In 2023, the Griffith Asia Business Internship (GABI) Program once again delivered unique and transformative experiences to students, helping to shape them into globally minded business leaders. Last year marked a milestone with the largest cohort since the pandemic, comprising 35 students who embarked on six-week internships across the Asia Pacific region. The program, designed to develop Asia literacy, enhance professional skills, and broaden perspectives, aims to establish lasting international connections and networks and shape participants into future-focused graduates, prepared for a global career.  

Liam Fogarty
Liam Fogarty

Diversity and inclusion are core principles of the GABI program, welcoming students from various disciplines and backgrounds. Supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program Grants, 21 participants received invaluable financial assistance that helped to enrich their tertiary education experience while fostering deeper engagement with the Asia Pacific region. 

One standout participant from the 2023 cohort, Liam Fogarty, a recipient of an NCP mobility grant, shared his profound journey during his internship with the Australian Chamber of Commerce Korea (AusCham Korea). Liam’s testimonial underscores the transformative power of embracing new experiences with an open mind. 

“I achieved more professional and personal growth than I could have imagined. Being in a country where I had little knowledge, or expectations allowed me to flourish.”

“The “say yes” attitude was championed by my supervisor, Rowan Petz. On day one, Rowan told me how much I would learn in Korea if I went into every experience with a positive attitude and no expectation of outcomes, and he couldn’t have been more right. I truly had a “say yes” attitude, and it allowed me to meet different people, eat different foods, and find myself in areas that I would never have been in back home.”  

Rowan Petz, Executive Director of AustCham Korea, praised Liam’s exceptional contributions, highlighting his proactive attitude and adaptability as qualities that make him an asset to any organisation, stating: 

“Over the years, we have hosted numerous interns; among them, Liam has distinguished himself as one of the most exemplary. Liam’s proactive, positive, and motivated approach ensured the successful completion of all tasks assigned to him, regardless of complexity. Given the opportunity, I would not hesitate to offer him a full-time position within our organisation.

Richard Kaltongga

In 2023, the GABI program commenced facilitation of in-person internships in Fiji, offering students like Richard Kaltongga an immersive experience in logistics and supply chain management with Joyce Aviation. Richard’s reflections resonate with many participants, highlighting the program’s impact on shaping career aspirations and fostering cross-cultural understanding. 

“The GBS Internship was truly an eye-opening experience for me. As somebody who is aspiring to a career in the air transport & logistics industry, this internship has sealed this sector as one I see myself in. Joyce Aviation was a wonderful host organisation and I have received valuable upskilling, training, and knowledge in the aviation industry of which I am grateful for.” 

Looking ahead, the GABI program remains committed to its mission, securing NCP mobility grant funding for future years, and expanding student opportunities across the region. Aspiring leaders who seek transformative experiences are invited to apply for the 2024-2025 cohort, setting the stage for another year of growth, learning, and international collaboration. 

Griffith Business School’s GABI Program stands as a beacon for experiential learning, shaping the next generation of leaders equipped with the skills, knowledge, and cultural sensitivity to thrive in a globalised world. To embark on this transformative journey, interested applicants can visit the program’s website for more information and application details. 

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