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Eye-opening internship experience having a ‘yarn’ with Elders

31 July, 2019

Out of the many memorable experiences Hana Sarich had during her McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship at the Wungening Aboriginal Corporation, one stands out clearly in her mind.

“The highlight was attending Wungening’s Elder’s Morning Tea,” the University of WA student said.

“This is an event where community members are invited to come to Wungening, have a yarn about issues affecting them and the community, and learn more the work that Wungening does.

“It was such a valuable opportunity to meet both people who had or were facing inequalities and those working hard to tackle such pressing issues. Hearing about some of the issues facing the Aboriginal community firsthand from Elders, was eye-opening.”

The Mt Hawthorn resident worked closely with Wungening’s Community Engagement and Funding Manager, broader management team and key stakeholders to deliver the organisation’s Communications and Social Media Plan.

The Communications and Marketing Intern role required Ms Sarich to raise awareness of the Wungening brand and services, and improve their targeted engagement and outreach across the broader community.

The 20-year-old said the internship had encouraged her to direct her future career towards jobs that work with Aboriginal people to help tackle social inequalities.

“I think this experience and new skillset will aid me in whichever career I pursue,” she said.

“I would encourage all students to apply for an internship with the McCusker Centre for Citizenship and to be open to whichever organisation and role you are assigned.

“It is both personally and professionally valuable, and also so much fun.”