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: IIP candidates with interest in math, physics, earth science, computer science, earth physics, and/or geodynamics are encouraged to apply. Basic knowledge of Linux or Unix operation systems and programming ability would be an asset but are not required. French would also be an asset but is not required.
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:
- Public Relations: The TerraCycle PR & Communications Internship focuses on the foundations of public relations, marketing techniques and digital media skills. IIP interns will draft press releases, curate online content, compile media databases, media clipping services, Wordpress, CMS and media tracking programs. IIP interns will have the opportunity to learn how to run successful media campaigns.
- Business Development: This IIP intern will develop business opportunities for TerraCycle. The intern will contribute to the sales strategy of the organization (participate in brainstorm sessions, provide the team with market analysis etc.) The intern will also research, identify and contact potential brand partners, support the creation of deal proposals, create case studies on existing programs, manage the Zero Waste Box offer. This position will also work on the creation of marketing content for the website, preparation of deal proposal and support as needed on any kind of project related to the activity of TerraCycle in Australia and New Zealand.
- Operations: The purpose of this IIP placement to support the General Manager in any operation activities (sales, recycling, logistics, warehousing, product manufacturing). Responsibilities will include liaising with other TerraCycle departments to identify new business opportunities, searching new processing partners and manufacturers in Australia and New Zealand, and liaising with existing partners to run trials and process the waste collected by TerraCycle. The intern will liase with TC head office and suppliers to create a catalog of recycled and upcycled products that can be offered to new or existing clients, provide the team with analysis and recommendations to make TerraCycle logistics more efficient; work with their Sales Associate on ad-hoc projects (quotes, market analysis, presentations, compliance and legislative research) and provide support as needed on any kind of project related to the activity of TerraCycle.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in marketing, public relations, 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 will contribute to the work of the research institute for one of the following projects:
- Project 1 - Dual action Anti-inflammatory Therapeutics: Working as part of an international multidisciplinary team in the field of synthetic medicinal chemistry the intern will synthesise novel members of an exciting compound series, targeting the NLRP3 signalling cascade, aimed at reducing levels of a potent pyrogen interleukin 1β. The aim is to create molecular hybrid molecules which not only reduce inflammation but simultaneously treat disease. Such molecules have significant utility in many areas including asthma, type 2 diabetes and also in disorders of the brain, Parkinsons and Alzheimers. There is a unique opportunity to learn and develop synthetic, purification and analytical skills contributing to our series for future patent and/or publication and the intern will be included on this as deemed appropriate to the work conducted. The student can expect to complete their project with an excellent understanding of the structure activity/property relationships within the series and the underlying biology of the disease area.
- Project 2 - Antibiotic discovery: The CooperGroup at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience has a strong interest in the discovery and development of new antimicrobial agents. We have several ongoing projects at various stages of maturity, from early discovery through to hit-to-lead, lead optimization and pre-clinical development. Each project is unique in terms of targeted organism and medicinal chemistry focus. The intern will have the opportunity to understand the unique challenges of antibiotic discovery and development in a globally recognized research group, and contribute to a high impact research area. In particular, the IIP intern can expect to gain first-hand experience as an independent researcher in a medicinal chemistry setting, learning how to perform reactions and monitor their progress, and how to isolate and characterize their target molecules. Importantly, projects are designed to challenge the intern, and will NOT involve routine repetitive analysis. As such, it will require the intern to think beyond the usual “laboratory practical manual”, where an analytical mind and attention to detail is an asset for identifying and overcoming unforeseen difficulties. The intern will have a clear set objectives and will receive continual guidance during the course of the project.
- In addition to our discovery programs, the group has launched a not-for-profit, open access framework for the discovery of new antimicrobials known as CO-ADD (Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery). CO-ADD screens unique molecules hidden in academic compound collections from collaborators around the world in an attempt to identify novel starting points for antibiotic development. Part of this process involves resynthesizing hits and analogues of hits in order to assess their true potential. Projects in CO-ADD are ongoing and make ideal student projects; the intern will have the option of participating if he or she desires.
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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