Opportunities, grants and prizes

Opportunities, grants and prizes

Science and Engineering PACE students are encouraged to apply for the below opportunities if they think the opportunity might be suitable as a PACE Activity. Students should discuss the suitability of the opportunity with their Unit Convenor to confirm that the opportunity will meet the Learning Outcomes of the PACE unit before commencing the opportunity.

Video: How to source your PACE activity

A number of PACE units across the University provide students the opportunity to find their own PACE activity. This video draws on the experiences of students from the Faculty of Science and Engineering to offer guidance on how to find a PACE activity, the benefits involved, and how to overcome some of the challenges that might be encountered.

International Opportunities

Go Green in the City 2016

The fifth annual Go Green in the City international business case challenge, where the top 12 teams will compete to win a trip around the world and a career opportunity at Schneider Electric.

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PACE International Projects for 2016

There are some exciting opportunities with PACE International in 2016. Applications are now open.

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Domestic Opportunities

Call for FIRST Robotics Volunteers

Attention MQU Faculty of Science & Engineering Students. This is the official Volunteer call for the FIRST Robotics Competition Australia Regional.

Venue: Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre
Dates: 17, 18, 19 March 2016

There are technical roles available.  (Robot Inspectors, Referees etc.)

Visit the new Volunteer Opportunities Webpage to learn about this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition game “FIRST Stronghold!” and view the many opportunities over this three day event be involved.

Habitat Box Project (Bankstown Location)

The major aims of the project are to assess the condition (and use) of previously installed boxes, help determine which boxes require repair/removal/replacement and update habitat box information in Council’s asset database

Major Tasks are:

  1. Field work -  assess condition of box against a set of criteria and  use a GoPro camera to check contents of box for signs of use.
  2. Data entry -  record all field data and  calculate ‘overall condition index’.
  3. Asset database entry -  upload field assessment data, update ‘overall condition index’  and import habitat box images.

Student will gain hands on experience assessing habitat boxes for both safety and functionality. They will learn about the importance of creating supplementary habitat in urban environments and how local animals adapt. The significance of managing artificial habitats and how Council manages its assets will also be discussed.

Student will also gain general experience working in a local government environment and general office skills. Training will be provided for Council’s asset database and MapInfo software.

The project would wrap up by 30 June 2016, with flexible days of work, eg one day a week over a few months or to fit in with study breaks.

If you are interested please email pace.science@mq.edu.au.

Cochlear Software/Computer Science placement

Cochlear, based in Macquarie Park, require an intern on a short-term placement. Placement will start in early February for approximately 10 days placement. Hours and days to be negotiated between partner and student. Please send your cover letter and resume to pace.science@mq.edu.au. Applications close January 31st.

Project details

Cochlear's coding project involves refining / tweaking an existing program developed with Anaconda’s Python. The ideal candidate is an engineering / computer science student / graduate with Python and/or machine learning knowledge. The program employs machine learning and patent data to assign new patent publications to various categories. Candidates do not need any experience with patents or intellectual property.

At a high level, we need a proper GUI to replace a command line interface and testing against different subsets of our patent data. In more detail:

  1. The GUI creation should not take more than a couple of days (using, e.g., https://github.com/chriskiehl/Gooey).
  2. Creating a stand-alone executable version of the existing rough program could take a bit more time, perhaps a week to get the tweaks right.
  3. There are various, less critical improvements to the program as well.

Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences


Are you studying or interested in Early Childhood, Education, STEM? Do you love Museums and sharing stories? We have a great short-term volunteer role available.

The Museum is responsible for delivering creative, cultural and educational experiences for all age ranges that encourage engagement with the applied arts and sciences. We are looking for a team of volunteers interested in early education, STEM and museum studies. This team will be involved with the behind the scenes planning and on-floor delivery of a new suite of public programs aimed at our under 5’s audience. Students this is a great way to gain experience with interpretation and looks awesome on your resume.

