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    Project-based development of professional skills and networks in a work setting, extending the skills and implementing practices and principles learned in other SCOM papers.

    Each internship is individually arranged and involves participation in a specific project. Depending on the project, interns may also be involved in the general workings of the workplace situation or work remotely. The internship requires approximately 240 hours' work over the period of the placement. There may be varied placement opportunities available at any given time, and students, particuarly with specific requirements, will assist in their own placement.

    About this paper

    Paper title Science Communication Internship
    Subject Science Communication
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,448.79
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    NHFC 404, SCOM 434
    Limited to
    PGCertSciComm, PGDipSciComm, MSciComm, MAppSc
    (i) Admission is subject to approval from the Director, Centre for Science Communication. (ii) For MAppSc students, this paper is normally limited to the Science Communication subject.

    Teaching staff

    Associate Professor Jesse Bering

    Paper Structure

    Individual, project-based paper determined with the host organisation.

    Students undertaking an internship will be assessed on the basis of:

    • Presentation
    • Student Project Report
    • Supervisor's Report
    Teaching Arrangements

    SCOM 404 is available at various times throughout the year, enabling flexibility so that interships can be undertaken between semesters and at locations outside of Dunedin when appropriate. However, internships will typically be expected to be completed during the second non-standard period.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    This paper is designed for you to
    • Apply practical skills learned in your previous Science Communication papers
    • Identify personal skills gained through the internship experience and reflect upon the transference of those skills to future workplace settings
    • Plan, participate and report on a supervised project whilst on internship placement
    • Understand and work through the complexities posed in the workplace
    • Have reflected on your learning process


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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