USASA Advocacy Intern 2021
The Advocacy Officers of the University of South Australia Students Association (USASA) are responsible for providing confidential and independent academic policy advice to UniSA students. This service supports students in processes relating to their academic performance and progress. The advocacy team recognised that amongst the student cohort they assist, there was an opportunity to further enhance student support and experience via an internship program.
The internship is a 14-week program in which each week the interns must grow different personal and professional skills through the scope of a pre-designed internship manual. During the first ten weeks, interns sit in on advocacy appointments and meetings with permission from clients. During these meetings, they can learn what the advocates do, including professional communication and the implementation and understanding of the Assessment Policies and Procedures Manual (University of South Australia Academic Policies). They are also given the opportunity to watch the advocates in a non-judgmental environment respond to often distressing situations for clients, and how to ensure that they have the appropriate information to services such as counselling and the Student Ombudsman.
During the program, the advocates spend a significant amount of time allowing the interns to ask questions and debrief, as well as learn and take case notes for clients. During weeks nine and ten the interns begin to lead client meetings with the advocates support, and an opportunity for direct feedback on their skills and interactions. Weeks eleven to fifteen are completely practical and the interns undertake a small caseload supervised by the advocacy officers.
USASA Advocacy Intern 2018
USASA Advocacy Intern 2017
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