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Humanitarian Design Internship (ABPL30064)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeABPL30064
Availability(Quotas apply)
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The Humanitarian Design Internship provides an opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding of the role design can play in creating positive change within communities. Students will travel to India for 2 weeks where they will have first-hand experience working in culturally different and high-pressure situations. Students will meet with communities to learn about community development and undertake a team design project in conjunction with Indian community partners. Emphasis is placed on incorporating local design knowledge in the design process with respect to environmental, economic and social impacts in a humanitarian context.
Much of the benefit of interning comes from observation, practicing under supervision and reflection. Work Integrated Learning, or interning, is an excellent way to broaden your learning environment while you are studying. It allows you to see first-hand how what you are learning in your degree translates into practice, as well as how ‘real world’ practice relates to what you are learning at University.

More information can be found at http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/undergraduate/subject-options/humanitarian-design-internship

Travel dates: Arrive in Delhi (India): 18th January 2020

Departure from Vijayawada (India): 3rd February 2020

In country teaching dates: 19th January to 2nd February 2020 (11 working days).

Intended learning outcomes

During the course of the internship, you will be expected to demonstrate that you have:

  • Observed, analysed and reflected on culturally sensitive project management;
  • Observed, analysed and reflected on the incorporation of local knowledge in the design of humanitarian support;
  • Observed, analysed, practiced and reflected on cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Gained an understanding of ethical decision making in the delivery of humanitarian support; and
  • Gained an understanding of the role of design in community level development.

Generic skills

  • Creative, adaptive and flexible problem solving skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Purposeful collaborative and team work skills

Last updated: 21 September 2019