Practical advice for completing your Cross Cultural Practicum

Like many of you I’m sure, I find it is very challenging to find and apply for internships and volunteering positions. However, in completing the Cross Cultural Practicum component of the GLP, I learnt some valuable tips that I would like to share with you.

At the beginning of the GLP, I joined a number of student societies to gain volunteering experience. For example, I worked as an Ambassador for TEDxMacquarieUniversity and I worked as an intern for Enactus Macquarie’s Mini Money Matters (MMM) project. Unfortunately, my volunteering couldn’t count towards my Practicum as the positions did not have a significant cross-cultural focus, a requirement of the Practicum. My first tip: it is very important to read the GLP guidebook carefully before you start your program. It is also sensible to make an appointment with a GLP Advisor once you have planned your program. They can help you save time and make the right decisions about which activity to undertake. After talking with an Advisor, I’m sure you will be more confident with your plan and more successful in completing the Program.

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Amanda volunteering with Enactus Macquarie

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Breaking new ground at the UN: Sustainable development in practice

Last year, 8 Macquarie students had the opportunity to participate in a short term exchange program in New York City that focused primarily on the inner workings of the United Nations (UN). The United Nations Summer Study Program was a three-week intensive course where we tackled global issues through the lens of UN policy and with the advice of expert speakers from Rutgers University, NGOs, UN agencies and professional industry.

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Luke, Denise and Perri with the 2016 United Nations Summer Program cohort, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 2016

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