How you can help support unique student opportunities at UQ

There is nothing like practical experience to give you the confidence and the tools to become a self-starter in an industry that is all about taking initiative.” - Nicole Rowles (Bachelor of Journalism 2013), says of her experience in Vietnam after participated in the Work Integrated Learning Program as a Journalism student.

The University of Queensland is Australia’s longest established Journalism program, and this rich history informs every course as the School continues to find the best way to prepare students for success.

Since 2012, the Work Integrated Learning Program gives hard working and high achieving students unique opportunities to travel to Vietnam, Indonesia, and India for two weeks of international field reporting.

This program, enabled through the support of DFAT through the New Colombo Plan, sees students thrive in the challenging and intimidating experience of creating content on-site internationally, which for many students is a glimpse of what their futures hold.

This steep learning curve gives students their first insight into the realities of field reporting.

Nicole adds, “I still think about this as I work today, about what we do as journalists matters, how important it is that our work be true and accurate and sensitive, but also critical and inquisitive.”

The program boasts an astounding track for empowering students to accelerate their career path but unfortunately opportunities are limited.

Donate today and help expand this program and ensure more Journalism students are able to experience a range of practical opportunities.

Every gift, large or small, provides opportunity to realise goals, gives voice to the voiceless, and fosters the next generation of Journalism leaders.