Future graduates and researchers now have the opportunity to be part of a Research Internship Program with the Centre for Global Research (CGR).
The CGR's Research Internship Program is a great way for future graduates and researchers to gain valuable ‘real world’ work experience while furthering the research activities of the Centre.
While every internship experience is unique, this Research Internship Program is designed to provide interns with:
- Opportunities to conduct research as part of an active research project and/or investigation
- Opportunities to develop professional writing skills and/or report writing skills
- Improved self-awareness as well as the opportunity to identify good mentors
- Enhanced self-confidence in existing skills as well as identifying where improvements can be made
- Opportunities to identify or map-out suitable career paths and options
- Unique and exponential learning experiences
- Access to professional networks
Benefits for interns
Interns gain experience in a leading research centre, developing their professional skills, building networks with Centre members, and enhancing their prospects for future employment or study through the completion of tangible outputs.
At the completion of their internship with the Centre, interns should have contributed to a tangible output, for instance research towards a particular project, (co)authorship of a research report or other document, or the running of a Centre-related event etc, as well as gaining experience in research assistance and administration.
What can a research intern expect?
Research interns can expect to be provided with a formal, structured period of learning that allows for contributions to be made into active areas of investigation and/or research projects. Research interns can also expect for their work to be supervised by members of the Centre, with meetings scheduled to monitor progress and provide guidance.
On the basis that outputs are met and the intern has performed to a professional standard, a written reference will be issued to the intern from Centre staff at the completion of the internship. The intern's role will also be recognised by acknowledgement in the Centre’s annual reports and other publications/events.
What is expected of a research intern?
Research interns are expected to behave in a professional manner during their internships. Professional expectations should be clarified between the intern and their supervisor at the onset of the internship, most specifically in regards to work conditions and engagement with the Centre environment (work hours and settings, degree of supervision, etc).
At the completion of their program, interns are expected to submit a short summary of their internship activities that is used to confirm outcomes as reported in Centre annual reports and on our website, such as the interns' Testimonial page. Interns are also encouraged to attend broader Centre activities, for example the monthly Global Frictions Seminar Series or other events where possible.
The Research Internship Program is aimed at RMIT students enrolled in the Bachelor or Master degree program. Most interns apply by virtue of their enrolment in the Internship course of an RMIT Bachelor or Master degree. However our Research Internship Program is not exclusive to RMIT students and students from other national and international institutions are welcome to apply.
For BA International Studies internships, there is a University requirement to complete 320 hours of work (40 days). For other candidates, the internships are by negotiation and may be dependent on other course requirements; however the maximum standard duration of internships is 320 hours, with possible negotiated extension available subject to mutual agreement and resource availability.
How to apply
Interns can apply to the Research Internship Program by responding to available positions posted on the Centre’s Facebook page.
Alternatively where research interests align, potential interns and Centre members can tailor a position that is specific to a particular student’s areas of expertise, and in turn nominate them for the role. In such instances the Centre member will forward a position description to the Centre Director for consideration by the Centre’s Executive. For advertised internship positions, see the Position Description template and sample.
Once a student has either been selected through interview or via nomination, a ‘student contract’ will need to be signed by both student and supervisor forwarded to the Centre Director.
While recruitment can occur at any time of year, advertising will generally take place in November the year prior for Semester 1 internships, and in April for Semester 2 internships.