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International Internship in the Environment is an elective subject available to students in the Master of Science (Geography), Master of Environment, Master of Urban Horticulture or Master of Forest Ecosystem Science. Eligible students gain subject credit for a placement with an organisation based in another country. It provides students with the opportunity to gain exposure to a different cultural setting and to think critically about the nature of the relationship between theory and practice.
The broad aim of the internship is to provide the opportunity for graduate students to gain invaluable practical experience and to build their networks with industry, government or NGOs in order to further enhance their knowledge and skills in their chosen area of study. Students will have the chance to make a positive contribution to the host organisation by applying their previous experience, skills and knowledge gained through study.
To enrol into this subject students will be in the final 100 points of their Masters’ degree in the semester they intend to enrol. Students will also seek coordinator permission one semester prior to enrolling into this subject.
Students will complete all necessary internship and travel paperwork PRIOR to enrolment in the subject.
Students will generally need to meet the cost of travel and subsistence in the destination country.
Completion of Internship Placement and Risk Assessment form and the on-line Student Travel Registration https://safety.unimelb.edu.au/management/implement
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will:
- Have enhanced capacity for application of theory to practice in a relevant context;
- Have an understanding of the organisation in which they are placed and of its responsibilities, approaches and context;
- Be able to demonstrate work place skills including activities such as management of small projects, time management, goal setting, team work and communication skills.
Upon successful completion students will have gained the following:
- improved communication skills through participation in workplace-based discussions, reporting and presentations to staff and stakeholders in the host organisation;
- capacity for independent thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning;
- understanding of workplace practices and challenges;
- greater understanding of social and cultural diversity;
- analytical and writing skills;
- capacity for effective teamwork and collaboration with the workplace other staff; and
- time management and planning skills gained through work placement commitments
Last updated: 2 December 2019