Pico Play Shapes Exciting Careers For Interns

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If Pico Play’s newest interns learn only one thing during their three-month, paid work placement, it is that work can be fun. But the 14 second-year Malaysian university students who started their internships with the Gold Coast company are learning so much more.

They are gaining a richer understanding of how their skills and knowledge can be put into practice after graduation and with their boosted confidence they’re experiencing what teamwork feels like. Some may even be rethinking where their degree can take them.

Global attractions

Pico Play has built its reputation as a global leader in planning, designing, developing and constructing world-class themed attractions and entertainment through a growing number of international projects.

It currently oversees 15 projects in seven countries and works on some of the world’s most exciting and fun theme parks, zoos, aquariums, nature parks and family entertainment centres.

The latest cohort of interns has an incredible opportunity for hands-on learning at Gamuda Cove’s SplashMania project near Kuala Lumpur, slated to be Asia’s largest rainforest-themed water park when it opens in 2023.

Local internships

Since 2016, Pico Play has engaged interns to work on projects around the world, including digital media 3D and product design students from Griffith University, business and event management students from Southern Cross University, as well as interactive media and design students from Bond University.

Bryce Clarke discusses a project with Senior Project Manager Chris Thurtell

Pico Play Senior Project Manager Josh Madrers says many interns over the past six years were offered full-time work, including the company’s first-ever intern, Griffith University graduate Bryce Clarke who still works for Pico Play as an attraction designer.

“Our fast-paced, inclusive and exciting company culture attracts passionate, visionary thinkers who are team players. The latest Pico Play interns are a very eager team of individuals and we’ve enjoyed playing a role in shaping their careers and helping them learn new skills to broaden their horizons,” Mr Madrers said.

International students

The current cohort of Malaysian interns includes 12 artists and two project and construction students from the Universiti Teknologi Mara. The construction interns see firsthand how onsite project management works and the detailed coordination that goes into the day-to-day running of a large theming project.

Pico Play's Art Director Syafiq Sukor is managing the artistic students who, he says, are realising there are many more career opportunities for them beyond producing art for a gallery. “Our design team likes to dream, so our interns have the opportunity to dream big through the daily brainstorming meetings,” Syafiq explained.

It's a hands on design experience for Pico Play's interns

The artist interns are drawing and learning about cement carving and fibreglass moulding and bringing those moulds to life through scenic painting of boulders, treetops and tree trunks.  

“Most of the interns are doing fine art degrees and we are giving them an opportunity to see a new working environment that they may not have even considered,” Syafiq said.

“They come to Pico Play to learn, observe the working process and practise what they have learned with our talented artists and the most impressive will be offered full-time work. The best thing about working at Pico Play is that it’s so much fun!”

 

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