The Weekend Post - - Careers -

FOUR young peo­ple who un­der­stand the value of an in­tern­ship are Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy stu­dents Madi Hirini, Ai­dan Ayunon, Josh Cook and Natasha Wal­ford.

They are among 24 in­terns help­ing out at the Bris­bane Fes­ti­val this year – and earn­ing credit to­ward their de­grees. Hirini and Ayunon are study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Fine Arts (Tech­ni­cal Pro­duc­tion). “It’s def­i­nitely push­ing me in a di­rec­tion for the fu­ture,” Hirini says.

Ayunon says the ex­pe­ri­ence so far has ranged from chang­ing gas bot­tles to build­ing a stage. Mean­while, Cook and Wal­ford are both study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Cre­ative In­dus­tries, ma­jor­ing in en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­tries.

Cook’s main project was co-or­di­nat­ing the fam­ily fun day, and book­ing en­ter­tain­ment such as a hula hoop work­shop, rov­ing per­form­ers and arts and crafts. Wal­ford worked on plan­ning and sched­ul­ing the open­ing night. “It’s a good crash course in learn­ing all the prac­ti­cal skills that no amount of aca­demic work could teach you,” she says.

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