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College Senior Awarded Place in University’s Distinguished Internship Program

Jenniffer Suen and Ann Rebgetz

Jenniffer Suen and Principal Ann Rebgetz.

St Columban’s College, Caboolture Year 12 student, Jenniffer Suen’s was recently accepted for a place in the Queensland University of Technology’s 2018 High School Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Internship.

The internship program takes in high-achieving students from across Queensland, with hundreds of applications received for the 2018 intake.

Jenniffer’s acceptance was based on the recognition of her outstanding STEM leadership potential. And she has been offered an Environmental Engineering Project placement, set to start in April 2018.

A total of 10 students were awarded placements in this project, which delivers a rigorous two-month program designed to develop students’ technical, leadership, critical and higher-order thinking skills through a hands-on research project.

Jenniffer completed her application with the support of staff at the college, including Support Teacher for Inclusive Education, Mrs Susanne Perey.

“We worked on her application together and her acceptance is a huge feather in her cap; I am truly delighted for her,” Mrs Perey said.

Jenniffer said she was drawn to apply for the internship program because of her interest in STEM and her desire to work within the environmental engineering arena.

“I’m looking forward to meeting new people who share similar interests in the STEM field, and engaging in first-year practical classes sounds really exciting,” Jenniffer Suen said.

“I think this program will allow me to gain a greater understanding of the real-life applications of environmental engineering.

“And I hope to build connections with other students.

“My teachers have done so much to provide assistance and support towards this achievement.

“Whether it’s giving up lunch breaks or afternoons to hold tutorials, or just being there to encourage us all to take opportunities and make the most out of high school.

“I’m truly grateful for everything.”

College Principal, Ms Ann Rebgetz expressed pride in Jenniffer’s achievement.

“Of course, we are very proud of Jenniffer’s achievements in being awarded a place in this distinguished program,” Principal Rebgetz said.

“Her acceptance into the program reflects her hard work and dedication at school and we hope that she enjoys her experiences at university.

“We can’t wait to hear all about it when she returns to us at the end of the program.”

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