In­terns to tackle so­cial is­sues

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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.

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