With the support of an academic supervisor, an internship is an opportunity to gain practical experience, develop skills, and build professional networks in an organisation relevant to your studies.
Master of Environment students are required to complete either a research-based subject or an internship subject. Before deciding to do an internship, consider the following:
- What are your learning objectives?
- The costs of taking an internship overseas or interstate.
- Have you got enough space in your study plan?
- Does the internship clash with other subjects?
Which internship subjects are available?
Several faculties offer internship subjects to Master of Environment students:
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
|Available subjects||Detail||Affiliated organisations||Contact|
|FRST90035 Forest Internship Project||Subject coordinator:|
Prof. Gerd Bossinger
|GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment||Northern Policy Institute; Environment Monitoring Station, Tianjin; Ministry of Development, Brunei; Mauritius Wildlife Foundation; Shenhzen Water Planning and Design Institute||Subject coordinator:|
Prof. Rod Keenan
|SCIE90017 Science and Technology Internship||City of Melbourne; Practical Ecology; Yarra Energy Foundation; Parks Victoria; DELWP|
FACULTY OF ARTS
|DEVT90002 Internship in Development||Subject coordinator:|
Dr. Violeta Schubert
|DEVT90008 International Internship in Development|
FACULTY OF VETERINARY AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
|AGRI90076 Industry Internship||Subject Coordinator:|
How do I secure an internship?
Internship subjects are unique in that they can take several weeks to organise. It is important that you discuss internships with your course coordinator during course planning and with the internship consultant in the relevant Faculty.
We recommend the following steps to secure and manage your internship:
- Prepare your resources, including your CV. Stop 1 offers free consultations and workshops to help you with your CV and cover letter. Some internships will also require an expression of interest;
- Research potential host organisations (for additional resources, refer to the bottom of this page), and make a shortlist;
- Contact host organisations:
- Find whomever in the organisation is likely to be your supervisor;
- Email or call;
- If unsuccessful, persevere! Focus on the next organisation on your list;
- Complete required paperwork to add your chosen internship subject to your study plan. The process here differs slightly between faculties, but the first step for all is to contact your subject coordinator;
- Organise pre-placement classes with your subject coordinator. These will provide you with important information about managing your internship and getting the most out of your experience;
- Maintain contact with your subject coordinator throughout your internship.
Many of our students have undertaken internships in Australia and overseas, some of which have led directly to jobs with the company. Here are some of their stories:
Amy Cox shares her experience at the International Water Management Institute in Myanmar.
Eleanor Lang shares her experience at the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development in Vietnam.
"During my study in the Master of Environment I saw an opportunity through the Internship aspect and went for it. I took annual leave from my non-environmental day job, and did three weeks at Moonee Valley City Council. I was lucky enough to hit upon a great organization. I was very targeted and determined in my approach. A few months later a job came up there that was highly desirable in the sector and I got it. A lot came down to knowing the people, the team, and the processes already.
I’m currently responsible for the Eco-Living program, which includes urban agriculture and sustainable gardening, sustainable homes, green infrastructure, which intersects with greenhouse and urban ecology. Working in the environment sector would still be a pipe dream if it weren’t for the Master of Environment, but it also takes a lot of strategic planning on your own behalf too.
One of the most worthwhile things I’ve done is graduate with my Master of Environment at Melbourne University People know you’ve worked hard to achieve. You become part of the University’s reputation. That’s why it’s so rewarding."
Databases specific to environmental studies:
Australian Government: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Also consider professional associations and peak bodies, such as the Energy Users Association of Australia.
(Note: internships advertised here are often structured programs and may not align with subject requirements.)