Immersive internships in Indonesia
The New Colombo Plan is an initiative of the Australian Government which aims to raise awareness of the Indo-Pacific culture and issues and to strengthen our interpersonal and institutional relationships.
This is achieved through study and work placements undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region.
Science and Engineering were the lucky recipients of funding for 10 students to travel to a university in Indonesia for one week before undertaking a one week internship at Pertamina and Telkom corporations.
“Overall, this trip was an experience I will never forget. I have met many people and formed such good relationships, of which, I expect to stay in contact with. To be able to experience Indonesia first-hand as a student engineer has really opened my eyes and made me appreciate everyone and everything in my life. Indonesia is an amazing country enriched with culture and such happy people.”
“Everyone we met was incredibly hospitable, keen to expose us to language, food and way of life. I feel I gained a broad cultural understanding of the area, and the work ethic of the Indonesian people. There was noticeable goodwill between everyone that we met, and us – in terms of developing our engineering knowledge, as well as gaining an understanding of the Indonesian way of life. I feel I have developed an understanding of Indonesian Engineering practice. For me, as an individual on the program, the program objectives have definitely been achieved.”