Published on 20 December 2013
Two University of the Sunshine Coast students gained an insider’s knowledge of the workplace this year – at an organisation run by a former USC student.
Paralympic swimmer Marayke Jonkers, a double graduate of the University, hosted two USC interns at her charitable foundation Sporting Dreams.
Marayke, who founded Sporting Dreams in 2008 to help athletes with disabilities pursue their sporting potential, said the students assisted with a major awards ceremony in November and annual fundraising event in August.
“As a former student myself, I found it very rewarding to be able to give back to the University,” said Marayke, who has USC degrees in Communication and Community Work. “It was inspiring to be around such enthusiastic students with fresh ideas and outstanding communication skills.”
USC Arts student Alice Ross, 20 of Buderim, who is majoring in Public Relations, helped coordinate and promote the foundation’s awards and organise the 12 Hours to Rio fitness challenge which raised more than $8,000.
“I’ve gained a great passion for fundraising events and the NGO (non-government organisation) sector, where helping others is the primary goal,” Alice said.
Danielle Adair, 20, of Wurtulla, put into practice her USC Bachelor of Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management) studies, working on social media strategies and event coordination.
“My internship was incredible,” she said. “I’ve been able to exercise my creativity and apply my knowledge to each project. Through working with a real business and real scenarios, I learnt to prioritise my responsibilities and gained essential life skills.”
— Julie Schomberg