IIP Internships in Australia
Geodynamics Group, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University (ANU)
Location: Canberra, Australia
About: The research of the Geodynamics Group at the Research School of Earth Sciences, is focused on using space-based observations to study changes on Earth. With strong backgrounds in geodesy, the researchers in the group are studying a wide range of topics including crustal deformation (tectonic drift, earthquakes) and glacial isostatic adjustment, as well as climate-related topics such as sea level rise and melting of polar ice sheets. Space-geodetic missions such as satellite altimeters (Jason-2, Envisat, IceSAT), space gravity (GRACE), and positioning systems (e.g. GPS) provide the observations for these studies. The research involves generating numerical models and processing the data such that estimates of these geophysical signals can be made.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP intern will work as part of a team to study some aspect of change on Earth using space-geodetic observations. There are many possible projects from which to choose: improving the modelling of satellite orbits, estimating changes in groundwater aquifers, quantifying crustal strain across continents and/or known active fault zones, deriving estimates of regional sea level rise, or measuring actual melting rates of polar regions, among others. Possible responsibilities may include developing software to model satellite orbits, processing actual satellite observations to derive estimates of geophysical processes on Earth, and/or developing and assessing different types of models for certain processes. The work is computationally intensive and the IIP intern could be involved in writing software, processing data, deriving estimates, and interpreting and evaluating the results. Previous IIP interns have worked on projects that have been submitted for publication with the intern as a co-author.
Qualifications: Strengths in maths/physics are essential for this IIP internship.
Previous work responsibilities (in the words of a past intern): Intern #1: I rewrote their program to make it much more flexible, powerful and easy to work with. The project itself involved using and analyzing data from the GRACE satellite mission. I worked with Matlab a lot, so I learned quite a bit of this. I also did Monte Carlo simulations, which was very interesting. The organization was trying to find an accurate representation of the earth deformation using the data from an old satellite system called Grace. They're trying to estimate these Love Numbers in order to match the displacements collected by GPS data. If the research makes more progress, they plan on publishing a paper on their findings. Intern #2: My project was to perform inversions with the equation used to calculate earth deformation due to surface loading. I interpreted the data collected from satellites at various locations and inverted to estimate coefficients called Love Numbers. Most of my work was on Matlab and/or Fortran...
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Geodynamics Group, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australia National University
Location: Sydney, Australia
About: TerraCycle is a green business that collects non-recyclable post-consumer waste and transforms it into new eco-friendly products and materials. Terracycle's goal is to eliminate waste by providing innovative solutions for hard-to-recycle products and packaging waste. TerraCycle's model engages consumers and communities in the collection of a range of waste through programs and then converts this waste into new products. TerraCycle also gives back to the community by making donations per unit of waste collected by non-profits and schools. TerraCycle's Australia office offers a comprehensive internship program with meaningful and substantial work, supervision and performance feedback, and opportunities for professional development.
Intern Responsibilities: The focus of this internship placement will be a Keystone Project, which the intern leads and concludes during the duration of the internship. The Keystone Project is designed to contribute directly to one of TerraCycle's work areas so that the intern gains real experience and know-how through substantial, mission-driven work. The intern will also carry out daily activities as required. Keystone Projects are available in the following areas:
- Community Outreach: TerraCycle's Brigade teams are comprised of schools, community organizations, non-profits, youth groups, and a wide variety of other organizations. This intern will lead efforts to engage new and existing participants in the Brigade programs. The intern will research new community engagement ideas, develop strategy, and assist in making preparations to these potential community partners.
- Business Development: This intern will develop business opportunities for TerraCycle. The intern will be exposed to Fortune 500 companies, innovative green start-ups, brand managers, and upcycling strategies. The intern will also learn how to research deal opportunities strategically, pitch business ideas, create effective proposals, and manage business development communications.
- Operations: A vital part of TerraCycle's Brigade program is the management of all operations, including the logistics for the nationwide collection strategy, as well as the identification of and partnership building with manufacturers and cooperatives to make TerraCycle's recycled and upcycled products. This intern will help in assessing logistics, offering recommendations for strategy improvement, and researching and coordinating with manufacturing partners.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in business, environmental sustainability, operations management are encouraged.
Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: I worked on the Business Development team finding prospective partners for the organization. I ended the internship with the generation of over 60 leads. I was also involved in optimizing the outreach and follow-up processes for business development. Apart from that, I worked with the account management department and took ownership of the logistics for one of the programs (for Nespresso coffee capsules)...I learned how to structure my approach and also work though corporate ladders. From my project, I learned that a direct approach is usually the best approach. My co-workers have taught me various tools and techniques to make my work more efficient. My supervisor shared a lot of information on her work process, which was helpful...I connected the organization to several potential clients (at the CEO level) and also helped streamline and verify operations processes.
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University of Queensland, Institute of Molecular Bioscience (IMB)
Location: Queensland, Australia
About: The Institute for Molecular Bioscience's (IMB) mission is to decipher the information contained in the genes, proteins, and molecules of humans, animals, and plants. Since its establishment in 2000, IMB has earned a reputation as one of the Asia Pacific region's leading research institutes. By understanding the development process and aspects that go awry in complex diseases, IMB aims to develop pharmaceutical and cellular therapies, technologies, and diagnostics to prevent or treat such diseases.
Intern responsibilities: The IIP intern may conduct synthetic organic chemistry of small heterocyclic drug-like molecules, purification (HPLC) and characterization (LCMS, NMR, Mass Spectrometry). Although the IIP intern will be primarily conducting synthetic chemistry, there will be significant opportunity to learn about multiple areas of drug discovery and related biology through the multidisciplinary team within which the intern will work. Two main areas of interest: (1) novel therapies to treat inflammatory disease (asthma / type 2 diabetes / inflammatory disorders of the brain) via targeting the NLRP3 inflammasome and (2) drugs against pathogenic fungi, in particular, the human pathogenic fungus cryptococcus neoformans a common cause of fatal fungal meningioencephalitis in immunocompromised individuals. Additional background information on the two research areas: Novel Therapeutics for Anti-inflammatory Disease and Drugs against pathogenic fungi.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with experience in synthetic organic chemistry and an interest in therapeutics are encouraged to apply. Laboratory experience, particularly organic synthesis work, is required.
Previous work responsibilities (in words of past interns): Intern #1: My project began with an organic synthesis. I was responsible for finding information regarding potential synthetic methods and carrying out the synthesis itself. Intern #2: I synthesized a library of organic compounds to be tested as potential inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (an enzyme) inhibitors. Previous studies have shown that targeting this enzyme may be an effective path toward eliminating Cryptococcus neoformans (a fungus) infection in immunocompromised individuals...I am learning much about organic chemistry. I have been introduced to a wide array of reagents and solvents, reaction techniques, and characterization and purification techniques. Intern #3: My work responsibilities are centered around a project that aims at synthesizing and, thereby, finding new antibiotics. One molecule in a vast library of molecules was found to have favorable antimicrobial properties against gram-positive bacteria (and one form of harmful fungi). My job was to create analogs of this compound using organic chemistry to do so in order that these analogs can be tested to see if they have enhanced activity against harmful bacterial...I learned all about chemistry lab procedure and how to handle independent research...I created a couple of compounds that are analogs of one that has antibacterial properties. These analogs will then be tested against the bacteria again to see if there is a change in antibiotic capability. If so, then IMB may allocate additional funding and research to creating analogs of that compound and mass-producing it for testing. Intern #4: I synthesized molecules that are variants of a known molecule that has antibacterial properties, as part of the new CO-ADD program...The organic synthesis I did could lead to the creation of a new drug (fingers-crossed), and subsequently greater publicity and funding for CO-ADD...Working in a lab was a very good refresher on organic chemistry and on lab techniques. I have learned how to use chemistry machinery, which I think will be good preparation for the fall, when I have to take Experimental Chemistry.
View PowerPoint presentations by past IIP interns:
IMB intern PowerPoint - Julianne Goff
IMB intern PowerPoint - Carol Gu
IMB intern PowerPoint - Yash Patel
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