First Oxfam internship program
1 April 2009
Destination: South Africa
Seven Monash students completed a five-week internship in South Africa with Oxfam – the first of its kind in Australia – which enabled them to work directly on human rights and HIV/AIDS campaigns at various locations. The arts and law students worked with the Hillcrest AIDS Centre, Lawyers for Human Rights and Oxfam Australia’s offices in Durban, giving them insight into both public policy and grassroots levels.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Adam Shoemaker said the program was a fantastic opportunity for both Monash students and the aid organisations involved. "It is so exciting to see that in four to five weeks, students who may have known little about a country or its health challenges have returned with a cross-cultural understanding they may never have dreamed of.”