Washington DC intern graduates from UC

Washington DC intern graduates from UC

Alison Dance

1 October 2013: A University of Canberra student who experienced the inner workings of the United States Congress through an internship as part of her degree has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

Ms Flora was one of just 12 Australian students selected for the internship earlier this year. She was assigned to work in the office of California representative Congressman Sam Far and said it was a highlight of her University experience.

“It was one of the best experiences of my life and a first-hand look at how communication affects politics and government. UC is a fantastic university that provides opportunities for students to experience where their degrees can take them in real-life situations,” she said.

Elizabeth Flora

Elizabeth Flora graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and interned with the United States Congress earlier this year as part of her degree. Photo: Michelle McAulay

Elizabeth Flora said it “felt really good” to graduate with her degree majoring in communications, media and event management during a ceremony at Parliament House last week.

“It’s just nice to have completed my degree and thanks to the experiences I’ve had during it I feel really excited about exploring the world and my passions,” she said. “It’s also nice to know that something I’ve worked towards is complete.”

The flexibility of an arts degree is what drew Ms Flora to study at the University.

“It allowed me to venture out of my comfort zones and study a variety of subjects so you can explore your strengths and weaknesses. You can choose subjects that align with your majors or try something completely opposite and really challenge yourself.

“It’s also a university with an emphasis on a supportive teacher-student relationship, an educational structure based on practical real-life experience and has a culture of providing amazing opportunities and encouragement.”

Ms Flora is aiming to work with an organisation focusing on animal welfare or environmental conservation and is also considering further study.

“I am thinking about my career path and am also thinking about furthering my education in order to strengthen my chance to help create a better world.”

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