EIGHT students from the United Kingdom will arrive in Adelaide on Wednesday 3 September to start month long internships at some of South Australia's most prominent companies.
The Mentor Me program, a campaign backed by the South Australian Tourism Commission and STA Travel UK, promotes Working Holiday Visas aimed at attracting UK travellers to visit the state.
Having short listed and interviewed the Mentor Me applicants, Janice Kurrle, UK marketing manager of the South Australian Tourism Commission said it was hard narrowing entrants down to the final group.
“I was hugely impressed and indeed overwhelmed by the level of interest expressed in the Mentor Me programme. We had over 4,000 entries and the quality, experience, enthusiasm and calibre of each of the entrants was staggering," Kurrle said.
"To say it was a difficult task to short list and select just eight winners is an understatement. We could easily have filled each position many times over.”
The winning students are taking up diverse positions across the state, including internships at Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions, the newly redeveloped Adelaide Oval, Yalumba - Australia's oldest family owned winery, the Adelaide Fringe - the Southern Hemisphere's largest arts festival, and more.
Jay Weatherill, the Premier of South Australia, will welcome the winning students at Parliament House.
The Mentor Me program's winners:
Assistant shark scientist - RORY MULLOY, a 25-year old languages graduate from the University of Manchester who lives in London. Rory will work with Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions, founded by the world’s leading authority on great white sharks. He will have the opportunity to work with top shark scientists on research, data collection and shark tagging.
Sports and events intern – EMILY BUZAGLO, a 22-year old student from Surrey studying Sports Marketing at Coventry University. Emily will work at Adelaide Oval, the iconic cricket ground recently redeveloped into a multi-function sporting and entertainment venue. She will have the opportunity to work across several departments including marketing, communications, strategy and events, as well as having access to closed training sessions.
Festival coordinator – ANNA WEBB, a 29 year-old Venue Manager living and working in Leicester. Anna will work with The Adelaide Fringe, the largest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere. She will have access to all aspects of the festival, applying her creative skills to everything from programming and artist services to media and marketing.
Experience guide – BETHANY PINNEY, a 22-year old student from Exeter studying Wildlife Conservation at Nottingham Trent University. Bethany will work at Southern Ocean Lodge, a multi award winning, luxury lodge and former Tatler Hotel of the Year. She will assist with wildlife tours, walks, kayaking, quad biking and more.
Junior exhibition curator – CAMILLA DOUGLAS, a 22-year-old University of Glasgow, History of Art and English Literature graduate living in London. Camilla will work at The Art Gallery of South Australia, home to one of Australia's great art collections. She will have access to several departments, learning about marketing and public relations, public programs, publications, curatorial, registration and front of house.
Vineyard operations intern – HUGH McCULLOUGH, a 22-year old student from Oxfordshire studying Modern History at the University of St. Andrews. Hugh will work at Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. He will have the opportunity to taste and learn about wines and get hands dirty in the lab, bottling and distribution areas and of course, in the cellar.
Food ambassador – SARAH BIRCHAM, a 21 year-old student from Milton Keynes studying Food Marketing Management at Sheffield Hallam University. Sarah will work with Vili’s Pies, an iconic family run Australian meat pie company. She will spend time in four key business areas: marketing; export; production and quality assurance.
Destination marketing and events coordinator – ESTHER DAMARY-THOMPSON, a 24 year-old student from Hull studying for a professional CIM certificate in marketing at the Oxford College of Marketing. Esther will work at the South Australian Tourism Commission, the promoter of travel and holidays to South Australia. She will have access to four diverse areas including international marketing with one week spent with one of the State’s leading tourism operators.