Internship Programme Creative Arts and Research teaches self publishing and broadcasting through podcasts on The City Whisperer
Internships are available to assist with our exciting projects.
We have two internship themes: Creative Arts and Research Skills.
Creative Arts Theme
We are excited to bring a creative arts theme to our internships where you can learn how to create podcasts and audiobooks.
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The podcasts and episodes help us to broadcast and gain support for our catalyst research projects, innovation hubs and community related topics from mental health of men and families to homelessness in older people.
Our first podcast internship will focus on our podcast The Never Ending Startup which celebrates our 30 year anniversary of Dr Jon Drane’s catalyst research centre Optimum Search. It includes interviews of new startups at the University of Newcastle’s Innovation Hub called I2N as well as other startups across Australia and the world.
Research Skills Theme
Optimum City Research runs catalyst research projects in the built environment which help us build smarter cities.
Our projects include:
–Night Owl Night Economy Study: Providing an understanding of the make up of Night Economies and their activation.
–Dangerous Building Defects Study : Establishing the systemic causes of dangerous building defects in multi-apartment towers.
– Expert Witness Advisory : Providing expert advice to legal cases in the built environmnent.
–Gig Internship Research Skills Programme: Providing an induction programme for interns to develop skillsets relevant to research projects.
Keep Updated on our Upcoming Projects:
We prepare for our upcoming projects by keeping potential interns in the loop and allowing them free access to our skills webinars which run regularly throughout the year on Eventbrite. Sign up below.
Pre-Requisites & Eligibility for our internships
The internships are run online through msteams, webinars and email contact. This suits remote applicants who are proficient in online communication.
Applicants should have a laptop, mobile phone and general online knowledge.
Applicants needed to meet the following criteria:
- Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Be an international student with fluent spoken and written english.
- Be enrolled as a student at a college or university.
- Preferably in the following disciplines: Built Environment (Architecture, City Planning, Engineering and Property), Marketing, Business, Creative Arts, Communications or related areas.
- Be responsible and responsive to work programmes, communication, and activity urgencies.
- Be a good communicator, outgoing and be able to liaise with people in a relaxed manner.
- Be proficient with spreadsheet, forms and web content management systems (e.g. WordPress)
- Be proficient in creation of graphics as part of the data collection process.
- Have a mobile phone and tablet which is a recent model
- Have a laptop or PC with wifi access for zoom type sessions.
- Be able to work under a vocational placement agreement with your university, college or school (see below).
- Be organised and self starting and to show initiative
- Be respectful of others in a research team.
- Complete our induction process.
COVID and Online Work from Home Status
The internships are run online and although the research centre is situated in Newcastle, NSW, applicants can be across Australia.
This will be reviewed when COVID health orders change or allow for other situations. No field research is conducted during lock down periods.
About Internships, Work Placements and Work Experience
Internships have traditionally been understood to be ‘work experience’ which helps you with your practical progression from academic and skills training into the work force.
It is unpaid due to the work experience and academic progression that you receive through partaking in the work placement. However there are situations where it can be paid and that is a progression path that we endorse and try to create as an incentive for students.
In order to participate in the work placement means that you must enter a three way agreement between your self, your uni/college/school and Optimum Search (us; the the host).
The work placement must also provide you with academic progression related to your course . This needs to be discussed and agreed with your Work Integrated Learning team in your institution. For more detail the placements are in accordance with The Fair Work Ombudsmen. see link:
Learn More about Work Placements on the Govt Web Site
Thank you for your interest.
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