Communications Adviser, University of Waikato - Hamilton, New Zealand
- Bachelor of Communication Studies
- Public Relations
Originally from Hawke’s Bay, Emily Gallagher fell in love with the University of Waikato campus when she visited her two older brothers, who were both studying at Waikato Management School at the time. She couldn’t wait to follow in their footsteps and enrolled in a Bachelor of Communication Studies.
“For me, the best thing about the University of Waikato is the people," says Emily. "From the day I moved into College Hall to my very last exam, I felt supported and welcomed."
“It’s so nice to be in an environment where everyone genuinely wants to help each other. The first person I met on campus on my very first day at the University ended up becoming my tutor the following year, and subsequently recommended me for my internship role at Women in Politics.”
Emily soon became involved with many aspects of university life. She joined the Management Communication Students Association (MCSA), became a student representative, volunteered for a mayoral campaign, and interned at not-for-profit organisation Women in Politics.
“The University offers so many job and internship opportunities, which has been really helpful for my transition into the workforce,” Emily says.
In her final year of study, Emily began working as a communications intern at the University, where she gained experience in external engagement, the development office, and communications.
“Working at the University allowed me to put the practical skills I had learnt throughout my degree into practice. One minute I was learning how to write press releases in class, the next I was writing them in real life for the University!”
Emily spent her days interviewing students, writing news stories, and producing marketing collateral for the University.
“I have always been so interested in meeting new people and finding out about their lives. To be able to combine that with my love for writing is a dream come true.”