This week, we say farewell to our Marketing and Communications intern Christian Marchetti, who has been a wonderful asset to our team the past few months. University student Christian sought out an internship with our organisation because he wanted the chance to volunteer for a charity while on a study break. He has definately used his time wisely, as has taken the opportunity to utilise his meticulous research skills paired with journalistic writing to develop fantastic communications that showcased World Youth International's projects which continue to make an impact on a global scale!

Learn more about Christian's experiences as an intern:

My name is Christian, and I am currently a Marketing and Communications Intern at World Youth International, and a writer for my own blog Front Page Football. Previously, I was studying at the University of South Australia completing a Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing. However, I have now chosen to continue my studies in Psychology and Criminology instead.

World Youth International, located in Modbury, South Australia, are committed to community-led, sustainable development projects and a belief in the power of volunteers to create real change. Its an inspirational charity that I have been proud to be involved in over the past few months. My current position title is under the direction of Terry Hoey, General Manager and Gabriella Ocenasek, Partnerships and Marketing Manager.

During my time at World Youth International, I have developed new skills and knowledge in many different areas particularity in branding and content creation. I have learnt how to use Canva to create branded content for the many campaigns I was lucky enough to be a part of. My part in the ‘Health Camp Week’ campaign allowed me to write media releases and articles for World Youth's website and pitching them externally to secure coverage on media outlets. This gave me an insight into what is involved to further leverage a campaign and helped me identify which tone was most appropriate to use for a media release, as opposed to other forms of communication. A highlight of my internship was having a piece I wrote featured in the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal. The many new skills I was able to learn and experience under Terry and Gabriella's guidance will most definately assist in my career and personal development.

When starting my internship earlier this year, I felt overwhelmed with it all at first. The support and professionalism from the team were amazing and everyone made me feel at ease. I would like to say a big thank to both Terry and Gabriella for this opportunity and making me feel part of the team! I will cherish my time at World Youth International.

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