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Teach for Australia internship opens UWA student’s eyes to a rewarding future career

6 May, 2020

Through her McCusker Centre of Citizenship internship at Teach for Australia (TFA), Yuna Prawerti realised for the first time that she could combine her commitment to volunteering and helping others into a future career.

The University of WA student, who is majoring in Pharmacology and Economics, recently completed her 100-hour internship with TFA.

TFA provides passionate and highly-qualified teachers to schools located around Australia, particularly those in rural regions or low socioeconomic areas, and where there is a shortage on STEM based teachers.

The Shenton Park resident, 20, worked closely with the Government Relations and Development team to increase awareness of TFA amongst Federal Parliamentarians.

On behalf of TFA, Ms Prawerti wrote to every Federal member with TFA teachers in their electorate to raise awareness about the program.

“Through this unique program, TFA helps to provide new opportunities and unlock the potential of children and young people. Federal and state/territory government engagement is vital for funding for the organisation,” she said.

TFA Government Relations and Fundraising Director Craig Comrie said that, as a direct result of Ms Prawerti’s letters, MPs have contacted TFA to learn more about what they do.  

“Yuna was keen to learn, dedicated to her work and conducted herself professionally throughout the internship,” Mr Comrie said.

“By the end of her internship, Yuna had completed the activities and learning goals we set together, including being able to demonstrate a solid understanding of our work and her contribution to it.”

Ms Prawerti said the most rewarding aspect of her internship was the knowledge that her contribution would help the organisation and also have a greater effect on the wider community.

“Meeting so many amazing and passionate people who dedicate themselves fully to the mission of the organisation was very rewarding.

“They made me feel welcomed, as if I was a part of their family.

“Having the opportunity to work in a not-for-profit organisation with highly passionate individuals made me realise it would be amazing to be not only working towards your personal goals, but also work towards a goal that will have a positive impact on the lives of others.”