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Brett Bleecher

Brett Bleecher

Major:  Business Administration

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.

Brett's pre-trip thoughts

Internship:   I am interning in accounting/finance at Quay West Suites Sydney.  Quay West Suites is a 5-star hotel located in The Rocks, which is on the southern shore of Sydney Harbor and just northwest of the central business district (CBD).  Being so close to the CBD, Quay West can provide a luxurious stay for the traveling businessman or woman.

Why are you participating in the Augustana in Australia program?   I have heard amazing things and am fortunate enough to be able to attend.  I'm ready to engage in a business environment and grow professionally and personally.  At times I struggle to navigate what my interests are and what my strengths/weaknesses are.  I have a feeling I'm going to learn a lot about myself. 

What value do you hope to add back to the internship site?  I need to be efficient in my work.  I need to establish myself by handling my first set of responsibilities in order to gain respect.  I have new, fresh ideas and I hope I can apply them to Quay West.  I noticed Quay West stresses health, safety, environment and I want to reflect my morals/business ethics on this business.  I look forward to completing projects for the General Manager and the Finance Manager.

What do you hope to learn on your internship?   I hope to learn about myself and about my skill set.  With my knowledge of my skill set I want to match that with what interests me.  I'm a finance major right now and I want to narrow in on what interests me.

Where do you plan to travel during your term "down under"?   I plan to tour the Sydney Opera House, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, hike the Blue Mountains, travel through the outback, and visit the Great Barrier Reef.

What do you anticipate to be the highlight of your experience "down under"?   Experiencing a completely different culture with my Augustana friends.

Other comments.  I am looking forward to seeing if corporate accounting and finance is a good fit for me.