Internships

GEOG292/352
Social Science Research Internship

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 Nicole Cook.  If you are interested in more than one, please make this clear in your application.  

Eligibility

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

  • 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 Nicole Cook.


Autumn 2019 Internships

Urban Policy Researcher for Regional Development Australia - Illawarra

Smart Satellite Cities: A global comparison of regional level “smart city” initiatives

Regional Development Australia (Illawarra) has an internship available to second and or third year Human Geography students for the Autumn Semester 2019. The position/s will involve a short, annotated bibliography on SMART cities, the identification of smart city initiatives in regional cities internationally, and the development of powerpoint and AV resources documenting these initiatives. The internship is supervised by Sharon Wingate at Regional Development Australia (UOW Innovation Campus) and expressions of interest are now being sought. The internship involves a minimum of four project meetings at Regional Development Australia’s Innovation Campus office. You will need to provide your own laptop but will also have access to shared spaces on the Innovation Campus.

Eligibility: Students who have already completed (or who are planning to enrol in) GEOG241 Just and Sustainable Cities and or GEOG 338 Planning Urban Futures will be given first preference.


Healthy Cities Illawarra

Project 1: Assessing sexual health information packs for international students: what is working, what is not?

Healthy Cities Illawarra have an internship available to a second and or third year Social Science student for the Autumn Semester 2019. The position/s will involve the development of an annotated bibliography about methods of assessment of sexual health programs for students, including international students; focus group design to assess Healthy Cities Illawarra sexual health information pack; and ethics application for the research. The internships are supervised by Maddison Stratten and expressions of interest are now being sought. The internship involves four project meetings with Healthy Cities Illawarra. You will need to provide your own laptop but will also have access to shared computer space at Healthy Cities Illawarra.

Project 2: Personal Experience of Physical Mobility: developing local insights on activity and inactivity
Healthy Cities Illawarra have an internship available to a second and or third year Social Science student for the Autumn Semester 2019. The position/s will involve the development of an annotated bibliography about personal experiences of the barriers and facilitators of being physically active; and interview schedule design. The internships are supervised by Amy Carrad and expressions of interest are now being sought. The internship involves four project meetings with Healthy Cities Illawarra on Tuesdays or Thursdays. You will need to provide your own laptop but will also have access to shared computer space at Healthy Cities Illawarra.

Project 3: Assessing Healthy Cities Illawarra’s “5X5” Walking Guide: what works (and what doesn’t)?
Healthy Cities Illawarra have an internship available to a second and or third year Social Science student for the Autumn Semester 2019. The position/s will involve face-to-face conversations with community organisations about the effectiveness (strengths and weaknesses) of the Healthy Cities Illawarra’s “5X5”Walking Guide (a free community walking even); and basic data analysis. The internships are supervised by Amy Carrad and expressions of interest are now being sought. The internship involves four project meetings with Healthy Cities Illawarra on Tuesdays or Thursdays. You will need to provide your own laptop but will also have access to shared computer space at Healthy Cities Illawarra.

Eligibility: These internships particularly suit Bachelor of Social Science Human Geography Majors and Bachelor of Geography and Sustainable Communities.


Placements with University of Wollongong (including with the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities)

Environment Unit (University of Wollongong) with School of Geography and Sustainable Communities

Travel behaviours at UOW
Position: 2 x Transport Researchers
The Environment Unit of Facilities Management and the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities have an internship available to a second and/or third year Human Geography student for the Autumn Semester 2019. The position/s will involve analysis of existing travel data to UOW; annotated bibliography on travel behaviour; questionnaire development, slogan development and preparation of an ethics application. The internships are the beginning of a six semester rolling project that will run each semester for the next two years. They are supervised by Anna Bell and Dr Nicole Cook and expressions of interest are now being sought. The internship involves four project meetings with the Environment Unit. You will need to provide your own laptop but will also have access to shared computer space in the School of Geography and Sustainable Community Collaboratory in Building 41.

Eligibility: These internships particularly suit Geography majors or any of the Geography Degrees offered by the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities.

School of Geography and Sustainable Communities

Community-led smart city initiatives
The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities has an internship available to second and or third year Human Geography students for the Autumn Semester 2019. The position/s will involve the identification of community-led smart city initiatives* across Australian cities, a review of academic literature on the same, and an analysis of what these initiatives do, who they work with, and what they are achieving.

