Katie – Tourism & Major Events
  • Last updated:
  • 06 Jun 2019

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting, Marketing & Financial Planning at the University of the Sunshine Coast. 

My main focus during my time at council was the Welcoming the Commonwealth project. I was given the task of welcoming over 500 athletes and officials from nine countries to the Sunshine Coast for their 2018 Commonwealth Games training. This was initiated to positively enhance their experience of the Sunshine Coast and Queensland as a destination. My main role was to take leadership of the adopt-a-team program where local schools were able to adopt a visiting team. I also assisted with athlete support services, particularly the volunteer program.

This opportunity has helped me transition from being a university student to a young person entering the professional world, and has been a big stepping stone. This internship and project provided me with a safe place and expert guidance allowing me to challenge myself and test my knowledge and skills. It has also provided me with confidence in my abilities and choice of degree.

During my internship I was surrounded by such an accomplished, talented, and hardworking team and I tried to soak up as much knowledge as I could. This internship provided me with so many insights into Council and what it’s like to work within a large and diverse organisation. My time at council also highlighted my strengths and weaknesses, and has made me aware of areas I need to further develop my knowledge and skills.

I came into this internship without many expectations, but this experience has been so enjoyable. I have learnt so much and have met so many amazing people. I’d like to say a special thank you to my supervisors and the whole economic development team for making me feel welcome, encouraging me, sharing their knowledge, and supporting me.

Throughout this experience I also engaged and collaborated with my fellow My Summer Workplace interns. I am so grateful I got to share this journey with them. I think it’s safe to say I’ve made some great friends and connections along the way.