Internships

Internships

GEOG292/352/392 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.

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 GEOG352/392.
  • 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

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.

Spring 2018 Internships

Qualitative Researcher: Social Enterprise vennu- applications due Friday 29 June
The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities in collaboration with the social enterprise vennu™ have an internship available to second and/or third year Human Geography students for the Spring Semester 2018. The position/s will involve interviewing community and user-groups in the hiring of under-used community facilities in the Illawarra. Supervised by vennu™, the internship will be structured broadly as follows: development and structuring of interview schedule; lining up interviews with six existing clients; undertaking interviews; report writing. Expressions of interest are now being sought for the internships. To register your interest please fill out the attached form and email to ncook@uow.edu.au by Friday 29 June 2018. Successful applicants will need to enrol in GEOG392 or GEOG292 Social Sciences Research Internships for the Spring semester. The internship is offered in flexible mode for 80 hours between July 4 and October 26 (start date is negotiable), and involves project meetings in Wollongong. You will need to provide your own laptop.

Eligibility: Students undertaking Bachelor of Social Science (Human Geography); Bachelor of Science (Geography), or Bachelor of Geography and Sustainable Communities and or students with a minor in Human Geography or Social Marketing, will be given first preference.

 

Urban Policy Researcher: School of Geography and Sustainable Communities - applications due Friday 29 June

The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities have an internship available to second and/or third year Human Geography students for the Spring Semester 2018. The position/s will involve the development of a review of current infrastructure and housing plans and projects currently proposed in (or with impacts on) the City of Liverpool. The internship supervised by Dr Nicole Cook and Professor Pauline McGuirk will be structured broadly as follows: identification of current infrastructure and housing projects; collection and analysis of key policy documents; development of summary report. Expressions of interest are now being sought for the internships. To register your interest please fill out the attached form and email to ncook@uow.edu.au by Friday 29 June 2018. Successful applicants will need to enrol in GEOG392 or GEOG292 Social Sciences Research Internships for the Spring semester. The internship is offered in flexible mode for 80 hours between July 4 and October 26 (start date is negotiable), and involves project meetings in Wollongong; and some work undertaken at Liverpool City Council Library. You will need to provide your own laptop.

Eligibility: Students who have already completed (or who are enrolled in) GEOG241 Just and Sustainable Cities will be given first preference. 
 

Settlement Heritage Researcher, Edna Walling Precinct: National Parks and Wildlife Service/ School of Geography and Sustainable Communities - applications due Friday 29 June

The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (Illawarra Office) have an internship available to second and third year students commencing in second semester, 2018. The project will involve the development of interpretive material and possibly interpretative design ideas regarding a heritage listed site in the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. The focus will be on the significance and history of a now demolished house in the Edna Walling Precinct at the site of the Port Kembla 2 Mine. The house was recently demolished due to irredeemable safety issues. The student will work with NPWS staff in identifying and using historical material and existing research to develop interpretive material that may form the basis for signs at the site or some kind of online or digital resources. Preference will be given to students enrolled in, or who have completed, GEOG332 or GEOG337. To register your interest please submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) to ngill@uow.edu.au and ncook@uow.edu.au by Friday 29 June 2018. Successful applicants will need to enrol in GEOG292 or GEOG352/392 Social Science Research Internship. Please note paper enrolment is required, so if you are successful we will ask you to consult the Student Hub 41.  
      


Previous Internships

Autumn 2018 Internships

Web Content Developer (x2) Food Fairness Illawarra, applications have now closed. 

The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities and Food Fairness Illawarra have two internship/s available to second and third year students in commencing in first semester, 2018. The positions involve the development of web content based on current literature and national and local case studies for a new website “Fair Food”. Expressions of interest are now being sought for these internships. To register your interest please submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) to ncook@uow.edu.au and Berbel@healthyillawarra.org.au by Wednesday 21 February 2018. Successful applicants will need to enrol in GEOG292 or GEOG352/392 Social Science Research Internship. Enrolment is restricted and students will need to contact Student Hub 41 for assistance enrolling.

Literature review and graphics development – Contributing to the International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography, applications have now closed.
[3rd Year Students Only]

The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities has an internship available working with Dr Jenny Atchison, to third year students in commencing in first semester, 2018. The position involves collating and reviewing recent literature on plant geographies, and developing video and/or graphics content for development and publication in the International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography. Expressions of interest are now being sought for this internship. To register your interest please submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) to ncook@uow.edu.au and jennya@uow.edu.au by Wednesday 21 February 2018. Successful applicants will need to enrol in GEOG352/392 Social Science Research Internship. Enrolment is restricted and students will need to contact Student Hub 41 for assistance enrolling.

