There are a number of different opportunities to be involved in virtual internship opportunities during the summer and winter breaks. Below are details on the providers that have been approved as UQ Student Employability Centre (SEC) Internship opportunities, and details on the opportunities they offer.

Following the changes to the 2020 Academic Timetable, and as an one off situation, the virtual internship programs for Winter 2020 will run into teaching week 1 of semester two. Students must ensure that their participation of virtual internships does not jeopardise their academic learning and they will not receive any special consideration for assessment extensions or deferred exams should they choose to complete an internship program during Winter 2020.

Applications for Summer 2020/2021 are NOW OPEN!

1. Practera Nano: Industry Projects

Who are Practera?

Practera is an education technology and services company, connecting the world of work and learning through technology. Our mission is to build the world’s leading system to help educators deliver scalable experiential learning programs. We have offices and staff across six countries and a global technology-led vision.

 What we do:

  • Licensing for our world-leading experiential learning platform 
  • Experiential learning design and advisory for our platform 
  • Full-service program delivery by our award-winning Programs team.

Employers are continually seeking graduates with more work-ready skills. Practera works to meet this demand by delivering excellent experiential programs, cost effectively, and at scale to students. Our business model is supported by proprietary technology which we have developed specifically for work integrated learning.

What can I participate in?

UQ in conjunction with Practera, are offering students the opportunity to work on a 2-week real-world business experience, via virtual collaboration with your student team, and client. This program is open to UQ students from all faculties and levels of study, however, eligibility criteria will apply. There are two nano programs available for students to participate in, only one program can be completed within a round. Please find further details on the two programs below. 

Program 1: Launch U Trade Accelerator (LTA)

This program is part of the Launch U Trade Accelerator Program (LTA) supported by Study Queensland and connects student teams to undertake international market research/analysis projects for real Australian Exporters through a project learning app. Through LTA students will act as ‘consultants’ to conduct a market research analysis for an Australian Exporter. Students will be required to commit to 25 hours in total over the 2-week experience. Student teams can meet in person or collaborate completely online to complete the project.

Program 2: Shared Value

Shared Value is an experiential learning project that develops key 21st century capabilities as students conduct research and provide recommendations in response to a client brief. Students will research, identify and present practical initiatives aligned to a UN Sustainability Goal to increase the positive social, environmental and economic impact the client has in the world.

All organisations, large and small, Government, private and not-for profits, have a role to play in creating a more sustainable economy and a more just society. However, this responsibility does not need to be separate to business opportunities; shared value initiatives should simultaneously increase competitive advantage and be in the pursuit of core business strategy & profits. Students will be required to commit 25 hours in total over the 2-week experience. Student teams can meet in person or collaborate completely online to complete the project.

What are the aims, and what do they involve?

As a student consultant in these programs, you will:

  • Work in a team with other students
  • Respond to an export brief provided by an Australian organisation
  • Work with your allocated team to conduct a 2-week market research / market analysis project
  • Develop real world professional skills

The program aims to help improve your ability to:

  • Work well in a diverse team
  • Collaborate across disciplines
  • Manage a project
  • Deliver a market research project

Costs & Inclusions

There are no fees or associated costs that students are required to pay toward completing a Practera Nano program.

When successfully completed students will receive:

  • direct feedback from their client on their project outcome,
  • a certificate on completion, and
  • a completion badge to display on their LinkedIn profile.

Grants

Students completing this program are not eligible to apply for the Employability grant.

What did past student think were the benefits?

Below are testimonials from students who participate in the February 2020 and July 2020 cohorts.

"Before enrolling for this program, I would find it hard to put my ideas in front of a bunch of people. This program was short and quick which served as an icebreaker for our team. We wanted to get things done on time and on point which made all of us bounce ideas off of each other as quickly as possible. We experienced how it was to be part of a team serving a real world client. Their feedback was crucial and very helpful. Most of all we understood that the technical skills aren't the only important ones, but soft global skills also play a crucial role in successful completion of a practical project.” Shared Value Program, Jul 2020 | UQ Masters of Science Student

"Before this program, I felt quite insecure about communicating with industry professionals and collaborating with other team members who I had never met before. By stepping outside of my comfort zone, I feel that this experience has definitely boosted my self-confidence, and has allowed me to believe that I am capable of achieving and completing anything I wish to, as long as I have the right mindset.”LTA Program, Jul 2020 | UQ Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management  Student

"It is an excellent platform to experience working with real clients, especially when you have never been employed before. The program helped me a lot through the whole experience by providing a step-by-step guide that was easy to follow. I highly recommend this program as it will be a huge help in gaining and developing your skills for the future.”LTA Program, Jul 2020 | UQ Bachelor of Business Management Student

“The Global Trade Accelerator Program [now Launch U Accelerator Program] was a great learning and working experience for me. I joined this program with little to no professional experience in business research however, with the support of this program I have greatly developed my skills in this short time frame. By articulating my knowledge and communications skills as an engineering student, I was able to contribute to the team from a different perspective and collaboratively work with so many potential future leaders from various backgrounds; including Social Sciences, Environmental Management, Business and Humanitarians. This is definitely a great start to my 2020. Looking forward to own more unknowns.” – GTA Program, Feb 2020 | UQ Bachelor of Engineering/Computer Science Student

Eligibility

To participate in a Practera Nano program, you must;

1. Be actively enrolled into a UQ program and courses*,
2. Not due to graduate at the end of the semester of application*, and
3. Have a minimum GPA of 4 and a record of steady academic achievement.
4. Be successful in obtaining one of the limited spaces available.

*Due to the evolving situation of COVID-19, students may be considered for participation in this program if they are not currently enrolled. Students who are due to graduate at the end of semester 2, 2020 are also eligible to apply, although they may not be eligible for UQ Insurance while undertaking their internship. These exceptions are for this round of applications only.

How do I apply?

Practera Nano internship programs take place during the universities winter and summer breaks. There are two rounds taking place over the summer 2020/2021 break and you will be asked to identify your preferred program and round within the application form.

 

Places will be limited and will be approved on a competitive basis.

 

  Round 1 Round 2
Application Close Date 15 November 2020* 17 January 2021*
Program Start Date 30 November 2020 01 February 2021
Program End Date 11 December 2020 12 February 2021

*Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications to UQ

Application close dates are listed above.

Apply to UQ

 

 

Key Dates

Summer Break Period, 2020/2021

Start: 22 November 2020
End: 19 February 2021

UQ Application Dates

Open: 3 August 2020
Close: Varied dependent on program

Internships must start and end within the dates specify above

Information Session

Learn more about the program opportunities before you apply by attending the provider information sessions below!

InsideSherpa Virtual Experience Programs | Thursday 13 August | 11am - 12pm | Register here

NEXSTEP Virtual Internships | Monday 17 August | 1pm - 2pm | Register here

World Endeavors Virtual International Internships | Tuesday 25 August | 10am - 11am | Register here

Pagoda Projects Remote Internships | Wednesday 26 August | 1pm - 2pm | Register here

CISaustralia Virtual Internships | Thursday 10 September | 1pm - 2pm | Register here

The Intern Group Virtual Internships | Thursday 17 September | 11am - 12pm | Register here

Credit for Internships

Some students may be able to receive credit towards their UQ program pending faculty approval. The Student Employability team is unable to provide further advice regarding internships for credit. If you are interested in seeking credit, please refer to the Credit for Internships page for more specific details

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