWA in 2018.
“I feel so fortunate to have gotten my foot in the door with such a large, international arts organisation through the McCusker Centre for Citizenship,” she said.
“I work with some of the most dedicated and brilliant people at Perth Festival and have met some lifelong friends.”
“The skills I acquired and experiences I had in my McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship have given me multiple job offers. It was a spring board for the meaningful projects and professional work I have been able to achieve since moving to Australia.”
The Fremantle resident said her 2017 internship role as Audience Researcher was focused on ways to make the arts more accessible to audiences with a disability and contributing to the festival’s Access Guides.
“The internship at Perth Festival changed several of my outlooks particularly around the macro and micro ways organisations can be more inclusive,” she said.
“Each effort makes a difference and has a ripple effect within a community.”
Ms Normann said there had been many highlights in her life since completing her internship.
“Graduating with my Masters, a work placement coaching academic research methods in Sumatra, being part of three incredible Perth Festivals and receiving another visa to stay in Australia,” she listed.
“I can’t believe how much has happened in three years!”