Two more Griffith students are about to embark on the learning opportunity of a lifetime when they begin their internships with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC).
Tomorrow Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning student Tahlia Rossi will begin her internship with the Sustainability and Legacy team.
As Griffith is an official partner of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, students will have the unique opportunity to apply for Games internships and scholarships over the next two years. Find out more about how to apply for a scholarship and internships.
Griffith communication students Hayley Payne and Natasha Hoppner were the first interns to experience Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) from a whole new perspective. They took up 12 week internships with GOLDOC’s Digital Content team giving them credit points applied to their degrees.
Second year Bachelor of Public Relations and Communication student Hayley Payne, who has now completed her internship, said she is honoured to have had this once in a generation opportunity to be part of the Commonwealth Games preparation.
“I have been able to learn from some of the best professionals from the Gold Coast and from across the world – including some who have worked on previous Commonwealth Games.
“There is such a wealth of knowledge that I can take back into my studies and enhance my future career prospects.”
And for Griffith Engineering student Adil Rachidi, a 12-week internship with GOLDOC’s Engineering Services team has resulted in his being offered full-time employment. The Moroccan-born student has always dreamed of finding a career in which he can combine his two passions of sport and engineering.
“This is something close to my heart to combine sport with engineering as it’s just what I love to do,” he said.
“When you arrive at GOLDOC, you read the motto ‘share the dream’ and for me I’m really living a dream now – it’s amazing.”
Griffith University Vice Chancellor and President Professor Ian O’Connor said the internship opportunities, available to students from all study areas means Griffith students will integrate a powerful professional experience to their academic studies.
“As the leading university for the Gold Coast, Griffith University is dedicated to creating possibilities for our students and the community,” he said.
“We are proud to be part of this important milestone for the Gold Coast and for Griffith and we are proud of what our students will be able to offer the community over the next three years.”
Griffith University graduates will continue to benefit from employment opportunities as GOLDOC grows from 160 employees today to over 1,000 in 2018.
Bachelor of Environmental Design graduate and national rowing champion Emma Bunn said she was looking forward to combining her passion for sport with what she had learnt studying.
“The Commonwealth Games is a fabulous opportunity for growth on the Gold Coast,” she said.
“I have had the privilege of living here for five years so to be able to contribute to the sporting growth of this city through working with GOLDOC is an amazing way to give back to a city I love.”