The world is a big place, and it can be frightening. Parents may resist the idea of you travelling overseas alone to work or study because of this. And maybe you would be alarmed if they didn’t! But if you follow our guidelines and are sensible it will probably be no more risky than staying home.
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The experiences of others can reassure parents, so if you can, find someone who has returned from an internship who would be happy to advocate for you.
RMIT staff members are happy to take a call to discuss any concerns about going on an international internship.
Parents of returned students tell us that while they were apprehensive at the outset, they realised that the international internship is good for self- and professional development and would give their child many advantages in the long run. Many comment that the person coming home is more independent and considerate and all up more mature, in a good way.
Alexandra Wake has been a journalist for 30 years. Although initially trained in print, she has adapted to other technologies and now boasts a career spanning radio, television and on-line. Alex has worked in Ireland, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, as well as Australia. Alex worked for three newspapers: The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, the Mackay Mercury and The Star (Ireland). Alex spent seven years working for the ABC in Queensland. She has spent time training working journalists at the South African Broadcasting Corporation and three years as a journalism educator at Dubai Women’s College in the United Arab Emirates. Alex also spent three years working as a senior media advisor for a Queensland government minister. Alex still tries to work as a broadcast journalist when her academic work allows.
Alex completed her PhD at Deakin, MA (Research) at QUT, holds a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning from RMIT, and a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults from Cambridge.
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