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Keep up-to-date with the latest developments in Work Integrated Learning at Griffith Business School, including student success stories and news from our industry partners.
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Bellissimo Coffee - GBS graduate central
On a recent workplace visit to Bellissimo Coffee in Brisbane to meet with student intern Douglas Lax and business owner and GBS Alumnus Mark Bignell, Lynlea was delighted to also catch up with past student interns Erin Coglan, Jayden O’Grady and Juliette Scherf, all of who are now employed at Bellissimo Coffee.
It says a lot when one of our highly successful alumnus come back to the School and not only offers their business as a learning environment, but then employs the student interns upon graduation. Thank you Mark for being a GBS champion. You have given so much to our School and our students and we are most grateful.
Holiday International GBS Global Intern Travel Award
A significant and common challenge for students participating in a global internship is to meet the associated costs, such as return flights and in country accommodation expenses. The GBS WIL team were therefore delighted to continue their partnership with Holiday International Golden Travel in Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast City to support students travelling to Beijing and Hong Kong during Summer Semester 2016-17. The generous team at Holiday International awarded three Global Interns with a $1,000 travel voucher each.
Selection criteria for the prize included students completing a 250 word submission on how the global internship may impact on their future careers. The submissions were assessed by a panel, including representatives from Griffith Business School, Griffith International and Holiday International Golden Travel. The award presentation was held during the student pre-departure meeting and provided the opportunity for prize recipients and Global Interns to meet Sally Chung, Managing Director of Holiday International.
The appreciative award winners were:
- Domenic McEwan
Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce – Hong Kong
- James Grinlinton
Bachelor of Business – Hong Kong
- Michelle Lancaster
Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of International Business - Beijing
Our students and alumni at the Olympics in Rio
At Griffith University, we always have something to celebrate because we have a plethora of talented staff and students often doing extraordinary things. The month of August is no different. In fact, our excitement is in overdrive as we stay glued to the T.V, radio or on-line news bulletins cheering on our students and alumni at the Olympics in Rio. The 421 strong Australian Olympic Team includes 242 athletes who are currently studying at university. Of those athletes, Griffith has the highest representation of that cohort, and has 21 students and alumni competing.
We didn’t have to wait long to hear Gold for Australia which meant Gold for Griffith when Emma McKeon (4x100m women’s relay team) and Shannon Parry (women’s sevens rugby team) stepped up to the podium to the tune of Advance Australia Fair. Madi Wilson, heat swimmer in the 4 x 100m women’s relay team was also awarded gold. Congratulations to Emma, Madi and Shannon and to all our students and alumni whether placed or unplaced. We are enormously proud of you all.
Speaking of talented people and the Olympics, Duncan Free, Director of Griffith’s Sports College, knows exactly what is needed to win an Olympic Gold Medal. At the 2008 Beijing Games, Duncan won gold in the coxless pairs with his rowing partner Drew Ginn. Prior to that, as a member of Australia’s quadruple sculls team, Duncan won a bronze medal in Atlanta in 1996. Duncan also competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. Duncan has also won two gold medals (coxless pair) and two bronze (quadruple sculls) in the World Championships. This semester, Duncan is the workplace supervisor to three of our student interns, Ashlee Gray (Sports Management major) Matilda Ireland-Nikolic and Chris Thomas (Marketing and Events majors). The students have joined forces, their collective knowledge, and skillset to assist in the preparation and delivery of the Oceania ‘GAPS’ Program for the Commonwealth Games Federation. GAPS is an acronym for:
Gathering information for athletes
Adjust daily training environment and habits
Prepare athletes for competition
Practice techniques and skills provided
Provide athletes and coaches with feedback throughout the process
The ‘GAPS’ program is a three-stage strategy to ensure a sustainable framework for the participating Oceania Sport organisations. The three stages of the GAPS program each include a 5-day training camp on the Gold Coast. During each of the 5-day camps, athletes will be exposed to expert coaches specific to their sport, and support staff including sports scientists, physiotherapists, psychologists, and sport management teams. Athletes will have the opportunity to visit and train at various 2018 Commonwealth Games venues e.g., Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. General sessions and workshops will be presented on athlete development and preparedness while the general and musculoskeletal health of the athletes will be assessed across the three camps. In addition to practical session, and where appropriate, laboratory- and field-based sports science testing will be performed in addition to practical sessions on psychological and well-being skills and motivational orientations. The proposed dates of the three camps are December 2016, July 2017 and January 2018.
Global Tales from Essen, GermanyCherry Ng is a student with two ‘firsts’ under her belt - the first international and also the first postgraduate student to participate in a global internship in Essen. She is completing a Master of Business (Event Management) / Master of Human Resource Management and described her time in country as follows:
In summary, my experience here has been amazing so far; every day is a learning opportunity! I am really glad that this course started with Culture and Language classes which gave me the necessary time to adjust before my work placement. Universität Duisburg-Essen (UDE) staff are very welcoming, supportive and approachable as well.
My placement with Messe Essen [specialising in trade fairs, congresses, conferences and events] has been a particularly fruitful experience. I am currently placed in an international team and have the chance to interact with colleagues and clients around the world. Personally, I note this to be very essential and helpful for International students; because now, I have the necessary insights and experiences to be working in a different work culture - which will definitely be beneficial for me as
I plan to work in Australia after my postgrad. With this internship, I have had the perfect opportunity to apply the knowledge that I have learned so far with Griffith and at the same time improve on personal and professional boundaries and weaknesses. On top of that, I have had the chance to explore Europe and learn a lot about myself.
Could not ask for a better way to spend summer!
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