International Internship in Environment

About the subject

The International Internship in Environment involves gaining real experience working in an organisation based in another country for 200 hours (five weeks). Internships are available throughout the year to suit your timetable and your host’s availability. The aim of the internship is to provide you with the opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience and to build your networks with industry, government or NGOs in order to further enhance your knowledge and skills in your chosen area of study.

View the Handbook (GEOG90022)

Live chat is available 2.30-4pm every Monday with the Science Work Integrated Learning team. We can provide advice on all aspects of your internship.

What are the benefits?

Students comment that they are able to:

  • Identify and articulate their knowledge and skills and apply them to relevant science organisational contexts and work-settings;
  • Demonstrate their analytical, research and problem-solving skills;
  • Understand the value of industry and professional networks and their importance to lifelong learning and career progression;
  • Gain greater confidence in their ability to contribute to an international work environment, awareness of the strengths they offer to a future employer as well as areas to further develop beyond their degree.

I was given a lot of autonomy and through this I was able to find challenges and overcome them. This, I found was the most important aspect of the internship, which taught me more about myself and how to approach tricky situations.
Evan Thomas spent 200 hours working on a sustainable cacao farm in Ecuador during his Master of Urban Horticulture, using mapping techniques to help them manage their tree inventories.

Interested in the subject?

It is important to start researching and planning early. We recommend you start this process a semester in advance. Here are some steps to guide you:

  • 1. Get informed
  • 2. Find placement opportunities

    Sourcing a placement can be a new challenge that takes time, but the experience will teach you many skills about how to search for and apply for work. Consider placement opportunities in fields you might be interested in for your career - it's a great chance to gain experience in a field you may wish to work in one day! There are a number of resources available to you to assist with this process:

    Don’t focus your search just on big organisations that you are already familiar with, try the smaller ones too. Ask your fellow students, academics, supervisors, family and friends if they know of any places you could contact within their networks.

    PLEASE NOTE: Once you have considered where you might apply for a placement, please get in contact with the subject coordinator, Prof Rodney Keenan (rkeenan@unimelb.edu.au). Rodney will need to approve the placement before you submit the subject application form.

  • 3. Prepare your resume and cover letter

    When you apply for an internship placement it is common practice to supply your cover letter and resume. Before you start applying for placements, it’s helpful to have these documents ready.

    Prepare your cover letter and resume using these resources:

    Utilise the Careers Centre resources to improve your documents before sending them to organisations.

  • 4. Apply for placements

    Once you have found organisations that interest you and have your documents ready, it’s time to approach people to ask them to host you for a placement:

    Once you have made contact with an organisation or company, you should send them the document called Information for Internship Hosts which will let them know of their responsibilities. If they have any further queries, contact details of University staff are in the document who will be able to assist. You will also need to send them the Host Risk Assessment Checklist to complete. You will need to attach this completed document to your subject application form.

  • 5. Found a placement?

    Once you have secured your placement, have approval from Rodney and have confirmation from your host, you can complete the online application form for the subject.

    PLEASE NOTE: You will need to get the host to send you a letter or email confirmation you can upload to the application form. You will also need to upload the Host Risk Assessment Checklist (see step 4 above) completed by your host.

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  • 6. Enrol in the subject

    After your application has been submitted, we will contact you advising of the outcome of your application. This may take up to 14 days as we wait for legal documentation to be completed by the host. Please email science-academicprograms@unimelb.edu.au if you have any questions about your application.

    Please note: You will not be able to enrol in GEOG90022 until all of the approvals have been received and a requisite waiver has been applied for the subject. We will email you once this has been done. You will then be able to enrol into the subject and will need to complete compulsory online pre-placement modules before you begin your placement.

Frequently asked questions

If you have any further questions, contact us at:

science-academicprograms@unimelb.edu.au