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Guided by his community, Harry has always known a career in healthcare is where he wants to be

Internships can be a valuable path when deciding on a career. Medibank is proud to work with ‘CareeerTrackers’ – a not-for-profit organisation connecting Indigenous university students with paid internships.

Harrison (Harry) Burgin began his 3-month internship journey with Medibank in mid-November 2018.

“I started off in the Digital Design team, working on user experience testing for the website ensuring the experience flows smoothly for all customers,” says Harry.

“This was very interesting because we had a strong focus on accessibility – for example how a website functions for someone with a visual or cognitive impairment.”

Harry then spent some time working with the ‘HealthStrong’ team. HealthStrong is part of the Medibank Group, delivering healthcare services within retirement and aged care facilities, and the community. With HealthStrong, Harry helped explore different ways to expand the business and help attract new employees.

Harry’s interest in healthcare started as a young boy. “My grandfather was a member of the Stolen Generation and part of the Wathaurong tribe. From a young age, I saw health professionals who had a strong understanding of the troubles and issues facing the Indigenous community,” Harry explains.

“So, when it came to deciding on what path to take, I felt really connected to healthcare because it meant I’d be able to provide care and support to my community.”

Harry is currently studying a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Pharmacology and Physiology – with a minor in Chinese – after which he will be going into Medicine. Asked what attracted him to take up an internship with Medibank, he says it was a matter of finding an organisation with the same goals as him.

“I looked at the different outreach programs Medibank has and discovered that there are a few connected to the Indigenous community, including the Reconciliation Action Plan, 1800RESPECT and Quitline. With my goal of helping my community, it seemed like Medibank’s goals aligned perfectly with mine.”

Two women standing in front of Close the Gap celebration sign

Medibank proudly supports Close the Gap Day.

Harry says the best part of the internship was the opportunity to work with different people from across the business.

“I’ve met so many people, including working with Medibank’s CEO Craig Drummond. Many people have taken the time from their schedules to get to know me and talk about the work they do. It’s such a friendly and supportive environment.”

For anyone about to embark on an internship or is currently interning, Harry’s advice is to always take the initiative.

“Don’t be afraid to connect with people from different areas of the business. Spend time with them because collaborating outside of your department is a valuable tool. It provides you with a variety of perspectives on what the organisation does, how business units interact, as well as opening your eyes to potential career opportunities,” he explains.

“At least that’s what I’ve found with Medibank. There are so many people to connect with and endless opportunities.”

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