Academy the starting point for Australia–Americas internship program

July 16, 2018
The interns from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and the US met at the Shine Dome in Canberra.
Hikers with day backpacks and warm clothes walking a track in an Australian forest.
A visit to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve near Canberra was part of the interns’ welcome by the Academy.

A large group of PhD students from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and the US gathered at the Academy in mid June as the starting point for the this year’s Australia–Americas PhD Research Internship Program.

The program is providing 40 second- and third-year PhD students in education, science and engineering with opportunities to conduct research in Australian institutions and to initiate personal relationships with their Australian counterparts over eight to twelve weeks during the North American summer. The participants of the program are being hosted by universities, CSIRO divisions, government departments and research institutions.

The two-day orientation program in Canberra included a welcome by the Academy’s Chief Executive Anna-Maria Arabia and representatives of the Department of Education and Training, as well as site visits to Parliament House and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. The Academy hosted a dinner at the Shine Dome that was attended by Fellows and representatives of relevant Embassies.

Thank you for the introduction to the culture and country’s history. It has given me significant background and understanding of things I have already experienced while here in my host city. Also, the orientation gave us a great opportunity to develop relationships with other participants so we can explore and experience many of the great things this country has to offer together. Program participant

The internship program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.


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