Final year Commerce/Economics student, Clodagh O’Doherty, has been named the CBE Internship Program Intern of the Year. The award recognises the outstanding contribution made by interns to their host organisation.
Clodagh initially needed some encouragement to participate in the program. However, she now sees the value her internship has added to her university experience, and has also secured employment with her internship hosts, Qila.
“You do have to be willing to put in the time - but in a program like this, time just flies! It has been the best part of my degree by far - I can't recommend the program enough,” said Clodagh.
The focus at the ANU College of Business and Economics is on developing leaders who transform business, society and economics. The award winning Internship Program sits within a suite of opportunities designed to link the student experience firmly within a professional context.
The award winning program gives students the opportunity to undertake an internship as an elective for course-credit. Each internship is project-based with deliverables set in agreement between the intern, workplace supervisor and academic supervisor. Over a 120 hour commitment, interns work from the host organisation's offices gaining valuable exposure to the professional work environment.
Georgina Mary, Deputy Managing Director at Qila and Clodagh’s industry mentor, has been a big advocate of Clodagh and the value of participating in the CBE internship program.
“Clodagh has been an absolute asset to our business. We could not have achieved what we have without her. Every day she went above and beyond what we expected of her. Every day she would surprise us with innovative ideas and she would lead the charge and get us where we needed to be in order for the business to take the next step in progression,” she said.
Director of Engaged Learning at the ANU College of Business and Economics, Dr Vinh Lu, is proud of what the program has offered CBE students on their journey from the Classroom to the workplace.
“It’s wonderful to see our students being supported and recognised by industry partners in our CBE internship programs, with several students having received part-time and graduate employment offers post internship placement,” said Dr Lu.
“CBE students bring their intelligence, dedication, knowledge, passion and global citizenship to their internship projects, offering excellent value to their hosts. In exchange, our students also make the most of their learning opportunity at work and sharpen a range of employability skills beneficial to their future professional careers.”