Internships

Internship programs offer you ways to gain academic credit whilst gaining valuable work experience in your chosen field. We know it is an important stepping stone in your transition from education to employment.

This subject provides academic credit to accompany the work placement (internship) which is on occasion organised by students with the permission of the Discipline Leader PAIS, in conjunction with the Head of Students for the School. 

For full subject information, see the subject database.

This subject will enable Politics students to undertake internships in relevant political offices in the Illawarra or Sydney. Students undertaking this subject will be attached to the office of an elected politician, or work within a part of government bureaucracy. They will undertake duties as directed by their supervisor in that institution. Enrolment is conditional of approval being granted by Discipline Leader, PAIS.

For full subject information, see the subject database.

Admission to the Australian National Internship Program (ANIP) is highly competitive and by application to the ANU. If selected students will undertake two months or more full-time work in as a parliamentary intern based in the offices of Members of Parliament and Senators and engaging with a range of activities that shape national policy-making. Placements in the Public Service or other agencies are also possible. UOW will credit the completed ANIP with 12 credit points. Enrolment in POL346 is conditional on being selected for the ANIP.

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The internship will provide students who have an interest in research with the opportunity to learn how research is done, by allowing them to work alongside practicing researchers. Emphasis will be on ethics, learning practical skills in the selected discipline, working as part of a team, achieving research objectives in laboratory or field work, accurately recording methods and results, critically evaluating the research methods of others, and reporting those results in an academic manner.

How to Apply

Complete the Expression of Interest form and email it to the subject coordinator Dr Jenny Atchison.

Eligibility

To enrol in a Social Science Research Internship subject students must have:

  • Have completed 12 credit points of GEOG subjects for GEOG292 or 24 credit points of GEOG subjects for GEOG352.
  • Have a course Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70. Students with a WAM lower than 70 may still be considered subject to demonstrated interest, previous inexperience and/or the discretion of the subject coordinator.
  • Enrol in GEOG352 or GEOG292 Social Sciences Research Internships for the Autumn session. 

Forms

Once you are accepted into the internship program, please download the Student External Work Placement Application and email it to the subject coordinator Dr Jenny Atchison.


Project 1: Collective action in adaptation to sea-level rise

Position: Australian Centre For Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS) Research Assistant

Communities around the world are already experiencing, and adapting to, the effects of climate change. The emerging social science research on adaptation to climate change consistently argues communities need to work together to limit the impacts of climate change. Yet, there are few studies that define what collective community adaptation is, provide examples of when and where it is needed, or under what circumstances it evolves. 

This position involves a systematic literature review of social science research on collective community adaptation to sea-level rise. Activities will involve: identifying and collating the most recent research on collective adaptation to sea-level rise; analyzing the articles to identify the types of collective adaptation described in the articles; identifying similarities and differences across the articles; and writing a report. There will be an opportunity to learn how to use NVivo qualitative analysis software to facilitate the analysis and comparison of research articles. The internship will be supervised by Dr Sonia Graham and expressions of interest are now being sought. The internship will suit a third-year student. The internship is offered in a flexible mode for 80 hours between March 1 and June 18. The work can all be done online, and will involve about five virtual project meetings. 

To register your interest please email jennya@uow.edu.au to obtain an expression of interest form and return this to Jenny by Wednesday 5pm 24th Feb 2021. Successful candidates will need to enroll in GEOG392 Social Sciences Research Internships for the Autumn semester.

Project 2: The war on weeds: Metaphors in Australian weed management

Position: Australian Centre For Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS) Research Assistant

Weeds are a major threat to the sustainability of rural ecosystems and industries. Despite their significant impacts, weed management policies in Australia remained largely unchanged for over 150 years. Then, in the early 2010s, every state and territory revised its weed management policies. What lead to this unprecedented revision of weed management policies? 

This internship position involves a media analysis to understand whether there was a change in public debate and discourse than can help explain the widespread change in weed management policies. Activities will involve: identifying and collating newspaper articles from 2013 onwards; analysing the metaphors present in the newspaper articles; identifying whether there are changes in the metaphors used over time. There will be an opportunity to learn how to use NVivo qualitative analysis software to facilitate the analysis and comparison of newspaper articles. The internship will be supervised by Dr Sonia Graham and expressions of interest are now being sought. The internship will suit a third-year student. The internship is offered in a flexible mode for 80 hours, between March 1 and June 18. The work can all be done online, and will involve about five virtual project meetings. 

To register your interest please email jennya@uow.edu.au to obtain an expression of interest form and return this to Jenny by Wednesday 5pm 24th Feb 2021. Successful candidates will need to enroll in GEOG392 Social Sciences Research Internships for the Autumn semester.

If you are a hard-working, high performing student committed to progressing to a career in the field of creative arts there may be an opportunity for you in the Creative Arts Internship Program.

Successful students will spend a minimum of 60 hours in an organisation, working on an agreed project with exposure to a fully operational professional environment.

Applicants must be mature, engaging, articulate and willing to serve as ambassadors for the University. You should aspire to benefit from the experience professionally, culturally and personally.

Students are eligible to undertake a placement with an organisation provided they meet the following criteria:

  • current and enrolled student at the University;
  • approval is obtained from the Faculty/Department; and
  • the Faculty/Department confirms that the Placement is related to the student’s studies.

Expression of Interest

Expressions of interest should be made to Teo Treloar in the first instance.

Students who wish to apply for this subject are required to organise their own internship. This will involve contacting local businesses and liaising with them regarding your start date, hours of availability and what you hope to achieve from the internship. Once the internship has been organised students will need to complete the documentation listed below and send it to TAEM administration.

Resources

To complete your enrolment, successful applicants are required to:

Enquiries

Please contact Teo Treloar for further information or advice - treloar@uow.edu.au

Students enrolled in this subject should contact the Subject Coordinator to discuss internship options. View the subject description for detailed information and session availability.

Documentation

Applications must be submitted a minimum of five (5) workings days prior to the commencement of your placement. Failure to do so may delay and/or invalidate your placement plans.

Prior to commencing placement, students must complete and submit the following:

The Internship Evaluation Form is to be completed by your supervisor at the placement organisation.