EOIs open for internship program between EIANZ and ANU

Published 20 Mar 2017

The EIANZ and the Australian National University (ANU) have signed an Internship Agreement that provides all members and their workplaces access to the University’s Internship Program. This program enables students to gain academic credit while working with a host organisation.

Students are not paid and the only expense to the host organisation would be providing an appropriate work station, the time of the host supervisor and any safety or other equipment or training specific to the industry. The EIANZ / ANU Agreement provides general direction on responsibilities, supervision, intellectual property and use of materials. 

For a 6-unit credit course, it is expected that students would spend one day a week with the host (90 contact hours).  A 12-unit course would require the students to spend 2 days a week with the host. There is the possibility of averaging the time commitment over the semester.

The internships enable second year, third year, or postgraduate coursework science students with a Distinction average to work on a ‘project’ with the host organisation.  We are specifically targeting students in the Fenner School where Professor Janette Lindesay MEIANZ, has offered to link host organisations through lecturers to find appropriate students.  Depending on the specific project there also maybe students in Biology, Chemistry or Sustainability that could be interested.

 Projects should fit in with the learning outcomes of the course:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to work under professional supervision, and gain useful background of a professional context and how that workplace operates
  2. Communicate clearly and coherently in a professional context
  3.  Analyse, consolidate and synthesise broad theoretical and/or professional knowledge through research to identify and propose solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
  4. Exercise critical thinking and judgment in the context of developing advanced professional knowledge
  5. Conduct a project with some independence.

The University is currently seeking proposals for Internships in the second semester which commences on 21 July.  As you can imagine, getting project ideas lodged with the University and matching with the right student takes time, and members are encouraged to consider this opportunity now.

Information is available here >

Expressions of Interest can be lodged here >

Submit your expressions of interest by 15 May 2017.

This is a great chance for EIANZ members to access motivated students, gain extra input on a particular project or field work and provide quality, practical work-place exposure for the environmental scientists of the future.

For any additional information please contact Carolyn Cameron, EIANZ, on 0434 666 304 or Marian Irvine, ANU on 02 6125 2601.