Internships Q&A

Students in audience

Please note: The next Internships Q&A will be held in November 2017. More information and the registration form will be available here from October 2017.

Maybe you want to know how to find an internship - how to reach out to potential hosts - how to make the most of your placement - or what to do after you've finished. The Internships Q&A is your chance to pose your questions to a panel of experienced students and expert staff. Students submit question(s) online when registering to attend and a student facilitator poses collected questions (in anonymous format!) to the panel.

2016 Internships Q&A

1 December 2016
Forum Theatre, Arts West (Building 148)


Soumya Rao graduated from the Master of Publishing and Communications in 2011. Before studying at The University of Melbourne, she enjoyed a brilliant career beginning at Google. Her studies gave her the opportunity to intern at Lonely Planet and gain real world learning. After graduating, she worked at a tech B2B startup, quickly learning the difference between the tech giant with every resource and the startup with almost no resources. With her interest in human connection with brands online and love for in-bound marketing Connect Labs was created. Now one year old, her business is based in Southbank and is one of 5 HubSpot Gold Partners in the APAC region.

Alana Seal has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Monash University and in 2015 she completed her Master of Arts and Cultural Management at The University of Melbourne. During her Masters, Alana gained professional experience in the art sector through her internship with Nite Art. In her role as Arts Administrator Alana’s responsibilities included managing the daily operations, developing communications material, assisting with the volunteer program and preparing reports on the 2015 Nite Art. Since graduating Alana has been the gallery assistant at Karen Woodbury Gallery: an esteemed commercial gallery based in Melbourne.

Halim Nuswantoro is an Australian Awards scholar completing a Master of Public Administration (Enhanced) in the Melbourne School of Government. He completed an internship with the Department of Premier and Cabinet in the Aboriginal Affairs Policy Office, Self-determination and Engagement Office. His internship role involved undertaking in-depth research upon the treaty process with Aboriginal communities in different range of international jurisdictions. He is now working for the Minister of Finance, Republic of Indonesia, and has also been the Ministry of Finance Institutional Transformation's ambassador since 2015.

Dr Lea Campbell runs internships for the School of Social and Political Sciences, including the prestigious Parliamentary Internship. Always involved in research, partnership and policy work, her passion lies in addressing educational inequities and getting students to understand their skill development in relation to the changing labour market. She coordinates The University of Melbourne's Work Integrated Learning (WIL) community of practice and is enthusiastic about partnerships and curriculum. She has a teaching and learning grant to explore blended learning options for WIL.