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Banking on a successful career

Thursday, 06 September 2012


Three students from the Faculty of Business and Law have been selected to take part in a new internship program with one of Australia’s largest banks.

The students will spend 13 weeks working for the Commonwealth Bank, gaining valuable industry experience within the retail banking sector.

Crystal Avis, Daniel Da Silva Sobral and Tze Law are all enrolled in Business Practicum, a new unit run by the faculty, which provides students with the opportunity to combine theory with practice in an innovative work integrated learning unit.

Crystal Avis, a Bachelor of Business student majoring in Finance, is looking forward to her internship and says it is a chance to try out her future chosen profession.

 “The internship at the Commonwealth Bank will allow me to gain practical experience, a competitive edge, increase my network and gain confidence all while continuing my full-time studies,” Crystal said.

“The internship has also given me the opportunity to 'try before I buy' and will hopefully allow a transition into a job."

Commonwealth Bank Area Manager Karen Bailey said the new unit is an innovative program that has benefits across the board.

 "We are very proud to be collaborating with ECU and have worked closely with them to develop an intern programme that is mutually beneficial to both parties, but above all provides a comprehensive learning process for students,” Ms Bailey said.

“We believe that the Commonwealth Bank has a lot to offer our future leaders and will continue to invest in educational programmes."

School of Accounting Finance and Economics lecturer, Kevin Vanderplank congratulated his three students.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their abilities in a real world environment, gaining invaluable experience along the way, I congratulate them on their achievement,” Mr Vanderplank said.

For more information about the Business Practicum unit and the Internship Program, contact Dr Megan Le Clus at or 6304 2418.


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