The internship is supervised by Professor Pauline McGuirk and expressions of interest are now being sought. The internship involves a minimum of four project meetings in the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities. You will need to provide your own laptop but will also have access to the School of Geography and Sustainable Community Collaboratory in Building 41

Eligibility: Students who have already completed (or who are planning to enrol in) GEOG241 Just and Sustainable Cities and or GEOG338 Planning Urban Futures will be given first preference.

*Community-led smart city initiatives
Cities all over the world are clamouring to become ‘smart cities’. Tech corporates and city governments have been partnering to introduce smart infrastructure – from smart lighting, environmental sensors, smart policing technologies—that can have major impacts on how cities are managed, how we move around, work and live in the city. Additionally community-led smart initiatives are proliferating (eg Amsterdam’s The Thing Network https://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/08/19/the-things-network-wants-to-make-every-city-smart-starting-with-amsterdam/, various citizen science initiatives) These generally seek to improve local smart connection, enhance local environments, local social inclusion or safely, or benefit a broad range of community project. While larger-scaled corporate- and government-led project have developed high profiles, much less is known about the nature and form of community-led initiative. This project is designed to being filling this knowledge gap.

Arts for Sustainability: School of Geography and Sustainable Communities
The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities has one internship available to third year Human Geography students for the Autumn Semester 2019. The position will involve the analysis of presentations, video talks and performances delivered at the upcoming EcoArts Australis conference to be in Wollongong in May 2019. The internships will be supervised by Dr Jennifer Atchison and Dr David Curtis and expressions of interest are now being sought. The internship involves being available during the video logging activities at the conference 26-28th May and four project meetings in the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities. You will need to provide your own laptop but will also have access to shared computer space in the School’s Collaboratory in Building 41.

Eligibility: Students who have a keen and demonstrated interest and/or involvement in the arts will be given first preference.

Municipal Food Composting: limits and opportunities in the City of Wollongong
The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities has an internship available to second and or third year Human Geography students for the Autumn Semester 2019. The position/s will involve the analysis of Wollongong City Council minutes regarding the opportunities and limits to municipal composting, interviews with elected members and a review of academic literature on municipal composting programs. The internships are supervised by Dr Nicole Cook and expressions of interest are now being sought. The internship will involve four project meetings in the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities. You will need to provide your own laptop but will also have access to shared computer space in the School’s Collaboratory in Building 41.

Eligibility: Students who have already completed (or who are planning to enrol in) GEOG224 The Future of Food; and GEOG241 Just and Sustainable Cities; and or GEOG338 Planning Urban Futures will be given first preference.


Spring 2019 Internships

The Shadow Side of the Apartment Boom
Position: 2 x Urban Policy Researchers: School of Geography and Sustainable Communities
The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities have two internships available to second and or third year Human Geography students for the Autumn Semester 2019. The position/s will involve the analysis of apartment defects in the media, a review of academic literature on apartment defects and a review of policy settings in NSW, Victoria and Qld. The internships are supervised by Dr Nicole Cook. To register your interest please fill out the form attached and email to ncook@uow.edu.au by 20 June 2019. Successful applicants will need to enrol in GEOG392 or GEOG292 Social Sciences Research Internships for the Spring semester. The internships are offered in flexible mode for 80 hours between July 1 and Nov 15 (start date is negotiable), and involves four project meetings in the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities. You will need to provide your own laptop but will also have access to shared computer space in the School’s Collaboratory in Building 41.

Eligibility: Students who have already completed (or who are planning to enrol in) GEOG241 and GEOG338 will be given first preference.

Please note, additional Spring internships will be advertised in Week 13, Autumn semester.
  


External Internships

The following internships are not formally linked to UOW. Please contact the School (geography-admin@uow.edu.au) if you’d like to discuss the potential of incorporating one of these internships into a UOW subjects such as GEOG292/352 or CRLP200.

Liverpool City Council

Green Connect
 

GEOG392 Taneesha interviewing for plastic free Wollongong

Interviews being conducted for the Plastic Free Wollongong Project

Last reviewed: 12 March, 2019