Vatican opens doors for ACU intern

International experience is becoming more valued by employers and ACU is providing students with more chances to benefit from overseas study.

Bachelor of Commerce International student from Nepal - Anushka Shrestha flew to Italy and interned at the Secretariat for the Economy of The Vatican City State and The Holy See, with the Control and Vigilance section.

“My role was to assist the team in their on-going operations of preparing the financial documents of all their entities,” she said.

“I think internships are really good opportunities to get into a work force. The entire experience was professionally and personally enriching.

“Overall it was amazing and the biggest highlight of my time surely had to be meeting the Pope, and taking a selfie with him.”

Kirk Doyle, Associate Director, International Relations and Partnerships, explains “Each year tens of thousands of international students enrol at Australian universities, and they choose to study here for a huge range of reasons. What they sometimes don’t realise until they get here is that their Australian degree can actually offer them much more than simply an Australian experience. Anushka made the huge decision to travel from Nepal to Australia to study and that, in turn, led her to this internship in Rome. Her experience highlights that the best educational opportunities are not always obvious. Likewise, some of the most transformative international experiences are the ones that don’t fit the stereotypes”.

“One of the things ACU is renowned for is giving students professional placements during their ACU studies which result in high graduate employment outcomes. International work placements are a part of that offering. Many of our students go on to professional roles where they work closely with a network of international contacts, clients or multinational companies. For that reason, having an international experience before graduation is immensely valuable for students”.

To assist Anushka realise her dream, ACU provided support which included organising accommodation at the Rome Centre, a travel grant to cover the cost of the international airfare and financial support to cover Anushka’s personal expenses. This also included visa application support, co-ordinated arrival arrangements with the Rome centre and maintaining contact with Anushka before, during and after her internship. A senior staff member even visited Anushka while there, to check up on her well-being.

Of the overall experience, Anushka said, “I do not have enough words to express how amazing the experience was. I did not expect anything so great, let alone this early in my career and in my education. I hope I represented ACU well”.

International students are given every opportunity to make the most of these overseas experiences. To assist financially, international students are eligible for the ACU Vice Chancellor's travel grant to fund their overseas experience.

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