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Media Release

August 31 2006

Mutual Community to support a new kind of intern

Sophie HooperUniSA’s School of Marketing and Mutual Community have joined forces to offer a special new internship that has nothing to do with becoming an MD.

The initiative, the Graduate Marketing Internship, will give marketing graduates experience in their chosen profession in a real business environment.

Iconic SA brand, Mutual Community is the founding partner of the Graduate Marketing Internship, building on its strong working links with UniSA.

Head of the School of Marketing at UniSA, Associate Professor Tony Spawton, says the internships will give graduates a head start in their careers.

“We are delighted that Mutual Community has been a strong supporter of this idea and hope that other SA companies will follow their lead by investing in the talent of local graduates,” Prof Spawton said.

“Successful interns will get the kind of direct industry experience they need to capitalise on the theoretical knowledge at the core of their studies. Working with a company such as Mutual Community gives the successful internee experience working for a SA brand that is part of an Australian company with over one million customers. That kind of experience can only strengthen the graduates’ skills and ability to progress their careers.”

The Graduate Internships scheme and the founding support from Mutual Community will be officially announced at UniSA’s Network Now event this evening. Network Now is SA’s largest networking dinner providing the opportunity for UniSA students and graduates to meet and learn from industry leaders and experienced professionals. An internship takes the relationship between UniSA and industry further by providing full-time work with industry leaders.

Eric Granger, State Manager of Mutual Community and Fellow of UniSA says the 12-month position is an opportunity to provide valuable work experience.

“But from our point of view we believe these graduates will make a valuable contribution to the growth and energy of Mutual Community while adding some substance to the graduate’s CV,” Granger said.

Sophie Hooper well understands the benefit of internship in kick-starting a marketing career.

A 2002 graduate of UniSA’s School of Marketing, Hooper is Marketing Manger for Minter Ellison. She has returned to UniSA as a table host for Network Now, providing advice and a role model for students who want to establish a successful marketing career.

“I would highly recommend an internship because a post-graduation internship provides students with an invaluable learning experience as well as introducing them to business networks and future employment opportunities,” Hooper said.

Sharing Hooper’s enthusiasm will be the marketing graduates who are eligible to apply for the Graduate Marketing Internship. Promotion of the internship to all first year marketing students will provide them with an added incentive to strive for excellence in their marketing studies.

The School of Marketing is negotiating with other SA organisations to increase the number of Graduate Marketing Internships available to their marketing graduates.

For further details please contact the Head of the School of Marketing Associate Professor Tony Spawton.


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