Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Student Internships

Aim

The Graham Centre Student Internships aim to increase undergraduate students' interest in research. Guided by a mentor, Student Interns will work on current research projects aligned with the Centre's Research pathways.

Important dates

  • Applications open: 15 September
  • Applications close:
    • early closing: 21 October
    • late closing: 15 February

Value

Student Internships are valued at a maximum of $4,000 tax-free (or a pro rata amount based on hours worked, where applicable), payable in two instalments.

Eligibility

Who can apply?

  • Students who are enrolled in a full-time, undergraduate degree at CSU, and have completed at least one full year of their undergraduate degree.
  • Students who have achieved an academic standard that will allow entry into the CSU Honours program (usually a Grade Point Average of at least 5.00 points over the previous two years).
  • Students who have demonstrated a commitment to undertaking research in one of the Centre's Research Pathways.
  • Students who have not already commenced an Honours degree.

Guidelines

Member consultations and projects

Each student should identify a Mentor who is a Full or Associate Member of the Graham Centre. Applicants are encouraged to make contact directly with Centre Members who are engaged in areas of research that are of interest.

Before you apply:

  1. Review the Centre's current portfolio of externally-funded research projects on Our Research page.
  2. Discuss your research interests and/or potential projects with one or more Graham Centre Members.

If you need assistance contacting Centre Members, please email grahamcentre@csu.edu.au

Guided by a mentor, successful applicants will spend up to 200 hours (the equivalent of seven hours per week) during Sessions 1 and 2 working within one or more of the Centre's Research pathways. Students must be available for on-site work.

Other information

Successful applicants must attend an Information Session at the Graham Centre before starting. This is usually scheduled during the last week of March.

The internship cannot commence before the start of Session 1 (March), and must not extend beyond 30 November the same year.

Students are not permitted to work on weekends or public holidays and must not work more than 200 hours in total.

Successful applicants must submit a Work Plan by early April, developed in conjunction with their Mentor. Interns will be required to submit timesheets each month for the hours worked, as well as a report at the end of their internship.

The primary mentor must also provide a report at the end of the internship.

By applying, the student agrees to comply with all requirements of the Internship.

Criteria for Assessment

  • GPA and stage of completion of current undergraduate degree
  • Demonstrated interest in research related to the Centre's Research Pathways
  • Student has been in contact with Graham Centre Member/s to discuss the internship possibilities and identify a Mentor
  • The nominated mentor/s have the capacity and availability to supervise the internship
  • A commitment to further research related to the Centre's Research Pathways through the Honours program
  • Level of prior access to Graham Centre internship schemes

Apply

To complete the application, you will need information on your project and your Mentor/s.

Student Internship Application Form

Enquiries

Monique Shephard, T: 02 6933 4400   E: grahamcentre@csu.edu.au

Research Pathway Leaders

Plant Systems – Prof Jim Pratley T: (02) 6933 2862 E: jpratley@csu.edu.au
Livestock Systems – Prof Bruce Allworth T: (02) 6933 2608 E: ballworth@csu.edu.au
Grain and Meat Quality – Prof Chris Blanchard T: (02) 6933 2364 E:cblanchard@csu.edu.au