Interns to tackle social issues
A UNIVERSITY of WA initiative and Australian first will provide internships that focus on social challenges like homelessness and mental health.
The McCusker Centre for Citizenship will give students an opportunity to contribute directly to tackling social issues with its inaugural round of internships.
Director Michelle Scott said the centre would work with not-for-profit community organisations.
“We are working in partnership with not-for-profit organisations to offer a new type of internship opportunity that will be attractive to students from across disciplines, including those not traditionally associated with community service,” she said.
“These internships are something unique. They’re learning with a purpose and provide a benefit that extends beyond the personal advantages a degree can bring.”
Funded by the McCusker Charitable Foundation, the centre aims to foster a commitment from students to social responsibility.
“Internships are designed to be mutually beneficial, providing opportunities for positive learning experiences for students and constructive contributions to the work of not-forprofit organisations,” Ms Scott said.