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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.

For full subject information, see the subject database.

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: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on regional cities and local neighbourhoods

Position: Placemaking Research Assistant, DPIE NSW.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen behavioural changes for individuals as working from home and home schooling became normal. The has had flow on effects to the way people engage with cities and local neighbourhoods with less traffic, more active modes of transport, better air quality and less noise. Businesses and workers have seen that even though the technology has been around to facilitate it for some time, flexible working arrangements, including working from home can come with a lot of benefits. Productivity doesn’t need to take a backwards step while workers retain flexibility to spend more time in their local neighbourhoods, creating more vibrant local centres.

The purpose of this project is to understand the potential change in how regional cities (such as Wollongong) and local neighbourhoods function post COVID-19. This internship would conduct a literature review to understand what changes are already being seen, and what experts believe may be seen into the future. This will involve summarising key findings and making recommendations for further analysis.  The internship will be supervised by Luke Musgrave at the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and expressions of interest are now being sought. To register your interest please email Dr Jenny Atchison jennya@uow.edu.au or geography-admin@uow.edu.au to obtain an expression of interest form and return this to Jenny by 5pm 24th July 2020. This internship will suit a third year student who has completed Geog 231 and/or Geog353. Successful candidates will need to enroll in GEOG392 Social Sciences Research Internships for the Spring semester. This project requires the student to dedicate 8 hours each week over the course of 10 weeks (commencing August 3 and completed by 13th November 2020), however, there is some flexibility depending on your individual circumstances. Depending on social distancing measures in place, it is likely that you will conduct this internship remotely without access to the office at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. All meetings are expected to take place over the phone or via video conferencing and it is expected that you will dial into weekly meetings to provide project updates.

Project 2: Community preparedness and responses to the 2019-2020 NSW bushfires

Position: Bushfire Research Assistant (Spring semester)

The 2019-2020 bushfire season in New South Wales burned over five million hectares of land and destroyed 2400 homes. Tragically, 25 people have lost their lives in NSW. The Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires (CERMB) at UOW is undertaking research into community preparedness and responses to the fires to inform the development and refinement of policies, programs and initiatives to protect communities from bushfire. CERMB has an internship available to a second or third year Social Science student for the Spring Semester 2020. The intern will provide research assistance including activities such as: assisting with the design of research instruments (e.g. interview guides, questionnaires); assisting with planning and coordinating fieldwork; and attending meetings with the NSWRFS and taking minutes. The internship will be supervised by Dr Josh Whittaker and Dr Katharine Haynes at CERMB and expressions of interest are now being sought. To register your interest please email Dr Jenny Atchison jennya@uow.edu.au or geography-admin@uow.edu.au to obtain an expression of interest form and return your form to Jenny by 5pm 24th July 2020. Successful applicants will need to enroll in GEOG392 or GEOG292 Social Sciences Research Internships for the Spring semester. The internships are offered in flexible mode for 80 hours between 3rd August and 13th November (dates are negotiable), and involves four project meetings with CERMB. You will need to provide your own laptop. Project meetings will occur via zoom.

Project 3: Collective action in Australian biosecurity policy

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. They have multiple vectors and easily spread across property and jurisdictional boundaries. This suggests that collective solutions should be more effective than individual weed control efforts. Yet, recognition of the need for collective weed management has only just been recognised in the latest wave of state and national biosecurity policies in Australia. This position involves a preliminary assessment of how current biosecurity policies and legislation in Australia operationalise the concept of collective action in weed management. Activities will involve: identifying and collating the most recent biosecurity policies and legislation at state and federal levels; analysing the extent to which each policy and legislation engages with, and operationalises, the concept of collective action for weed management; identifying similarities and differences in the approaches across Australian jurisdictions. There will be an opportunity to learn how to use NVivo qualitative analysis software to facilitate the analysis and comparison of policy and legislation documents. 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 an intensive mode for 80 hours, with a preference for the work to be completed by early September. The work can all be done online, and will involve about five virtual project meetings. To register your interest please email Dr Jenny Atchison jennya@uow.edu.au or geography-admin@uow.edu.au to obtain an expression of interest form and return this to Jenny by 5pm 24th July 2020. Successful candidates will need to enrol in GEOG392 Social Sciences Research Internships for the Spring semester.

Project 4: Understanding how the visual and performing arts can shape pro-environmental behaviour

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

The world faces environmental problems of considerable scale and complexity. Many factors contribute to the environmental behaviour of individuals, and through their combined actions, to society’s environmental impact. The role of the arts in influencing environmental behaviour of individuals, communities and society is largely overlooked in the sustainability, the sociology and the arts literatures. The intern will conduct a literature review and develop an annotated bibliography of the role of the arts in shaping environmental attitudes and behaviours, both in Australia and internationally. This literature review will build on and update previous work done by the supervisor about 15 years ago. The work will be incorporated into a book that will provide an intellectual framework with which to view the arts and their role in shaping an ecologically sustainable society.

The internship will be supervised by Dr David Curtis, Honorary Senior Fellow at ACCESS and expressions of interest are now being sought. The internship will suit a third-year student in Social Science and geography with an interest in the visual or performing arts, environmental education or environmental science. It will involve approximately 80 hours of work between August and October (dates are negotiable). The work can be done on-line and will involve four to five project meetings with the supervisor. You will need to provide your own laptop. Project meetings will occur via zoom. To register your interest please email Dr Jenny Atchisonjennya@uow.edu.au or geography-admin@uow.edu.au to obtain an expression of interest form and return your form to Jenny by 5pm 24th July 2020. Successful applicants will need to enroll in GEOG392 Social Sciences Research Internships for the Spring 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 Jo Durtnell-Smydzuk 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 Jo Durtnell-Smydzuk.

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.

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