University of Technology Sydney

94666 Innovation Internship

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UTS: Transdisciplinary Innovation
Credit points: 12 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): 94670 Project: Global Grand Challenges
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 94680 Entering Professional Life (6cp) AND 94681 Entering Professional Life (8cp)


This subject provides students with the opportunity to complete an internship with a technology, production, research or innovation/transformation focus. Students are encouraged to analyse the capabilities needed for a technological innovation-oriented workplace and create opportunities to develop these while working on live briefs, challenges and tasks. Students work with industry mentors to test ideas in practice, evaluate their assumptions in professional settings and to begin to chart their future career trajectories. During the internship, students also gain insights into the DNA of the host organisation, including its people, products and strategic objectives.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Identify opportunities in current and future employment landscapes that align with their own interests
and career goals.
2. Build on capabilities relevant to selected professional fields to negotiate productive working relationships in an internship context.
3. Engage respectfully and ethically with organisational practices and stakeholders with regards to technological deliberations in projects/initiatives undertaken.
4. Contribute productively, generatively or analytically to innovation projects that involve technology in an organisation.
5. Make sense of contemporary technological innovation-oriented professional contexts and generate insights about the impact of approaches and professional practices observed.
6. Propose a strategy for a project/initiative as an alternative to, or an extension of, that experienced in the internship context.
7. Test assumptions and evaluate their own career potential and learning needs for future professional life.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:

  • Communicate confidently and with diplomacy to influence essential stakeholders or decision makers and to achieve impact (3.6)
  • Imagine and design initiatives within existing organisational structures (intapreneurship) or build a new context for change (entrepreneurship) (4.3)
  • Critically explore and articulate the transformation required to create and implement innovation, with sensitivity to the creative destruction that this requires (4.5)
  • Identify significant issues, challenges or opportunities and assess potential to act creatively, technologically and ethically on them (5.1)
  • Design and develop technological ideas, strategies and practices for betterment that engage with and respond respectfully, generatively and analytically to different ways of knowing across community and cultural contexts (5.2)
  • Make technological decisions that recognise the humanity of others by engaging ethically and sensitively to the values of particular groups, communities, organisations or cultures (5.4)
  • Exercise good judgment in knowing when to take a leadership role, and when to enable leadership by others to address community, organisational or cultural issues, challenges and opportunities through technological innovation (5.5)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject provides you with opportunities to develop your skills and attributes by immersing yourself in a technology innovation-oriented workplace. In this subject you apply the transdisciplinary methods and practices learnt in class to complex real-world challenges and glean insights about your unique contribution to practical contexts. You develop an awareness about your own strengths and values, refine current practices and, guided by your workplace internship supervisors and FTDi tutors, begin setting goals for future professional life.

So your experiences as a student in this subject support you to develop the following graduate attributes (GA):

  • GA 3 - Inter- and transdisciplinary practices
  • GA 4 - Resilient practices within complex systems
  • GA 5 - Imaginative and ethical citizenship

Teaching and learning strategies

Students are situated in professional workplace contexts and undertake experiential, work-based learning guided by industry mentors. Strategies include regular feedback from industry supervisors and exchange of experiences with peers and academic mentors throughout the semester.

The modules in this course have been developed so they are flexible and can be completed with varied internship schedules. If the dates on the program don't sync up with your internship please contact the subject co-ordinator.

This subject is designed to help you maximise your internship experience. Part of this involves good planning and setting up a dynamic framework to help you draw upon your learning and maximise the full gamut of opportunities that arise through your internship. As an evolving innovator, your capacity to absorb and delineate the qualities and nuances of your environment is a pivotal life skill. It is one you will continue to refine and adapt throughout your professional career. It is a habit of attention that forms a critical part of the investment you will grow and exchange. This internship experience creates a unique space where you can occupy who you have become through your BTI studies, while also responding to and expanding your understanding of how to situate your skills and goals in the changing landscape of innovation and technology. Your internship offers the opportunity to test, listen and clarify your predilections so far.

Content (topics)

  • The new rules of work
  • Career mapping
  • Traditional and digital professional portfolio and profile
  • Ethnographic methods


Assessment task 1: Learning Plan and Professional Profile


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1 and 2

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

3.6 and 5.1

Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 20%

1,000 words (plus appendix with folio of tasks 1- 4).

Assessment task 2: Professional Experience Field Notes


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 3, 4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

3.6, 4.5, 5.2 and 5.4

Type: Journal
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%

1,000 word reflection with journal attached as appendix & printed as a book.

Assessment task 3: Insights And Future Directions


This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

5, 6 and 7

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

4.3, 4.5 and 5.5

Type: Design/drawing/plan/sketch
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%

2,000 words (1,500 word report and 500 word reflection), with supporting appendices.

Minimum requirements

Students must attempt each assessment task and achieve an overall pass mark in order to pass this subject. Please see the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation student guide for further details regarding late submission penalities, extensions and special consideration.

Required texts

No required texts. Readings and other resources will be provided online.

Other resources

Resources provided online.