**BOb internships considered by application to firstname.lastname@example.org**
The Border Crossing Observatory (BOb) Internship Program is run under Monash University’s Visiting Scholar Program. The Internship Program provides participants with the opportunity to:
- Work in a dynamic global research centre
- Contribute to scholarly and public policy debate
- Develop valuable networks with fellow researchers from Australia and around the world.
We offer a collegial, dynamic and supportive learning and working environment, limiting each intake to three interns to ensure you get the most out of the experience.
Research topics and tasks
Interns have the opportunity to choose from a range of thematic issues to work on including border policing and security, migration and mobility, border crossing, gender and human rights.
A program of work is designed in consultation with the BOb’s Management Team, based on the intern’s interests, experience and skills.
Specific project work may involve:
- Preparing a briefing paper on a specific country
- Drafting legal commentary and analysis
- Assisting with preparing academic articles, conference papers, or a chapter for a research report
- Convening academic and practitioner dialogue through roundtable discussions and seminars
- Completing other research tasks, resource management and social media tasks as required.
Interns are expected to participate in the program full time for 5 days per week for a 2 week period (10 working days).
Longer internships can also be negotiated, subject to our available resources at the time. Please contact us by email before submitting an application for a longer internship.
We accept applications from students who have completed are or currently enrolled in a:
- Final year of an undergraduate degree with a major in Criminology (or cognate discipline)
- Honours year in Criminology (or a cognate discipline)
- PhD or Masters in Criminology (or cognate discipline)
- Enthusiasm to learn and contribute to a dynamic and collegial research environment
- Relevant work experience or demonstrated interest in one of BOb’s Research Agenda areas
- Academic results
- Referee report
- Please complete the BOb Internship Program Application Form
- Have your referee complete a Referee Report Form
- Please write a one page application letter detailing relevant work experience and skills, and your reasons for applying for the BOb Internship Program.
- Provide copies of all university academic transcripts.
- Submit all material by email to Rebecca.Powell@monash.edu
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a short interview to discuss their research interests and expectations for the program. Interviews will be conducted via telephone for interstate and international applicants.
Frequently asked questions
Q. I am not currently studying at a university, am I eligible to apply?
A. Yes, if you have completed an undergraduate, honours or postgraduate degree in Criminology or cognate discipline.
Q. Is the Internship Program open to students from other universities?
A. Yes. Students from other Australian and international universities are warmly encouraged to apply.
Q. Will I be paid for my time working as an intern?
A. No, internships are conducted on a voluntary basis.
Q. Are there any grants available for housing or living costs for interstate and international students?
A. Unfortunately at present the Observatory is unable to provide interns with reimbursement for their living costs. Please contact your home university in relation to any possible funding to assist you.
Q. I am not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, what visa should I apply for?
A. A Tourist Visa will not suffice for participation in this program. If you are aged between 18 and 30 years a Working Holiday Visa may be an option for you. This however is a one-off visa and may not be applied for again at a later date. This is important to keep in mind if you plan to travel and work in Australia again for a period of up to 12 months. The following link will provide you with further details: http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/working-holiday/.
If you are not able to apply for this visa due to age or other restrictions please contact the Managing-Director at email@example.com and we will advise you on alternative visa arrangements.
Q. Where can I stay?
A. Monash University’s Clayton campus is located 20km from Melbourne’s CBD. There are various accommodation options close to Monash University’s Clayton campus:
- Mannix College is located on-campus and may have short-term vacancies during the year.
- Monash University Homestay accommodation program offers short-term home-stays close to campus.
- StudentFlatmates.com.au and Melbourne’s Gumtree have share accommodation listings.
- This is a list of hotels and motels in the area.
- The Monash University Residential Services website has useful information and advice regarding renting in Victoria, Australia.
Alternatively, interns may prefer to seek accommodation in the more vibrant inner-city suburbs nearby. The Clayton campus can be easily accessed by bus or train from the inner-city suburbs of Elwood, Richmond, South Yarra, St Kilda, Toorak, Armadale, Malvern and Caulfield.
Q. What do previous Research Interns say about their experience?
A. You can read about the experiences of previous Research Interns here.