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Student intern assists organisation to achieve environmental and sustainability goals

20 November, 2020

The University of Western Australia student, who is studying a Bachelor of Commerce, with a double major in Economics, conducted a feasibility study and created a project plan for the Hills Symphony Orchestra to go paperless.


This included increased usage of digital sheet-music, as well as adopting paperless alternatives for all programmes, tickets, advertising material and administrative documents.


“My report will outline the actions that can be taken within Hills Symphony Orchestra’s financial and operational means to reach their environmental goals,” the Duncraig resident said.


“It will also strive to educate individual orchestra members on changes they can begin making to reduce their paper usage.


“Uniting the orchestra members and committee in their desire to make a positive change will secure the development of a sustainable future for the orchestra.”


Ms Rose, 21, said the McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship had affected her in both a personal and professional capacity.


“The most rewarding aspect of my internship is the large sense of purpose this role has given me. This feeling of purpose is driven purely by the fact that my role as an intern aligns wholly with my own personal values of sustainability and equitable accessibility,” she said.


“Because of this, I feel a great sense of pride in fashioning a more sustainable approach for Hills Symphony Orchestra to continue sharing their music with the community.”


Harmony Clayton, Vice President of Hills Symphony Orchestra says that Emily was engaged, hard-working, and talented.


She continues that: “the work Emily did during her internship has helped us minimise waste and improve marketing and communications.”


“With more paperless marketing, communications, ticketing, and music sorting we are connecting with our community in a more eco-friendly way.”


“Reviewing our processes and getting fresh ideas has allowed us to better plan for the future and enhance the way we provide music to the wider community,” Ms Clayton said.


More than 1,200 students have now undertaken their internship with the McCusker Centre for Citizenship contributing more than 120,000 hours in service to the community.


Director Michelle Scott said the “overwhelming” number of applications from students to participate in the internship program was a sign that young people were increasingly seeking opportunities to engage with and give back to their communities.


“It is clear UWA students have a great appetite for internships with a social purpose,” Ms Scott said.

“They have seen the very practical way that their peers can contribute, even during the COVID-19 pandemic and want to do the same.”