2015/16 DPC Summer Internship Program

The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) Victoria is seeking applications from final or penultimate year undergraduate students to participate in the 2015-16 DPC Summer Internship Program.

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Applications are now open and close midnight Sunday 16 August 2015.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet is seeking applications from final or penultimate year students of their first undergraduate degree to participate in the 2015-16 DPC Summer Internship Program.

DPC is offering various places for the twelve week program which commences on Monday 23 November 2015 and concludes on Friday 12 February 2016.

Interns will be employed in a variety of roles across the department and within several of its portfolio agencies.

Candidates from a range of academic disciplines (Arts, Business/Commerce, Economics, Policy, Social Science) who have an interest in working for the Victorian Public Service are encouraged to apply.

DPC welcomes and encourages applications from students from all diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, as well as people with a disability.

Imagined Futures: The lives and aspirations of young African migrant women in Australia

Deakin Sociology doctoral candidate Laura Gobey is exploring the aspirations of young African migrant women in her study titled Imagined Futures: the lives and aspirations of young African migrant women in Australia. The study seeks to investigate the lives and aspirations of young African migrant women in Melbourne, between the ages of 18 to 25 years. As a young woman herself from a South African background, Laura is motivated to find out what matters to these young women when it comes to how they envision their futures as well as create new knowledge on the African community in Australia.

The project takes a unique approach by using digital platforms for participants to record and reflect on their aspirations. As Laura explains it, “ The young women in my study are encouraged to take photographs of their current realities and of those things that symbolise their aspirations and upload them into their own online diary. The photos and words that make up each participant’s online diary will then be used as the basis for personal interviews with each participant. This research technique combines what sociologists call the diary-interview method and photo-interview/photo-elicitation method”.

Laura is currently looking for participants to be involved in this innovative project. Participants will be asked to keep an online photo-diary for a week, followed by an informal interview. There is a $20 Coles-Myer voucher for each participant at the completion of the study, so spread the word!
You can contact Laura on laura.g@research.deakin.edu.au