After securing tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of funding for Anglicare WA during her McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship last year, Jasmine Davies was quickly offered a permanent role.
The University of WA Philosophy graduate made an impressive impact in the 100 hours of her internship by sourcing, writing and securing grants for the not-for-profit organisation.
“Jasmine and fellow McCusker Centre for Citizenship student intern Luke Thomas have turned around our grants team,” Anglicare WA Philanthropy and Enterprise Director Tori Anderson said.
“They have worked with such passion, commitment and professionalism.
“Jasmine and Luke are our superstars.”
In her current Philanthropy Assistant role, Ms Davies coordinates and manages the organisation's Trusts and Foundations portfolio.
“I have had the privilege of continuing to learn and refine the skills I gained during my internship,” the Ascot resident said.
“I’ve also had the pleasure of supervising two interns from the McCusker Centre, which has been an invaluable learning experience for me.”
Prior to starting her internship, Ms Davies said the idea of working in a corporate environment was “completely out of her comfort zone”.
“Through my internship I learned that young people and students absolutely have a place in this sort of environment and have the potential to make valuable contributions to a team and to the wider community through this sort of work,” she said.
“As a university student, the idea of starting my professional life after graduating was really daunting, but doing my McCusker Centre internship in my final year showed me that it’s actually really enjoyable and nothing to be afraid of - it’s exciting.
“It also helped me come out of my shell. I’m quite a quiet and shy person, and my internship and the opportunities that followed have helped me become more confident in myself and to take chances that have led to opportunities that I never would’ve had otherwise.”
Ms Davies said she was proud to continue her involvement with the McCusker Centre for Citizenship by serving on the Student Advisory Committee, and – following her graduation from UWA 2019 – join its Alumni Committee.
“It has been such a great opportunity,” she said.