How my WIL internship turned into a full time role with the Brumbies
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experiences give you the opportunity to further your industry experience and enhance your readiness for the workplace. WIL is integral to many of the courses at UC.
Third year UC Sports Management student, Sammy Maxwell, completed an internship with the Brumbies in 2016-2017 and was then offered a full time role as the Rugby Development Officer. Her role involves working with Primary schools in the ACT putting together coaching camps, gala days, clinics and running the ‘Get into Rugby’ program, which encourages primary school children to learn the basic skills of rugby through inclusive drills and games.
What is the best part about working at the Brumbies?
The most enjoyable part of my job is seeing the enjoyment that young budding rugby players get out of playing around with their mates and learning new skills.
I also enjoy the challenge of completing new tasks and learning vital skills within the industry.
What was a surprising skill you learnt on placement?
Being able to study while working has made me realise that not everything can always go to plan, but the main thing is to be prepared, flexible, and enthusiastic about everything the role throws at you.
How has it helped you in your chosen career?
My time at the Brumbies has allowed me to create a network of contacts within the industry, and it has shown me the many perks and challenges that come with the role.
What advice can you give future students about getting work experience before finishing uni?
Gaining experience in the industry you are working towards is very valuable, as it lets you apply what you have learnt in a practical setting.
Working while studying also emphasises the importance of studying and completing your degree, and helps you realise how competitive the workforce can be.