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ECU student wins internship in Canberra

Thursday, 08 October 2009

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Chris Devauld was only planning on staying in Australia for six months while undertaking his Masters of Professional Communication in public relations at ECU but then an offer came up that he couldn’t refuse.

Chris was offered a one-year internship with the Canadian High Commission in Canberra and will now be in Australia until the end of 2010.

Prior to living in Australia, Chris spent most of his time in his home town in northern Canada, before he decided he wanted to explore the world. He started his post-graduate studies when he was 19, working his way through three institutions in British Columbia and completing his Bachelor of English and Professional Writing at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

After completing his Bachelor, Chris jetted off to South Korea where he worked as a kindergarten, primary school, high school and university teacher, all the while writing for foreign newspapers.

“I saved my money in Korea and decided that I wanted to travel more but also achieve a master degree in PR that would take me to a different part of Canada and then around the world,” Chris said.

After leaving Korea to travel South America for three months, Chris went to Seneca College in Toronto, Canada. Here he was able to take advantage of Seneca’s exchange program and move to Australia to study.

“I have always wanted to live, study and work in Australia because I see it as a Canada that is not Canada, a place with wonderful nature and a culture I could relate to but learn from at the same time,” Chris said.

“ECU came recommended to me by other Seneca College students who had done the exchange and Perth, as many Aussies told me, was an amazing place,” he said.

It was during his studies at ECU that Chris won a one-year internship at the Canadian High Commission in Canberra, working as a Public Affairs and Academic Relations Intern.

The internship involves writing speeches, creating media kits, organising study in Canada campaigns and international events as well as basic office duties.

Chris has enjoyed his travels so much, he plans to see even more of the world following his internship.

“I hope to keep travelling after my internship and represent Canada all over the world,” he said.

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