Macquarie University offers Study Abroad and Exchange students the option of undertaking internships during their studies in Sydney. The internships provide an opportunity to gain valuable work experience within a relevant organization while completing their studies. The internships are unpaid positions with companies near the University or a short train or bus ride away. Students are found relevant positions related to their study major and/or interests. The internships are for Macquarie University credit and, as such, are available for transfer to the student's home degree.
Work placements are an invaluable learning experience for students from all academic disciplines. Placements are not administrative support for the workplace, so interns do not spend all of their time answering phones, photocopying, or making coffee (though some of these tasks may be required occasionally). All internships are project-based, meaning that students will work on a specific project for the duration of the internship. Assessment will vary according to the project being undertaken, and will usually relate to the work project. Students gain invaluable insight not only into their fields of study, but into the Australian business and cultural environment. We hope that students will become a part of the workplace and learn more about Australian people and practices.
Work experience is always a valuable addition to students resumes and could potentially improve employment opportunities upon graduation The Macquarie internship team will accept applications from students from all academic disciplines offered by Macquarie University. We will liaise with students during the placement process, so they can help us identify the most appropriate placement. Past internship placements have covered the following areas: communications, media, strategic business planning, project development, NGO projects, marketing, web site development and environmental sciences.
Internships are available at the following times: Semester 1 – March – June (12 weeks total) Semester 2 – August – November (12 weeks total) Students can choose to do ten or twenty hours per week for 12 weeks to complete an Internship for Macquarie University credit.
Students accepted into this Internship program will be expected to have a grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) equivalent to an average grade of 75%. The English language levels for this Internship program are: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL Paper based 580, TOEFL computer based 237 and other equivalent testing scores. The selection and placement of suitable interns is administered by the Macquarie International Internships Department.
The courses have been selected based on the following criteria:
The course outlines (i.e., syllabi) are available for perusal. The projects are all semester-long and are worth 30 percent (Organisational Behaviour), 35 percent (Negotiation), and 45 percent (Human Resource Management) of students’ final grades. In the course outlines, you will find brief outlines of the projects; they are referred to as the “Company Project” in Organisational Behaviour, “HR Consultancy Assignment” in Human Resource Management, and “Group Consulting Project” in Negotiation.
In each of the courses, students will be grouped into diverse project teams with students from all over the world.
In the context of learning at Bond University’s School of Business, we have the following view of service-learning (also known as “engagement” in the Australian context):
We believe that, at its most fundamental level, service-learning is a teaching tool grounded in the development of partnerships (Jacoby, 2003). Our projects “combine needed tasks in the community with intentional learning goals and with conscious reflection” (Kendall, 1990, p.20). For many of our students’ projects, the service-learning component has been designed using the following definition:
Service-learning projects are “academically rigorous and integrated real-world subject projects where students produce tangible, professional products for use in the local community as they work with and learn from organizations designed to serve community needs” (Kenworthy-U’Ren, 1999, p.382).
“If you look across higher education history (globally,) you will find that we are at the end of an era when research and teaching were dominated by modes that called for detached and disinterested observation and analysis of the world, and we are entering a new era where knowledge generation is ever more dependent on dynamic information-driven relationships and networks of expertise. Thus, engagement (and service-learning as a pedagogy) is a component part of a larger reformation of discovery, interpretation, application, and dissemination of knowledge on both local and global scales.”
We will need to know which students from your University are interested in participating in service-learning projects so we can ensure that they are placed in appropriate groups. For two of the courses we offer, Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, students in the classes may also be working with for-profit partners. In Negotiation, students are allowed to work with overseas non-profit partner organizations as well as local community partners. In all cases, we will ensure that your study abroad students, if they desire to be placed in a local service-learning group, will have that experience.
We look forward to working with your school and your students in the future.
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