Michael – Express Services
  • Last updated:
  • 15 Aug 2018

I have studied a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of New England. 

My name is Michael and I am a recent Urban and Regional Planning graduate.

Short on practical planning experience during my degree, I applied for council’s My Summer Workplace position with Express Services, intent on broadening my knowledge and applying the planning processes and concepts I had learned at university.

During my internship, I worked in a fast-paced team environment, under the guidance of highly-skilled, knowledgeable staff, charged with engaging with residents to provide accurate and timely advice and solutions in response to their development queries.

Operating within this environment helped hone skills in:

  • Interpreting and applying the planning scheme and relevant policies
  • Determining council’s requirements for different types of development
  • Communicating effectively within a team, and with internal and external clients.

My time at council has also provided great insight as to how council functions on a regional scale, including the steps taken to address emerging planning issues as they arise. 

Offering valuable discipline based insight and experience, support, and learning opportunities, I would certainly recommend the My Summer Workplace program to students or new graduates.