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This subject involves the definition and development of an internship placement in collaboration with the host institution. It has at its core a workplace project that will allow students to develop skills in project management, problem solving, multi-disciplinary workplace practice, institutional policy and strategy mapping, project reporting and communication. This internship subject aims to provide students with a high-level employment experience with government, industry or non-government organisation (NGO). Students will develop a good understanding of potential employer expectations of Masters graduates and the skills required to function and excel in a workplace involved in the application of scientific research, technology, policy, planning or management. With assistance from the subject coordinator, students will be required to source both a host-institution and an academic supervisor. The student and academic supervisor then define and coordinate the internship placement and develop a workplace project in consultation with (a) representative(s) from the host institution. This project may relate to an applied science, technological, economic, social or management topic. Each student will prepare an ‘Internship Plan’ which includes relevant information about the project’s aims, context in relation to the institution, approaches to be used, relevant background knowledge and potential outputs to the host-institution. Students will then spend a period of 4-5 weeks (full-time equivalent; ca. 200 hours) working within their host institution i) gaining experience, ii) shadowing institution mentors and iii) working on their internship project. At completion of the internship placement, students will be required to present their findings to an audience, including members of the host-institution, in form of an ‘Internship Seminar’, and submit a ‘Main Report’ on their internship project.
Intended learning outcomes
This subject aims, through the completion of a defined project, to:
- Provide the student with opportunities to relate their formal academic learning to industry, government or NGO workplace practices, policies, problems and opportunities.
- Develop skills in how to effectively and collaboratively design a project that responds to an institution's policy, strategy or problem by working creatively in multi-disciplinary way to provide new knowledge or synthesise existing but disparate knowledge.
- Manage their own time, and the input of others, to successfully complete the internship project; report on project findings, and make recommendations to the host-institution.
- Promote professionalism in the workplace and a desire to continue in their chosen career by providing a positive and supportive academic and institutional internship experience.
Understanding of organisational culture and ethics, work practices, and the diversity of workplaces;
Last updated: 10 November 2019