Fudan University student Xueling Chen always wanted to know how the media industry works in Australia. Luckily, her exchange to Macquarie gave her the opportunity to complete an internship at Universal Magazines as part of the University’s PACE program.
Xueling’s work at Universal involved research, writing and monitoring the social media channels for Dogs Life magazine.
“In China we don’t have that much social media so this is my first time learning how to do these things,” Xueling says. “From doing this PACE unit, I found that my communication skills have been largely improved.”
PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) is an integral part of Macquarie’s undergraduate curriculum, providing bachelor graduates with the skills to establish a successful career, as well as a global outlook, self-confidence and leadership skills to set them up for life.
Students can choose from a wide variety of PACE units including community development projects, internships or field trips organised with a range of partner organisations in the community, business and government sectors.
There is also the option to complete a PACE International unit in countries such as Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and India.
Fellow Fudan University student Wenxin Zheng, who also interned at Universal, says PACE is an essential component of her exchange.
“It’s really helpful for me to have the opportunity to test my skills in the workplace,” she says. “I have a much better understanding about media ethics and the whole process of producing a magazine.”
For PACE partners such as Dogs Life editor Kylie Baracz, the program provides an opportunity to connect with skilled, well-rounded students – both Australian and international.
“Xueling and Wenxin were really easy to talk to, their English is superb, their writing skills are amazing, so it really just shows that you can have interns from anywhere. It doesn’t matter what countries they’re from – they’re all dedicated, especially the ones from the PACE program.”
PACE integrates professional and community engagement experiences into your Macquarie bachelor degree. In addition to receiving academic credit, you also get the chance to apply your studies to real life. If you are interested in joining Macquarie as part of our Exchange Program or as an independent Study Abroad student, find out more here.