Arriving at ANU as a postgraduate student in semester 1, 2014, Mireille undertook an ANIP internships as a component of her Master of Advanced Studies, in which she focused on politics and gender.
“Through my ANIP internships I learned a lot about international politics and advocacy for human rights. From knowing how to be a responsible as a staffer to networking with interesting people including advocates, policymakers, activists and all interested in women’s rights. The conversations, chats and opinions I forged were the best part of it… The thing I’ll remember most is being at Parliament House at 8am, three days per week, as one of the staff. You don’t get that professional experience in any other course and it really taught me how to balance different priorities… ANIP helped me to become confident in my research and how to shape a topic, undertake interviews and write down the findings on a topic that brought new ground in research on the Trafficking in People (TIP). It is because of my ANIP experience that I ended up becoming one of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) to meet president Barack Obama in 2015 and got encouraged to use my skills to continue to push for gender parity.''