Find out more about the 2016 Summer Holiday Volunteer Program.

Manly Environment Centre

Manly Environment Centre have offered two projects to our PACE students:

  1. an investigation into the reduction of green tape. The project will concentrate on the merging of state and federal biodiversity.
  2. Investigation of the Briefing Paper on the NSW Parliament website by the NSW Parliamentary Research Service “Pollution in Sydney Harbour: sewage, toxic chemicals and microplastics. Briefing Paper No.03/2015 by Daniel Montoya. This paper states that Sydney Harbour is “designated as severely modified by heavy metal contamination”.

For more information on this project please email pace.science@mq.edu.au.

Sydney Wildlife

The objective of Sydney Wildlife is the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured or orphaned native wildlife. The objective of the project improve the assessment and care of incoming wildlife by developing decision trees/protocols for some of the most common species. This information will form the basis for the development of a smart phone app for carers.

The 5 initial target species are:
Rainbow Lorrikeet, Tawny Frogmouth, Brush tailed possum, Ring tailed possum and Grey Headed Flying Fox.

Project 1: Literature analysis of care practices, research results for target species

  • Meet with carers and vets and understand their practices and needs
  • Develop decision trees and test against typical scenarios
  • Seek feedback from expert carers/vets

The students will learn to work in a team, as well as technical details about the biology, ecology, are and rehabilitation of native animals. This will also include developing and understanding of animal welfare issues, for example when it is appropriate to euthanase.

Project 2: Analyse data from the Sydney Wildlife rescue database using basic statistics to report on gross findings, significant trends and anomalies

  • Prepare a report on the presence of and risks to wildlife within a defined geographical area
  • Present the report in a reader-friendly and engaging format using desktop publishing skills
  • Present the report to a meeting of local Sydney Wildlife carers and council officers

Two students working together could undertake this project. One student with science skills to analyse the data; and the other student with communication and publication skills to prepare the final report.

For more information on this project please email pace.science@mq.edu.au.

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Commission is seeking applications for internships for January to June 2016. The internship program provides a practical understanding of the promotion and protection of human rights through the Commission’s statutory functions.

Find out more on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

Stepping Into… Paid Internship Opportunities

Are you a student with disability who wants to:

  • Gain paid work experience in a leading organisation?
  • Build a network of contacts?
  • Develop valuable skills and experience?

Stepping Into...TM is a paid internship program specifically designed for students with a disability, who want paid, hands-on work experience that is degree-relevant. We have been successfully assisting students to obtain paid internships since 2005.

Find out what opportunities are available over Summer 2015/16. More opportunities will be added as they become available. To keep up-to-date with what’s on offer, follow us on Facebook.

Opportunities are currently being advertised for the following organisations:

You must be in your second last or final year of a Bachelor or Postgraduate degree to participate in Stepping Into, and must be registered with Disability Services at your university, or provide relevant medical documentation with the application. View full details on eligibility requirements.

Placements will commence from November 2015 to January 2016, allowing you to complete the internship during the summer university break. Placements are for a minimum 152 hours (unless otherwise specified in the job description). These hours can be worked either full time or part time depending on your requirements for workplace adjustments.

For any queries regarding Stepping Into program, please contact:

Stephanie Littlewood
Stepping Into… Project Coordinator
Email: stephanie.littlewood@and.org.au
Phone: (02) 8270 9240 (direct line)

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences has opened it’s Tertiary Internship Program and is interested in students from all academic backgrounds. More information and application forms.

Pablo and Rusty

Pablo & Rusty are looking for one or two students with a passion for sustainability and the environment. The students will research composting methods used to reduce the waste caused by spent coffee granules. Please contact us via ask.mq.edu.au to find out more about this project and how you can gain credit towards your degree through FOSC300.

Volunteering for Manly Sea Life

There are ongoing opportunities to volunteer at Manly Sea Life. This can count as your PACE Activity for FOSC300. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact us via ask.mq.edu.au.