Research Assistant: Wild Horses Project, applications have now closed.

The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities are pleased to offer the following internship, available to third year students with a distinction average (75+) in Geography commencing in first semester, 2018. Working with Associate Professor Michael Adams, the task involves accessing and analysing all the current government Wild Horse Management Plans for NSW, ACT and Victoria (and possibly other states). Drawing on the reference lists in the Plans, the aim is to create a table analysing the source and geographic focus of each reference (e.g. Australia, USA, etc), as well as the key points of each paper. This work will contribute to an ongoing research project on the cultural dimensions of wild horse management in Australia. To register your interest please submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) to madams@uow.edu.au and ncook@uow.edu.au by Wednesday 21 February 2018. For background, see this piece in The Conversation 

Successful applicants will need to enrol in GEOG292 or GEOG352/392 Social Science Research Internship. Enrolment is restricted and students will need to contact Student Hub 41 for assistance enrolling.

Research Assistant: Extinction and Proliferation Project, applications have now closed.

The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities are pleased to offer the following internship, available to third year students with a distinction average (75+) in Geography commencing in first semester, 2018. Over two consecutive months in 2016, Australian researchers variously reported that: an Australian native rat known as the Bramble Cay melomys is now extinct, likely as a result of human-induced climate change; and that in all the world’s oceans, populations of cephalopods (squid, cuttlefish and octopuses) are increasing, also likely a result of human activities. Working with Associate Professor Michael Adams, this project will review recent science and humanities literature on issues of species extinction and proliferation. It will analyse not just the numbers but the patterns of extinction and proliferation. Are most extinctions of highly-specialised species with limited distributions (e.g. Bramble Cay melomys)? This work will contribute to a research project on extinction and proliferation. To register your interest please submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) to madams@uow.edu.au and ncook@uow.edu.au by Wednesday 21 February 2018. Successful applicants will need to enrol in GEOG292 or GEOG352/392 Social Science Research Internship. Enrolment is restricted and students will need to contact Student Hub 41 for assistance enrolling.

Summer 2017/2018 - Food Fairness Illawarra

The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities and Food Fairness Illawarra had two internship/s available to second and third year students in Summer 2017/2018. The positions were to develop web content based on current literature and national and local case studies for a new website “Fair Food”.

Food Fairness Illawarra is the peak campaign body on food security in the Illawarra. They had two Research Internships for Summer 2017/2018 developing web content for a new website ‘Fair Food’. The project is part of the wider initiative ‘Fair Food for All’ developed by Food Fairness Illawarra in partnership with local council, businesses, charities and community groups. Interns contributed to the development of the website which is a ‘one stop shop’ for food services and information within the Illawarra and beyond.

The placements involved conducting literature reviews and desktop reviews to develop content about key issues in food security, with online links to organisations, events and initiatives within the Illawarra. The placements aimed to develop content, not web-design, which was undertaken separately. It was offered in flexible mode for 80 hours between 27 January and 16 February, and involved project meetings in Wollongong. 

For more info: Facebook.com/FoodFairnessIllawarra or http://foodfairnessillawarra.org.au/ 

Spring 2017 - Boomerang Alliance

The School of Geography and Sustainable Communities and the Boomerang Alliance had two internships available to 3rd year students to examine community perceptions and practices of plastic consumption.

The Boomerang Alliance is the peak campaign body on waste and litter strategies in Australia. The internships examined business and community perceptions and practices of plastic consumption, use and waste. The project was part of the ‘Plastic Free Wollongong’ (PFW) initiative developed by the Alliance, local council, business owners and community groups.

The first Internship was a Community Engagement Officer and focused on data collection, community engagement and interviews with business. The placement involved conducting interviews with businesses in Wollongong that signed on to PFW to reduce single waste plastic consumption. It was offered in a block mode for 80 hours and involved interviews, two project meetings in Sydney, and preliminary reflection on the data.

The second internship was a Behaviour Change Analyst and focused on developing an evidence-base in behaviour change, sustainability and plastics. The placement involved writing a report based on existing literature and research about sustainability behaviour change that the Alliance used to inform the development of research instruments. It was offered over 5 weeks for 2 days a week August-September and involved a literature and research review and two project meetings in Sydney.

GEOG392 Taneesha interviewing for plastic free Wollongong

Interviews being conducted for the Plastic Free Wollongong Project

Last reviewed: 20 June, 2018