At La Trobe University, you can take your studies abroad by completing an internship with organisations such as the Kings XI Punjab who are based in Mohali, India.
The Kings XI Punjab compete in the Indian Premier League, a twenty20 format cricket competition that is the most-attended cricket league in the world.
La Trobe sent their first cohort of students to Mohali in 2015 – a group which includes distinguished alumni such as VAFA media manager Nick Armistead – to develop their skills in the fast-paced foreign environment.
Students are placed into different sectors of the organisation relevant to their study and abilities under the supervision of industry leaders working for the Kings XI.
Aidan Pearce travelled to India to work with the Punjab in 2016. During his time the Sport Management student assisted with organising the shots4life campaign, a movement aimed at educating and raising awareness for the Indian population about the benefits of immunisations in children.
Pearce was able to gain first-hand experience of how a large sporting organisation such as the Kings functions on a daily basis. The student now believes he has an experience that can help him stand out from other graduates in the sports industry.
“While my focus during my time in India was on my internship, I was very appreciative to also have many chances to travel and sight-see,” said Pearce. “The culture in India was nothing like I had ever experienced before.”
Lucas Hutchinson, another Sport Management student who travelled to Mohali, was placed in the logistics team and assisted by organising team flights, accommodation and transportation.
Hutchinson echoed his fellow-students thoughts on the experience, stating the opportunity enabled him to build networks that will assist him in getting a job in the sports industry.
“It was an eye-opening experience in a culture that I never dreamed I’d be a part of,” said Hutchinson.
To find out more about the exchange options on offer at La Trobe, visit our website.
Student exchange is open to domestic and international students and can count as credit toward your La Trobe degree.