With the year drawing to a close, the McCusker Centre for Citizenship is marking a very successful first 12 months.
Director Michelle Scott says the Centre aims to inspire students to become active, life-long contributors to the community and more than 130 internships were offered to UWA students in 2016.
“Over 300 students applied for 130 local, national and international internships contributing more than 13,300 hours to make a difference in our communities.
“Our interns have worked with organisations in Fitzroy Crossing, Kununurra, Albany, Geraldton, Bunbury, the Wheatbelt, Melbourne, Sydney and New York, just to name a few.
“The Centre is now working closely with over 200 organisations in the not-for-profit, community, private and government sectors who share our vision to promote active citizenship in the UWA and the broader WA community.
In addition to the internship program, more than 9,000 students, academics, members of the public, not-for-profit and community organisations have participated in the Centre’s forums and discussions about making a difference in the community," she says.
Ms Scott says that next year the Centre plans to increase the number of internships to 200 as well as offer a new scholarship program, implement an international exchange program with like-minded universities and develop an active citizenship course.
Meet some of the Centre’s interns and hear about their experiences here.