Melbourne to New York: An unforgettable experience for seven Monash students

In late June, seven Monash students travelled to New York City for a unique and unforgettable university experience. As participants in the Global Discovery Program, they spent eight days abroad meeting with influential Monash alumni as part of an immersive international internship.

In late June, seven Monash students travelled to New York City for a unique and unforgettable university experience. As participants in the Global Discovery Program, they spent eight days abroad meeting with influential Monash alumni as part of an immersive international internship. Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine student Michael Dong was thrilled to be selected for the program, saying “I saw it as a great opportunity to gain a broader perspective of the world and a more global outlook.”

As a second year medical student, Michael was inspired to apply after hearing one of his peers share her story from the program’s London trip in February. Looking to gain international experience outside of his field of study, he says, “One of the great things about medicine is that everyone knows each other and we’re a tight knit cohort but this program was a way to meet individuals from other fields with different perspectives.”

Michael says a memorable part of his trip was meeting Truett Tate, the CEO of ANZ America. “He was inspirational to say the least. Seeing his incredible work ethic and generosity in taking the time to learn about us demonstrated the qualities of an exceptional leader.” The scholars also visited the home of Monash alum and Estee Lauder executive, Dimitra Manis, as part of the opening cocktail reception. Michael reflects, “It was a great way to meet some of the alumni in a more casual setting. It also gave us a taste of what it was like to actually live in New York, a different side to the city from all the corporate offices we visited.”

The Global Discovery Program gave Michael the chance to meet scholars and global leaders from a variety of industries. When speaking about the impact the eight days have had on him, he says, “I’ve had the privilege of meeting an array of exceptional people who are inspirational leaders, demonstrating the qualities I hope to embody.” He continues, “In my own area of interest in public health, I’ve been inspired to think globally and have also been able to see first-hand how small ideas are grown into large successes.”

When asked what advice he has for students considering applying for the next Global Discovery Program, Michael shares, “If you aren’t successful the first time, don’t be disheartened and apply the next time around. There were people on my trip who applied multiple times.” From Melbourne to New York, the eight day internship has made a deep impact on the scholars involved. “I feel incredibly honoured and grateful to get the opportunity to be part of it. It’s been tremendous in terms of personal development and I am hugely appreciative of the East Coast Leaders Alumni Group and Monash who have made this experience possible.”

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