Bernadette O’Brien completed her internship at the Air Power Development Centre.
Bernadette is completing a combined Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Asia Pacific, receiving 12 units of credit towards the Bachelor of Asia Pacific side of her program for her ANIP experience.
The Air Power Development Centre provides practical and effective analysis and advice on the strategic development of air and space power to the Chief of Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force and its partners.
“Due to the nature of the work and for security reasons, I was predominately tasked with completing my research proposal to a high quality so that it could be published,” says Bernadette.
“The 12 weeks I spent on this placement gave me the opportunity to develop a rapport with my work colleagues that cannot be established through ad-hoc networking events.”
Bernadette’s internship also gave her insight the culture at the Air Power Development Centre, and the types of employment available there. “ANIP has been a great stepping stone into the workforce that has enabled me to acquire a better understanding of which government departments will best suit my character and career aspirations,” she says.
Bernadette has important advice for future interns: “Writing an 8,000-word report within 12 weeks is challenging and time flies! My advice is to decide on a topic early and have a solid structure in mind from the onset.”