By Carla Baker
Business student, Kristiana Varitimos, has gained valuable insights and experience since starting a 13-week internship with Autism Queensland in July.
Her efforts have been focused on the Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC15) to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre this week, from September 9-11.
The conference, which will be attended by 1500 delegates, will focus on autism services, education, interventions and treatments with the central theme of ‘Transforming Futures’.
“What attracted me to the placement was the fact that it really correlated with my degree and my majors of Marketing, Event Management and Human Resources,” Kristiana said.
The 21-year-old, who is in her final semester, embraced the opportunity to work on a project that she can link with the career she wants to pursue.
“It has been a great industry experience for me before I graduate. Any experience relevant to my degree was something I wanted to make sure I had and I also really liked working for a non-for-profit organisation.”
Kristiana has been part of the marketing team preparing and promoting the three-day event, and has reported to Autism Queensland’s Manager Marketing Communications.
“I’ve been focusing primarily on volunteer communications. This involves recruiting and liaising with volunteers, and assisting with the volunteer roster.”
Kristiana has also been involved in devising the guest speakers program, and has worked on website maintenance and organising a virtual art show which will be featured at the conference. She will also be assisting with a post-conference survey, which will provide feedback for Autism Queensland and future event organisers.
Kristiana gained the Work Integrated Learning position through her UG Business Internship course.
Autism Queensland CEO, Rod Cameron, said large events like APAC15 presented a great opportunity for business students like Kristiana.
“It provides students who are seeking to make their career in the events and marketing field with great firsthand experience,” he said.