Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STATE ELECTION ‘17 -

WATERFORD res­i­dent Maya Shah is not shy­ing away from be­com­ing a so­cial ac­tivist.

The UWA stu­dent (21) was al­lowed the chance to do an in­tern­ship with Global Cit­i­zen in New York and has come back to Perth with even more de­ter­mi­na­tion to make a dif­fer­ence.

The in­tern­ship was made pos­si­ble by the McCusker Cen­tre for Cit­i­zen­ship at UWA, the or­gan­i­sa­tion that or­gan­ises sim­i­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents around the world.

Ms Shah said the photo of the New York sky­line and the op­por­tu­nity to vol­un­teer for the so­cial ac­tion plat­form at­tracted her to the in­tern­ship.

“I’d never ac­tu­ally heard about the cen­tre but I stum­bled on it when I was at the li­brary; within a few weeks I had ap­plied and was se­lected,” she said.

“I’m study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce, ma­jor­ing in fi­nance and eco­nom­ics and usu­ally these things are for art or in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions stu­dents but peo­ple for­get about busi­ness stu­dents.

“I’ve al­ways been an ac­tivist; I’ve done work for Ox­fam and for an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions but I never thought I’d be able to com­bine my in­ter­est with my ca­reer.”

Ms Shah said the ex­pe­ri­ence of in­tern­ing at Global Cit­i­zen, as well as liv­ing and

ex­plor­ing around New York, was amaz­ing. “I ar­rived on July 10 at 8.30pm and got into my place in Brook­lyn and I went into the of­fice the next day at 10am but I was too jet­lagged, so they told me to come back the next day,” she said. “Global Cit­i­zen is a not-for­profit agency that aims to end ex­treme poverty but they also cam­paign about chil­dren’s health, ed­u­ca­tion for women and more. “They don’t do the ground­work but they ne­go­ti­ate with gov­ern­ments and or­gan­i­sa­tions and be­ing based in New York is great be­cause they can en­gage with all of those. “The ma­jor project that I worked on was a ma­jor fes­ti­val but I also did re­search, pol­icy work, event plan­ning and at­tend­ing meet­ings.” Ms Shah said she had the op­por­tu­nity to go to the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly to see peo­ple such as Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau speak. Af­ter her in­tern­ship fin­ished in Oc­to­ber, she back­packed around Amer­ica be­fore re­turn­ing in time to fin­ish her last se­mes­ter of her un­der­grad de­gree.

Maya Shah met for­mer Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard at the Global Cit­i­zen Fes­ti­val.

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