Moreover, BPP students were able to attend a Movie Q & A session about the film Jalanan. At the session, students got to meet and discuss the film with its director, Daniel Ziv. Prior to the session, students were required to watch the film in their own time. Jalanan provided the students with a multi-layered picture of Jakarta through the lens of buskers’ daily lives.
As a part of the program, students undertook a 160-hour of professional placement at host organisations in Indonesia. The host organisations included the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF), Sun Sang Eco Village, Center for World Trade Studies (CWTS) Universitas Gadjah Mada, CORE (Center of Reform on Economic) Indonesia, Damn I love Indonesia, Okusi Associates, and QWORK. These seven host organisations operate across various sectors, including business consulting, research and think tank, trade, policy studies, sustainable business, HR management and consultancy.
Highlighting the experiences throughout the program, one of the BPP participants, Elian Gomez from The University of Melbourne, said, “I honed my skills in economic research and writing and expressing complex ideas in a simple manner. Moreover, the internship taught me very valuable soft skills such as working with a very diverse team of people and also gave me the exposure to work in an industry that I had never worked before. This will be of value for my future career.” Additionally, Khushnoor Dhaliwal from Murdoch University shared her impression after finishing the program with ACICIS. “At first, I chose to participate in this virtual internship programme because I wanted to apply what I had learned in the classroom to real-world situations. It turned out, this internship offered me a taste of what my future profession will entail. It reassured me that I am on the right track, one that I am passionate about. In addition, my internship was well-integrated with both of my degrees. Government policies, business development, and innovation are all part of the circular economy,” she stated.
At last, we would like to congratulate students of the Virtual BPP program this intake for their incredible work in undertaking this challenging, yet exciting opportunity to gain professional experience in Indonesia’s growing business and economic sectors, while immersing themselves to the Indonesian language and culture. We wish students all the best in their future endeavours!