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Wagga Wagga City Council

Wagga Wagga City Council will be conducting a kerbside waste audit in 2015 and requires the assistance of two students. The students will spend a week in Wagga Wagga, and will be eligible for the PACE regional travel grant and some assistance with accommodation costs. Why not use this project for your FOSC300 PACE unit? Contact us via ask.mq.edu.au to find out more.

The Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse Museum have some great short term volunteer opportunities for students interested in Fashion, Design, Sciences, Education and more over summer. Students can volunteer as a group or individually.

To take advantage of this great opportunity and gain an insight into how Museums facilitate learning and feed curious minds visit Powerhouse Museum volunteer opportunities.

Engineering Opportunities

Information for ENG400

Engineering students can check out these websites

Paid internships

Unpaid internships

3D technology project with MQ Australian History Museum

Are you interested in an ENGG400 internship starting Semester 1, 2016?

WHAT: In broad terms the project involves creating a pilot 3D digital model/scan library that can be publicly accessed and searchable by anyone in the world.

Using the Australian History Museum collection as the basis of content for this digital library the plan for the future is to then open it to the other collections on campus as well as other departments and faculties – including medicine, etc.

WHY: The purpose for creating the library is to allow students, researchers, educators, (even potentially medical practitioners), members of the general public etc to have a place they can go to access high quality 3D digital models to integrate into education programs, use for research, to provide access to rural and remote ‘visitors’, to provide files that can be downloaded and even 3D printed by someone halfway around the world.

WHEN: The plan is for the pilot project to run for about 18 months starting with semester 1 2016, until the end of Semester 1 2017.

PACE STUDENT TASKS: The tasks open to students on this project include:

  • Training and use of 3D scanner hardware – scanning of objects from the collection.
  • Training and use of 3D technology software – creating 3D digital models of objects from the collection.
  • Development of software and applications to create a public-facing library
  • Development of 3D rendering applications/ software for books and paper objects (eg. postcards)

If you are interested applications please send your applications to pace.science@mq.edu.au.

Please mark your application: MQ Australian History Museum 3D technology project

Opportunities for Graduates

Graduate Programmer Analyst at Cognizant

Cognizant is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, dedicated to helping the world’s leading companies build stronger businesses. Headquartered in the US, with representation in over 75 centres worldwide, Cognizant is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world. They are looking to fill the following position.

Graduate Programmer Analyst 2016

Analytics Information Management (AIM) & Enterprise Application Services (EAS) We are looking for motivated IT/Computer Science and Engineering graduates with a proactive approach to learning and excellent written and verbal communication skills. While you’ll be mentored and supported by our industry experts, you will have the opportunity to engage with multiple technological applications and develop practical skills quickly.

  1. Interested Applicants must have:
  2. Ability to attend a 9.00am-4.00pm Graduate Centre in Sydney on 9th Feb (there are two sessions. 9.00-1.00pm and 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Candidate would need to be available for either of these session)
  3. A PR/Citizenship Status
  4. Undergraduate degree in IT/CS/Engineering secured in 2014 or 2015.
  5. Credit Average score as a minimum (64% and above).

Opportunities for Students with a Disability

One of the many exciting opportunities that you might choose to undertake, whether a part of PACE unit or not, is a paid internship through Stepping into… internship program run by the Australian Network on Disability (AND).

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PACE Grants and Prizes

PACE Grants

The PACE Student Travel Grant Scheme is available to help provide financial assistance to students undertaking a PACE activity in regional and remote Australia, interstate and/or overseas.

The PACE Equity Grant Scheme also assist students who are experiencing financial hardship to undertake an approved PACE Activity.

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PACE Prizes

The annual Professor Judyth Sachs PACE Prizes award students for outstanding achievements in their PACE activities and celebrate the mutually beneficial outcomes for our partners and students.

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