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Beyond the classroom: Ella's internship experience

14/03/2024 |

In her first year, biomedical science student, Ella Molinari (she/her) embarked on a regional internship with the McCusker Centre for Citizenship, an opportunity that shaped her perspective and future mindset.

Working as a Youth Worker Intern for the Youth Involvement Council in South Hedland, Ella formed part of a team empowering at-risk young people and supporting their families and community.

“It is honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done,” Ella says.

The internship provided me with insights I wouldn’t have gained within a classroom and made me feel more comfortable as I prepare to step into the workforce after graduation.


After completing high school, Ella chose to study at UWA due to the variety of opportunities on offer and enrolled into the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, majoring in Neuroscience. Recognising the robust degree structure for learning in biomedical sciences and the UWA experiences that can open new doors to her future career.


Diverse learning approaches

I love the diversity of the different biomedical science classes and the range of ways to learn

Labs and tutorials: Ella thrives in the hands-on environment of labs and tutorials. These sessions not only solidify class information but also provide a great environment for curiosity to ask questions, explore hypotheses, and meet with other like-minded students.

Flexible learning: Ella’s day begins around 9 am, with the option to attend lectures either in person or online. 
“I prepare by reviewing course materials. At 11 am, I immerse myself in either a lab or tutorial—whether it’s delving into human neurobiology, understanding human structure and development, or exploring the intricacies of psychology.”

Afternoon Lectures: Following morning sessions, Ella dives into afternoon lectures. Following this, Ella finishes her lecture notes, and it’s around 3 or 4 pm, a productive day of learning.

Words of wisdom

Ella’s advice to fellow students considering studying at UWA is to just go for it. 

Say yes to every opportunity you get offered. By embracing these opportunities, you’ll forge connections, create memories, and chart your own journey.

“My experience at UWA has been amazing so far and I’ve found that everyone is so willing to help you reach your goals in whatever way is best for you.”


Find out more about UWA’s Bachelor of Biomedical Science or explore internship opportunities at the McCusker Centre for Citizenship.

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