The Science Work Placement course (SCIF2199), provides students with the opportunity to gain a genuine experience of working in a science or technology-related workplace via an internship. The internship is a core component of SCIF2199, alongside professional development assessments which are desgined to help students to be better prepared for a professional work environment. SCIF2199 is credited towards a science program as a science or free elective. Internships must be related to a student's major of study.
SCIF2199 is offered in all academic terms, including summer.
In order to apply for SCIF2199, students must have completed a minimum of 48 units of credit, hold a credit WAM (65 or above), and have space in their program for a science or free elective.
What happens in the internship?
The internship involves a work placement of a minimum of 105 hours (three weeks full-time or spread out part-time across a term) in a single organisation, working as an intern while gaining experience of the science and technology-related work conducted in that organisation. Students build on their existing skills, with guidance from a work placement supervisor, and are expected to contribute productively to a project or series of activities set up by the organisation for their placement.
Participating in the internship will also enable students to observe the nature of the organisation more generally – its structure, how different components of the organisation interact, how projects and teams are organised to achieve their goals, and the different ways in which those with a science background apply this in the workplace.
What sort of work do interns do?
The nature of the work will clearly depend on the organisation the student is placed with.
Interns may spend time shadowing members of staff in science-related roles, contributing in an assisting capacity to a range of activities. Interns may be asked to be a team member on a project for the duration of the internship – an ongoing project, or one that is completed during the internship. Interns may be assigned to an individual project that can be completed within the hours of the placement. Alternatively, the placement may be a combination of these. Specific tasks may be largely office-based and include data entry, literature searches, or preparation of figures for presentation/marketing materials. Alternatively, depending upon the organisation and project, there may be opportunities for hands on laboratory or field-based activities.
Before starting a work placement, interns will complete compulsory induction online modules that will prepare them for the placement. They will also be supported and monitored by a course coordinator in addition to their allocated supervisor at their host organisation.
What assessments are required for SCIF2199?
More information on SCIF2199 assessments and grading can be found HERE.
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