Griffith University and GOLDOC are proving a perfect partnership with a reported 17 per cent of the current Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Corporation (GOLDOC) workforce identified as Griffith University students and graduates.

Some of GOLDOC’s most recent recruitments include four Griffith students who had previously undertaken internships with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) organisers.

Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning student, Adam Jarrett, will take up the position of Deputy Venue Transport Manager within the venue transport team.

Adam is excited to take up the new position where he will assist in the planning, administration and delivery of venue transport operations for specific venues throughout GC2018.

“I am so grateful to be working with such an amazing team and have the opportunity to combine my passion for sport, planning, transport and design into a rewarding career,” Adam said.

GOLDOC’s Manager HR Operations Anthea O’Loughlin said there is a wide range of skilled people working across GOLDOC’s business to deliver what will be a great Games come 2018.

“The opportunity for interns to embed within the organisation is an invaluable learning experience. Interns have a great opportunity working on a major international event without even leaving the Gold Coast,” Anthea said.

“Working on GC2018 is a career game changer. Each team member including our Griffith University interns are playing a part in shaping the Games experience for athletes and spectators.

“As we get closer to GC2018, GOLDOC will recruit an additional 1,000 staff to deliver what is the biggest event Australia will see this decade.”

Another Griffith intern, Samara Camilleri, will also take up a position at GOLDOC as a Venue Assistant, where she will work on the day-to-day operations of the venue management team.

Samara said that while completing an internship certainly helped her to gain her new position at GOLDOC it was not the only factor in her employment.

“I put in a lot of effort and dedication and proved that I was capable,” she said.

“I was very emotional when I found out I had been successful because it meant I had achieved one of my dreams — to secure a position working with an amazing organisation and on GC2018,” she said.

Angus McLeod, a Griffith Bachelor of Information Technology student, is also realising a dream at GOLDOC.

Angus, a mature age student, has taken up a position as a Service Desk Analyst within the technology team, a dream appointment for Angus who after many years can follow his passion for computers into a career.

“Being able to work on the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade and as part of the Technology team is fantastic and the achievement of a lifelong goal,” Angus said.