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Internship inspires UWA student to give back to his community

1 October, 2019

During his McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship at the Australian Department of Education and Training, Max Miocevich was struck by a new sense of empowerment and duty to the community.

“Our contributions as interns go beyond the work we provide at the organisations,” the University of WA Master of Mechanical Engineering student shared.

“When we share our experience, this promotes others to become more active members of the community.

“This internship has encouraged me to be more active in the community and seek out other areas where I can contribute. This inspired part of my decision to become president of Robogals Perth, a student-run club which operates workshops to inspire young women to consider studying engineering and related fields.”

The South Perth resident (22) completed a literature review on early childhood development during his 100-hour community service internship.

“My work will contribute towards the understanding of shortcomings in the education system and help policymakers develop policies and programs to improve early development of Australians,” he said.

“It will achieve this by helping those on the early development project recap some important research and introduce less-experienced people to the area of childhood education and care.”

Mr Miocevich said the most challenging aspect of his internship was becoming familiar with childhood development terminology.

“I realised that for me to produce work to a standard we’d both be satisfied with, I’d have to work particularly close with my supervisor during initial stages of the research to refine the scope and learn key terminology,” he said.

“This approach allowed me to adapt to the organisation and area of research quickly and work more independently towards the end of the internship.”