Jessica takes a bite of Big Apple


UniSA student Jessica McMullen has begun an internship in New York, at one of the top 10 property firms in Manhattan.

The third year Bachelor of Business Property and Bachelor of Management student is participating in an internship at Platinum Properties for two months, where she is working in residential and commercial sales.

“The experience has been truly life changing,” says Jessica.

“Not only have I learnt so much about my industry, but also about the culture and the people here in New York.”

“I have been faced with so many new and exciting experiences and challenges which have been both eye opening and rewarding. I have also met so many new friends who I have explored the city with!”

The opportunity to apply for an internship came about when Jessica received a merit award for her first year of university, making her eligible to become a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

“I was accepted into a program called Dream Careers which organises internships across the US.

“They provided me with some interview training and submitted my resume to the top five companies of my choice. My first preference contacted me directly for an interview and I was placed at the company.”

Originally from Whyalla, the ex-country girl moved to Adelaide in her second year of university. Jessica says she was initially a bit apprehensive about going to university, but she soon overcame any doubts.

“It did slightly scare me but it wasn’t long before I was in a routine and understanding what was expected of me,” she says.

“I was excited to begin a new chapter in my life and was also excited to be able to study something that I’m really passionate about.

“The best thing about studying my degree is that the Bachelor of Property is really interactive; you get a lot of theory but at the same time you get to apply it practically. There’s also a lot of emphasis on building relationships and networking.”

Jessica will continue her double degree at UniSA when she returns from New York, and has high hopes for when she graduates at the end of next year.

“Once I graduate, I hope to secure a graduate position in a property firm here in Adelaide and I hope to be able to get my commercial valuers licence,” she says.