Hearing from Development Together Interns
Whilst studying, a common thought weighing on every university student’s mind is: ‘Will I get a job after I graduate?’ It can be daunting, not knowing if the major you’re studying will translate to a career. The best you can do is gain as much experience as you can during your studies.
To differentiate yourself from your peers, a hands-on Internship can be the perfect solution. Many of our students have found that taking part in a Development Together Internship has benefited them in multiple ways, some of which include learning how to apply the theoretical skills taught at university, and gaining experience in their field to enhance employment opportunities after they finish their studies.
Feedback from one of our past student interns comes from Jack, a Civil Engineering and Architecture student at the University of Wollongong (Australia). Jack interned with Development Together in Vietnam on an Engineering trip, and said:
“My decision to apply for an intern placement in Vietnam through Development Together is one of the best I have ever made. I got to work with an INCREDIBLE GROUP OF PEOPLE and visit an amazing country, all while gaining masses of VALUABLE WORK EXPERIENCE in my field of study.
Most students would agree, learning how to APPLY knowledge to real situations is ultimately the most important skill to master. An internship with Development Together is a truly invaluable opportunity for students and professionals to help others by APPLYING their knowledge and skills where they are desperately needed.
The SUPPORT provided by Development Together and the partner NGO that we worked with, was outstanding to say the least. If you’re looking for WORK EXPERIENCE, enjoy travel/culture and have a passion for helping others, don’t look past this rare opportunity!”
We also heard from Grace, who interned in Cambodia whilst studying at La Trobe University in Melbourne (Australia) to become a Prothetist/Orthotist. She gave the following insight into her Development Together experience, and how it benefited her career:
“As a third year Masters of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics student I had the AMAZING OPPORTUNITY to experience Prosthetics and Orthotics on a very different level to that seen within the Australian University program, by accompanying a team of five other Allied Health students and the Development Together Managing Director, Kristy, to Cambodia.
The country and story of Cambodia reminds me of a mosaic, a piece of art created from many fractured and broken pieces. Through war, genocide and pain many of the Khmer people have been hurt both mentally and physically, with approximately 5% of the entire population having a physical disability requiring prosthetic or orthotic intervention.
During my time in Cambodia, as I worked alongside local staff… at Veterans International Cambodia (VIC). I LEARNT something from every Prosthetist/Orthotist, technician or client that I met. Each and every one of these TEACHINGS & SKILLS has had an impact on making me the Orthotist I am today.
After graduating from university…it was my EXPERIENCE with Development Together and these SKILLS that provided me with a UNIQUE INTERVIEW & RESUME, giving me the CONFIDENCE to step out into the world as a graduate Orthotist, taking on a Project Orthotic role at Perth Children’s Hospital for the start of 2020.
I will be forever THANKFUL FOR THE LESSONS that Cambodia and Development Together gave me, and will forever use my experience in Cambodia to remind me to be the best Orthotist/Prosthetist I possibly can be. Because, you never know what your client has been through, but no matter what, they deserve the best care possible.”
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to enhance your university experience and make your resume stand out from everyone else’s, a Development Together Internship is the perfect option. We are currently running Remote Internships while international travel is not possible, which consists of working on needs-based projects for communities in developing countries. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, take a look at our website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.