International exchange sparks big Broadway dreams

March 18, 2015

Laura Arcudi is achieving her dreams in New York City.Landing a job on Broadway may have been a lifelong dream, but Murdoch graduate Laura Arcudi achieved it within six months of finishing her Bachelor of Marketing and Media.

Laura was accepted into the Davenport Theatrical Fall Internship Program last year, a producing office on Broadway where she was able to experience thrill of watching the development of the smash hit It’s Only a Play and soak up the environment of a Tony Award winning office.

After finishing her internship last December, Laura landed a position as an associate on the Social Media Strategy team for 87AM, a New York entertainment agency.

“Now, I spend my days working on social media for a bunch of clients in the live entertainment industry,” Laura said.

“Eventually I’d love to go into entertainment publicity and Talent PR, so if you watch the Oscars and see the girl behind the actor being interviewed, that will be me.”

Laura attributes a bit of her success so soon after graduation to her opportunity to go on exchange to the United States during her degree.

“I originally chose to go on exchange to get out of my comfort zone, and I ended up at The University of Wisconsin in Whitewater, USA," Laura said.

“While Wisconsin is another world, it's also very close to New York City, where I took quite a few trips to while on exchange and found out by experience how much I loved the Broadway atmosphere.

“After returning from Wisconsin I set out to graduate and return to New York City to do an internship on Broadway.

“Cut to a year later and I booked a one-way plane ticket to New York City.”

Laura was one of the 80 Murdoch University students who travel around the world on exchange each year during their undergraduate degrees.

Murdoch University's Student Mobility Officer Jeannette Geesmann said that studying overseas, not only broadened students’ horizons, it also increased their employability.

"Students are able to differentiate themselves from the peers through exchange experiences.

"They learn skills like cultural awareness and tolerance, cross-cultural communication, crisis and time management, will network with other peers from around the world, gain independence.

"Employers are more and more looking for students with those soft skills, students that adapt in a new environment quickly, understand business protocols in another culture and maybe even speak basics of a second language."

The annual Study Abroad and Exchange Fair will be held on Wednesday 15 April, between 10am and 2pm in Bush Court.

“We hold the Fair each year to help people to discover more about the opportunities available, which range from three week programs through to full semesters abroad in North America, Europe and Asia.”

Contact Jeannette Geesmann (j.geesmann@murdoch.edu.au) or click here for more information about Study Abroad.

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