Student is inspired by New York stint
A young Pilbara woman recently finished an internship with a top New York media company that works with the likes of Walt Disney, Coca Cola and Microsoft.
Sharleah Ramirez, 24, who hails from Port Hedland and has family across the Pilbara, started working with Starlight Runner Entertainment through her involvement in a fledgling media project at Curtin University, where she is a third-year student and guild indigenous officer.
“I took it upon myself as a student to get myself involved, to get myself on boards and speak up for indigenous issues,” she said.
Starlight Runner founder Jeff Gomez is an adviser on the First-Year Student Project, which is designed to improve regional, remote and indigenous student engagement at Curtin.
He invited Ms Ramirez to apply for an internship with the company.
She spent two weeks at the Starlight Runner offices in December and January, analysing survey data collected for the project and advising on the issues involved.
She also managed to meet actor Will Smith at his new movie premiere and one of the original writers of Marvel Comics.
“I think I found the internship so surreal because I didn’t think that something like this would ever happen to me,” she said.
“I was blown away. I feel so, so privileged and I’m so glad I did it.”
Ms Ramirez is passionate about social activism and plans one day to return to the Pilbara to start a business that empowers disadvantaged local people.
The Curtin First-Year Student Project will be launched early this year.
Sharleah Ramirez with Starlight Runner founder Jeff Gomez and Curtin University Centre of Aboriginal Studies staff member Michelle Robert-Libia.