This unit of study is designed as a Work-Integrated Learning industry placement in the agri-food sector where students will consolidate and contextualise the knowledge and skills in applied science and business they have gained in Years 1-3 of the degree. Businesses and organisations that have agreed to host interns include small-medium enterprises (SMEs), large national and multinational companies; and government and non-government organisations with roles in the production, processing, distribution, marketing, research and development, policy-making or regulation of agri-food products. Students will further their learning through application of scientific and business concepts in an authentic practical setting, which will be selected where possible to align with their interests and career aspirations. Internships are established by the Food and Agribusiness Internship Coordinator in consultation with students and host organisations. Student learning outcomes will be achieved in several ways. First, pre-placement workshops on 'soft skills' including inter-personal, communication and self-management skills will improve work-readiness and build student confidence. Throughout the industry placement, students will be offered mentoring by an assigned academic mentor through regular communication and a site visit during the 3rd week of placement. Finally, the assessment tasks have been designed to ensure that the internship is accompanied by continued development of research skills, reflective practice, critical thinking, analytical perspectives, reporting and presentation skills.
One 12-week industry internship
One faculty excursion report (10%), professional conduct and engagement (10%), one industry report (20%), one reflective diary (20%), one internship report (35%), one oral presentation (5%)
No prescribed textbooks for unit, however students are expected to undertake reading of relevant industry and academic literature for background information.
Costs: students to cover internship related costs (e.g. travel, accommodation) where required
A minimum of 96cp from Year 1 and Year 2 units or on Faculty approval.