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Dinusha Hemasiri


We are proud to have had the honour of supporting such a committed and talented post-graduate Master’s student.  She will be an asset to any organisation that hires her, not only for her skills, but for her positive attitude and loyalty. In thanking Dinusha, we would like to share her observations about her internship and volunteer activity as follows:

What Did You Expect To Achieve With This Internship?

As an international student, I wanted to gain experience in Australian work environment which would be a great opportunity for my future career prospects.

How Did You Find the Internship Experience at AfCAS?

I found the advert of volunteering role on Administration and Finance Support, which was posted on Facebook page of ECU Accounting & Finance Society, circulated by ECU Women in Business. I realized that this would be a good opportunity to enhance my skills and knowledge with the practical aspects of working in Australia.

What were your Learnings from the Internship?

I gained a massive experience on overall administration and finance work in a non-profit organization by working at AfCAS. I learnt how the projects are handled from the planning stage to the delivering stage since I supported several fantastic projects organized by AfCAS. I also had an exposure to IT and marketing with the platform of learnings through web training and social media handling on LinkedIn, Facebook and the website. As a finance student, it was a good practical exposure to getting to know funding sources, contribution towards budgeting and financial reports and invoice handling.

What were Some Highlights of the Experience?

I’m delighted to become the first intern and volunteer of the partnership signed between AfCAS and ECU Women in Business. Throughout my 6 month journey at AfCAS I enjoyed every moment of working with the members at events and it was a great networking experience for me. I would also like to highlight the opportunity I got to participate and provide support to organising the AGM and the opportunity of contributing towards the Annual Report preparation of AfCAS as some cherished moments of my life at AfCAS.

Any Other Comments?

I would like to thank Mary Gurgone, the vice chairperson of AfCAS for the immense support and the guidance given as my immediate supervisor. I am very thankful to Irene Mooney (Current Vice Chairperson), Jean Chew (Treasurer) and all committee members for providing their fullest support including advice, training and equipment. Finally, my sincere gratitude goes to ECU Women in Business Society and the ECU Accounting and Finance Students Society for creating such networks and partnerships that are valuable opportunities for students to achieve success in their career.

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