Computing Internship - Crawford School of Public Policy (Project3)

This position is offered through the ANU Computing Internship.

Organisation Description

Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University is Asia and the Pacific’s leading graduate public policy school. Staff and students at the School play an essential role in shaping public policy through research, education and policy engagement.

Crawford School is home to some of the region’s most important researchers and many staff are active on government committees and in key advisory roles across government, business and civil society. Students at the School are valued members of the region’s leading public policy community and contribute actively to the impact being made on the world’s challenges surrounding such issues as water, food, energy, economic development, the environment, and governance.

There are 3 internship projects on offer with the Crawford School of Public Policy

Project 3: Engagement to Manage Country: Developing a digital storytelling platform to engage and promote ecological agricultural practices

Australia’s post-colonial food system has seriously degraded the environment, a result of both wilful and accidental neglect of the complex interconnections between the food system and the wider ecosystem, and the abandonment of the Indigenous Australian principles of Caring for Country. The challenge for Australia is to re-engage and empower Indigenous communities with the utility of these pre-colonial food systems and land stewardship practices in order to provide Indigenous Australian’s the opportunity to leverage their own traditional culture and knowledge for economic benefit and environmental stewardship.

To achieve this engagement, we propose constructing a digital story telling platform that visualizes the ecological land management practices. This approach allows for communication and collaboration with stakeholders in a continual, iterative process. The resulting sociocultural platform will integrate Indigenous knowledge and insights with existing models to explore the consequences of adopting different land-use practices for healing Country, and the effect of different production systems on delivering economic, social, cultural, and environmental sustainability.

Required/preferred technical skills or experience in software languages, environments, platforms.

Python programming language or R programming, Visualization, Gaming software (e.g., unity)

Required/preferred professional or other skills

Preferred: agriculture, gamification

Delivery Mode

Project can be undertaken in-person or remote

Student location

We are happy to host a student in any location


No citizenship requirements apply. 

How to apply

Applications are invited from eligible students to apply for the Computing Internship courses COMP3280 or COMP8830. Eligibility details and further information about the Computing Internship can be found on the Computing Internship page

1. Students must first seek confirmation of eligibility by submitting an Eligibility and Room Available in degree check.  

2. Eligible students can then apply through the Computing Internship application form. You can nominate multiple preferred Internship placements through the one application form. 

3. Your application will require you to upload the following documents:

  • an updated copy of your Resume, and
  • an Expression of Interest (limit 350 words) for each organisation you wish to apply to (for organisations with multiple projects only submit one Expression of Interest but state clearly which project/s you wish to be considered for).

Applications open on 29 October and close on 7 November 2021.

Application closing date

7 November 2021
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22 Oct 2021
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