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CSIRO seeking STEM professionals to host work placements for indigenous school students

CSIRO is looking for STEM professionals (people working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school students by hosting three-day work placements for these students. This would be a distinct work placement activity that is different to your work as a volunteer in the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program.  

The Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science program (ASSETS) in conjunction with CSIRO’s Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program (SMiS) are working together to provide ASSETS students with an opportunity to further explore their options in STEM fields.

ASSETS students are high achieving, motivated students from across Australia who have participated in a nine-day residential summer school where they worked with academic providers across various fields and conducted their own group inquiry projects. These enthusiastic, competent, year 11 and 12 students are seeking three-day work placement opportunities with STEM professionals to gain further experience in STEM fields to complement their senior school studies. 

ASSETS work placements

STEM professionals will host students for three days during school holidays, providing supervision and support. The work placement will be an immersive experience where students have the opportunity to contribute to a project or develop a STEM technique whilst getting a sense of the work environment. Work placements are an opportunity for STEM professionals to share their passion and knowledge, and in the process, promote students’ understandings about the broad range of STEM-related careers available to them. While every effort will be made to partner all interested students with a STEM professional, if a student does not register in your location, a work placement may not occur this year. If this is the case, we would appreciate keeping your details for future work placements/mentoring opportunities with ASSETS, please let us know if you would not like this to occur. 

Your involvement

We will aim to match students with STEM professionals in their local area. If we are able to match you with a student, you will be notified by email and asked to enter into a partnership with the student’s supporting teacher. We will also organise for you to:

  • complete a working with children check if you don’t already have one, and
  • participate in a training webinar focussing on issues related to working with minors and  cultural awareness when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

You will then:

  • plan an immersive experience for the student allowing them to contribute to a project or develop a skill or technique during their placement (we are able to assist with this if needed)
  • supervise and mentor the student during their work placement

At the conclusion of the work placement, you will be asked to complete a brief report providing feedback on the placement itself as well as the processes and procedures involved and whether you would like to continue being involved in the ASSETS program.

If you’d like to participate and make a difference, please express interest via email or contact Jen Parsons on 073833 5561.

Updated:  7 November, 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute