Macey Mayes from the University of Louisville, USA, completed her placement with the Politics and Democracy Department of Yayasan SATUNAMA, an organisation that focuses on community empowerment, governance, and political awareness on the basis of rights, respect, and resilience. Macey worked on topics related to the Indonesian election, such as female representation in Indonesian politics, the 2019 election, and election fraud, including the effects of Indonesia’s 30% gender quota. During her placement, Macey had the opportunity to visit BAWASLU (Badan Pengawas Pemilihan Umum- election supervisory agency) of Special Region Yogyakarta and meet several heads of political parties and female candidates for interviews, as well as talk about Indonesian and US politics at the University of AMIKOM Yogyakarta.
Kirsty Stewart from Murdoch University interned at Animal Friends Jogja (AFJ), a non-profit animal welfare and equality organisation that fights animal cruelty and is committed to improving animal welfare through proactive education, campaigns, research, and rescues. During her placement, Kirsty assisted AFJ in daily animal care and community events for campaign and fundraising. She also had the opportunity to attend a symposium about animal rights issues at UGM.