Undergraduates’ development enhanced through corporate support

September 21, 2015

Taylor-Jane Belotti's study has benefited from a valuable internship

Taylor-Jane Belotti's study has benefited from a valuable internship

Valuable internships successfully secured by Murdoch University students have greatly benefited the studies and career development of two Indigenous students.

Taylor-Jane Bellotti and Ashleigh Lindsay have vastly different study areas, yet the symmetries in the experience and opportunity gained through practical placement at St John of God Hospital and Herbert Smith Freehills respectively is parallel.

“Through these companies taking on Indigenous interns it helps the younger generation to dream big and believe they will achieve what they dream to become, because those before them did and they will be supported through their journey,” said Psychology student Taylor-Jane.

“When I went on the wards at St John of God to collect blood from patients I got to experience how to communicate with patients and their families, which is an important skill to have.

“During my time so far at St John of God it has only made me realise more that I definitely want to help people and that psychology is definitely a path that I want to explore.”

Law student Ashleigh secured her internship at Herbert Smith Freehills through the Indigenous internship program with CareerTrackers. She described the experience received from Herbert Smith Freehills as “invaluable” in her own personal growth.

“Herbert Smith Freehills have helped to improve my research, writing and communications skills as well as provide me with the knowledge that will guide my career choices and help me to acquire a good graduate position,” said Ashleigh.

“This growth is crucial for the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people around the country. These initiatives place us in the best position to be able to create a successful career.”

Brooke Massender, Head of Pro Bono and Citizenship, Australia and Asia at Herbert Smith Freehills said the law firm hoped that by sharing their knowledge and experience with their interns, they could contribute to raising Indigenous representation in the legal profession and in corporate life.

“For me it really comes down to helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to reach their ambitions by creating a pathway for them to fulfil their potential,” said Ms Massender.

Throughout their studies, both students received support from the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, which is located on the grounds of Murdoch’s South Street Campus. Braden Hill, Manager of the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, said corporate partnerships are important to the academic development of Murdoch University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

“We know that the real-world experiences provided by organisations like St John of God and Herbert Smith Freehills, can enhance the learning of our students,” Braden said.

“We at the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre know that this is also crucial to our students’ career development, therefore, we are very grateful that these well-respected entities see the value in this too.”

The Kulbardi Centre will be holding an event on October 5 and will showcase current student relationships with corporate partners—like Taylor-Jane and Ashleigh’s—and how these relationships have aided them in their studies.

The October event is open to all corporate parties interested in creating, or continuation of, a financial relationship with the Centre to the benefit of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying with Murdoch University. The support of corporate partners would result in much needed assistance for students looking to complete their degrees and move on to relevant employment, gaining real-world opportunities.

“If corporate firms’ team-up with Kulbardi, the firms will be providing an invaluable experience for the students to learn and grow in both the academic and real-world,” concluded Ashleigh.


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