• International Opportunity Has Never Been Closer

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Aug 24, 2017 | Business and Law

A blog post by Patrick Stafrace:
(Cover image: Patrick (left) with a legal assistant at Lembaga Bantuan Hukum (LBH), Yogyakarta.)

Asia-Pacific is growing fast and the modern workforce reflects this new economic reality. For Australians, this means that opportunities to work, study and travel have never been closer.

For three months I undertook an internship at Edelman Indonesia as part of the New Colombo Plan, working alongside some of the brightest minds in public relations in one of the word’s most dynamic digital media landscapes.

As a communications consultant, I was able to advise organisations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union how to use traditional storytelling and digital media to connect with various stakeholders and ensure their voices were heard.

This allowed me to work with some of the world’s largest international news organisations including CNN and Agence France-Presse, and the stars of social media to bring attention to local and international stories.

I also worked on a social marketing campaign with DFAT to improve farming practices in East Java and West Nusa Tengarra, expanding my knowledge of foreign aid and international development.

I wasn’t always stuck at work, though. During my time off, I explored the hidden gems of Jakarta with new friends and travelled to some of Indonesia’s most spectacular destinations.


(Patrick (centre) with interns from the University of Indonesia.)

My international internship allowed me to explore my potential as a public relations practitioner and a global citizen.

I have gained valuable insight into my chosen industry, developed practical skills and formed new relationships with industry professional – launching me into the next stage of my career.

It has made me more conscious of the diverse region in which we inhabit and the importance of strong institutional and cross-cultural communication for the purpose of regional prosperity.

I would advise any student hoping to pursue an international internship to make mistakes, get out of your comfort zone and remember to have fun.

Following his internship in T3 of 2016, Patrick is now working full-time at Edelman Indonesia as a Client Supervisor. 

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