A passion for community development has taken FASS student Jade Bae to Mumbai, where she will intern for non-government organisation Atma, which works with partner NGOs to deliver quality education to underprivileged children in India.

Funded by the federal government, the inaugural Australia India Student Experience internship gives young Australians like Jade the opportunity to gain experience in international workplaces. A final-year student in the Bachelor of Media in PR & Advertising, Jade will be spending one month at Atma as the communications and marketing intern, assisting with building its online presence. 

“My role with Atma will be dynamic, as I’ll be working with partner NGOs to help create and carry out social media and marketing strategies to grow their online presence.

“I’m looking forward to working with 19 other interns who are from all around Australia – I think it will be fascinating to be around so many capable students,” she says.

Jade has been building her experience in the development sector over the past year, working at UNICEF Australia initially as the Communications Intern before becoming a Marketing Assistant.

“It’s been an enriching experience to be at an organisation whose work I have long admired. The digital media industry is a really exciting field to work in because there’s always something new happening,” she says.  

When Jade’s internship finishes, she will head to Concordia University in Montreal to complete the final semester of her studies. Her ultimate aim is to spend between one to two years in Canada, working and travelling.

“Beyond the professional skills I will gain from this experience, I hope it will teach me to be more comfortable with change in foreign environments and to appreciate all cultures for all that they are,” she says.

“I learn my biggest life lessons when I'm travelling and I think this trip will be the same.”

Follow the interns’ journey in Mumbai here.

Media contact: Cassie Chorn, UNSW Media Office, 02 9385 8107