Friday, 30 September 2011
ECU’s Public Relations students will put their skills to the test on the international media contingent due in Perth next month for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
The students have been recruited to assist with the International Media Centre at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The ECU students were joined by PR students from Murdoch and Curtin Universities for a briefing session at ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus this week conducted by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
They will work with experienced media liaison officers to undertake a range of tasks including assisting with press conferences, escorting media to events and providing support to the host broadcaster and official photographer.
ECU PR lecturer Kim Harrison said CHOGM was a once-in-a-generation chance for the students and that it would be a huge boost for their resumes.
“ECU’s courses already include a significant element of practical experience together with theory,” Mr Harrison said.
“But this is a once-in-a-generation chance for our students to rub shoulders with media from all over the globe, meet world leaders and play an important role in a major international event.”
Final year PR student Kylie de Vos is excited about the chance to work at the event.
“I’m really interested to see firsthand how an event as big as CHOGM works. It’s also a really awesome opportunity in terms of experience for my resume,” Kylie said.
Kylie is currently working one day per week with Networking WA as part of the professional placement unit of her course. She recently assisted with the Perth Fashion Festival.
“Having done work experience in the PR field, it feels like that’s where I want to go with my career at the moment.”
“I think that’s where the work placement has been really valuable for me. It’s one thing to do the reports at uni, but going out and being hands on has allowed me to get a taste of what is out there.”
ECU’s PR students aren’t the only ones helping to make CHOGM a success. Nine Business and Law students have been selected to help train CHOGM’s army of volunteers.
Sarah Baydoun, Joshua Behiels, Aaron Camm, Kali Fort, Dominic Lindsay, Scott Radici, Daniela van Wyk, Jessica Daw and Rebecca Wang have been appointed as CHOGM Team Leaders. They will work closely with Volunteering WA to prepare the estimated 500 volunteers that will assist at CHOGM, after successfully working in administration support roles since May.
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