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13th September 2023

Invaluable training to university students


MESHA is proud to offer university students an opportunity to learn firsthand how research programs work.

Each semester, MESHA selects undergraduate and postgraduate candidates studying a range of degrees to participate in its Placement and Internship Program.

Program supervisor, Dr Henry Bowen said the candidates are a welcomed addition, contributing to new and ongoing research to support Australian military members, emergency service personnel and their families.

“While there is a general format for the program, MESHA is careful to customise each individual placement to each candidates’ training backgrounds, lived experiences, and future career paths, to ensure that candidates can work on real projects that interest them, and develop real skills to support their movement into the workforce,” said Dr Bowen.

“This program also prepares them for the larger workforce beyond graduation.”

The Placement and Internship Program is also valued by MESHA’s university partners. University of SA Psychology External Field Educator Igor Sukno said the partnership is an invaluable opportunity for all students.

“Our students have had the opportunity to contribute and develop their research and critical thinking skills, as well as a variety of transferrable skills in a real-world research setting,” Igor said.

“The opportunities provided by MESHA have assisted in preparing UniSA psychology students on their pathways into the workforce, or further research-focused study in the Honours, Masters, and PhD programs.”

Adrian, who has finished his Master of Social Work, said the experience has been “extremely enjoyable and insightful”.

“MESHA has given me invaluable resources and confidence to move into my social worker career,” Adrian said.

“The staff and other placement students have been warm and welcoming and have been instrumental to my development as a social worker.’’

If you’d like to know more about MESHA’s Placement and Internship Program, please contact MESHA at [email protected] or visit our website

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