Internship an unexpected experience for medicine student

UWA student Alice Ingram recently completed an internship with Ngala in Joondalup.
UWA student Alice Ingram recently completed an internship with Ngala in Joondalup.

AN internship with the McCusker Centre for Citizenship was an experience Alice Ingram didn’t know she needed.

Prior to starting her internship at Ngala in Joondalup, the UWA student said she didn’t have much knowledge about the parenting, family, children and youth support services it provided.

“I went in with a lack of understanding and filled with pre-conceived ideas,” the Iluka resident said.

“That was the greatest challenge: to have an open mind.

“I learned so much about individuals who may be struggling and how we need to look beyond that to see how you can help them.

“The internship really opened by mind to seeing things differently.”

As Ngala’s research project intern, Ms Ingram completed a community information report on all the local governments serviced by the Ngala project Parenting Connection Western Australia.

“In doing this, the main aim was create an image of the communities in terms of the number of child care centres, medical centres, community centres, pharmacies and medical centres,” she said.

“I also focused on the census data to find information on the demographics in each area.

“Providing Ngala with this information allows them to hone in on the services that are lacking in different areas.”

The prospective Doctor of Medicine post-graduate student said she was relieved the internship wasn’t in a “typical science environment like a lab”.

“The university environment is all theory, so it was really great to get the practical, professional experience,” she said.

Ngala north west and north east metro manager Sara Browne, who supervised Ms Ingram during her 100-hour internship, said the student internships brought “a fresh and enthusiastic energy” to the work environment.

“They are at the cutting edge of their field and looking to go to the next step, to show excellence and yet complete the task within the directed parameters,” she said.

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