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CareerTrackers internship with TSSP


CareerTrackers interns at their 2020 orientation, UPNG.

Two enthusiastic University of Papua New Guinea students, Thanjin Dale and Joel Manjo are undertaking their CareerTrackers internships with the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership’s Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP) in Port Moresby.


Joel Manjo is a CareerTrackers intern

Thanjin is a second year Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Major whose work experience includes being a park ranger and a student fellowship secretary. Joel is in his third year of studying Political Science and public policy management, and has worked in education logistics and distribution.



CareerTrackers students are high achievers by nature, who have overcome adversity to secure their internships. Joel’s greatest achievement has been his acceptance to study at UPNG. In 2018, CareerTrackers* ran a pilot internship program for ten university students in Papua New Guinea to complete internships while they studied. Through the success of those trailblazers, CareerTrackers has grown to support 37 students in PNG on paid internships in 2020.


“I was the fourth person in my village, and the second in my family to go to University,” Joel confides.


“My mum inspired me. The struggles that she faced in raising me drive me to succeed for us both.”


Thanjin has been inspired and motivated by the success of some big tech names to study computer science.


“Most billionaires around the world are computer scientists, like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg,” he said.


“In ten years, I plan to have my own family, house, and car - and be the best IT man in Papua New Guinea.”

Thanjin Dale is a CareerTrackers intern

Having big dreams is all part of the CareerTrackers code and their success is indisputable: 89% of CareerTrackers students graduate university; 95% of CareerTrackers Alumni are in full-time employment within three months of graduating; 57% have purchased a car and 24% have purchased a house since graduation.



CareerTrackers Founder, Michael Combs, is passionate about creating opportunities for underprivileged students, and says: “An internship is a rocket ship to a very different future.”


Thanjin and Joel registered their professional goals for their internship with TSSP and quickly set to work to learn about the Papua New Guinea Australia Transport Sector Partnership and develop their professional skills on the job.


Thanjin has been learning about office IT networks, helping office staff resolve IT problems and developing IT and workplace skills that he can take to future roles.


“I’m looking forward to getting more experience in troubleshooting, installing hardware connections and networking a database,” he said.


Joel has been learning about the transport sector in PNG and building his confidence to share his ideas with his new colleagues.


“One of the highlights of my internship so far was doing a presentation in front of the whole team. I felt nervous at first but I did it!” he said.


Joel and Thanjin will have access to resources at TSSP during their semester studies, and spend their university holidays gaining on-the-job experience within the program.


TSSP is supported through the Papua New Guinea Australia Partnership.


The Australian social enterprise was established in 2009 to support young Indigenous students to graduate with high marks, industry experience, and bright professional futures and now supports thousands of indigenous students across Australia.

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