What were your main roles and responsibilities during the course of your internship?
I assisted my professor in putting together a presentation for a research consortium. This involved researching the area of injury biomechanics for the built environment and age friendly cities, an exciting area that I wish to pursue further. I made visual diagrams to help non-experts understand the subject, reviewed literature and identified possible research areas for grants. I then attended the research consortium where I met academics involved in the subject from a range of universities and made some good contacts. I was also involved in the design and manufacture of a headform drop tester. I made models and drawings on Solidworks and then used the mechanical workshop to make my design.
What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?
I learnt the process of putting together research proposals for grants, and how to create a presentation for a research consortium.
What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?
I helped my professor structure research ideas into a presentation to apply for grants. I started work on an ongoing project for the design of a headform drop tester, providing an initial prototype and engineering drawings to be developed further. I also identified relevant literature for the project.
What skills were you able to develop through the internship?
Teamwork and collaboration, research, networking
What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?
Cultural awareness, logical thinking, creative thinking