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Work collaboratively on a joint research project alongside experienced professionals.

Each year, we invite students from the University of Melbourne to join us for a three-week intensive internship. One student from each discipline of Landscape Architecture, Town Planning and Urban Design is chosen, the three of whom will complete a joint research assignment, whilst mentored and guided by our team.

Applicants need to be current University of Melbourne students at the master’s level, enrolled in MSD Vocational Placement subject.

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Biodiversity Positive Streets

The 2024 Tract x UoM Internship will build upon the research of Tract and our past internship groups. This year we will be turning focus to Biodiversity Positive Design.

Interns last year investigated walkability at a precinct-scale, across the inner-city suburb of Collingwood, using a toolkit of established healthy liveable city indicators. Their research found that a scarcity of public open space and sparse tree canopy coverage were two of the main factors impacting walkability within the suburb.

The 2024 Tract x UoM Internship will investigate the opportunities and benefits of Biodiversity Positive Design. It has long been acknowledged that streets and public open space can play a major role in greening our cities. Through considered intervention and urban policy, streets and public open space can also contribute to providing habitat, improving biodiversity, and supporting environmental sustainability in our cities.

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The United Nations has done significant work through its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), its Convention on Biological Diversity and its Sustainable Development Goals. In 2019 The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) declared a Climate and Biodiversity Loss Emergency.

Tract is also committed to improving our climate and biodiversity performance and reducing our environmental impacts, both through our business practices and through our work as planners, landscape architects, and urban designers.

Driven by our commitment, we invite applications from students of town planning, landscape architecture, and urban design to work with Tract on this internship. Over a three-week intensive program, we will be expanding our research to help the industry improve biodiversity outcomes in our neighbourhoods to allow both communities and local flora and fauna to thrive.

The internship will offer the opportunity for students to undertake self-guided research, with support and mentorship from current industry professionals and leaders. At the end of the internship, students will deliver a presentation of their findings to Tract’s national team and key industry partners, outlining how their findings can be applied to current and future communities.

How to apply

Application process

1. Tell us about yourself

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter.
  • Current resume.
  • Folio and/or project examples (e.g., drawings, reports).

2. Your cover letter should outline

  • Why you’re interested in the research project.
  • What skills you can bring to the project.
  • Your ability to work as part of a team.
  • Your discipline preference.
  • Confirmation that you are a current master’s student at the University of Melbourne and are – or, at the time of the internship, will be – enrolled in ABPL90307 MSD Vocational Placement.

3. Applications close

Monday, 30 October 2023 at 5:00pm

4. Submit your application

Submit your application by email to
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