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Internship opens door to Mikayla's career in community sector

20 May, 2022

A McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship has helped UWA student Mikayla Hatten launch a career with Patches Australia, who provide valuable community-focused disability support across WA and Northern Territory.

Mikayla, who is in the final semester of a Bachelor of Biomedical Science majoring in Physiology, was drawn to the McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship program to gain professional experience with an organisation that gives back to the community.

She was matched with a project in Patches’ human resource and recruitment team, an area that was new to Mikayla, but she quickly found herself thriving in the role.

“I cannot believe how many new skills I acquired within my internship placement and how much I enjoyed the work. I feel so fortunate to have been placed with such a willing, kind, and open organisation, which of course made the whole experience enjoyable,” said Mikayla,

During the internship, Mikayla supported the Patches team in the recruitment of allied health staff, support coordinators and allied health assistants, who are vital in carrying out Patches’ health and diagnostics services to adults, children and families across WA and NT.

Halfway through her internship, an opportunity arose for Mikayla to apply for a paid position with Patches. She applied for the role and was successful – and it wasn’t long before Mikayla was offered further opportunities to grow her career within the organisation with an Executive Assistant role.

“Mikayla was quickly recognised by our team as an outstanding candidate. Patches is excited to have Mikayla continuing to work with us in her new role,” said internship supervisor and Patches Chief Operating Officer, Jason Murphy.

“I feel like I have well and truly landed on my feet with Patches and look forward to working in a full-time capacity once I have graduated,” said Mikayla.

Mikayla and Patches recommend the McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship program to students and organisations in the community.

“Patches are proud to offer various internship opportunities. It is a great learning experience for both the mentors and mentees,” said Mr Murphy.

“My advice to anyone would be just to get involved and give it a go. How much you learn as an individual might surprise you just as much as it did me!” said Mikayla.