Stu­dent is in­spired by New York stint

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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.

Pic­ture: Sharleah Ramirez

Sharleah Ramirez with Starlight Run­ner founder Jeff Gomez and Curtin Univer­sity Cen­tre of Abo­rig­i­nal Stud­ies staff mem­ber Michelle Robert-Libia.

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