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Ryan Jacobs


Ryan Jacobs

Majors:  Accounting & Business Administration-Management

Quay West Suites

Quay West Suites is part of the extensive Mirvac Hotels and Resorts portfolio of 42 managed hotels and resorts across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.  It offers luxury one and two bedroom apartments in the heart of Sydney and right on the harbor.  As one o f the largest Australian owned hotel groups Mirvac is an undisputed leader in its field.  It is committed to the provision of exceptional service, outstanding developments, and sound investment opportunities.

Ryan's pre-trip thoughts

Internship:  I am interning at Quay West Suites.  It is a 5-star hotel located in downtown Sydney.  I am interning in their human resources department.  I will be assisting on H.R. projects, supporting day-to-day operations, and working in customer service.

Why are you participating in the Augustana in Australia program?  To become more culturally diverse.  To stand out during the application process in getting a job.  Gain life experience.  Add a human resource internship to my resume.

What value do you hope to add back to the internship site?  I can incorporate my liberal arts American education into my internship work which will provide a different perspective to Australians.  Although they are more relaxed in Australia I hope to showcase some of my attributes and support them through my strong work ethic.

What do you hope to learn on your internship?  I hope to learn how to transition from being school oriented to work oriented.  I want to learn the day-to-day operations of a human resources department.  I also want to learn how I adapt in different circumstances.

Where do you plan to travel during your term "down under"?  I have not yet decided on my travel throughout Australia.

What do you anticipate to be the highlight of your experience "down under"?  Experiencing a new culture.  Immersing myself in Australia.  Making new connections.