The Humanitarian Design Internship is an educational study tour that provides students with professional work experience. Participants will undertake more than 80 hours of full-time design work experience over two weeks in India. Students will undertake a team design project in conjunction with Indian community partners.
Humanitarian Design Internship (ABPL30064)
The Humanitarian Design Internship is an educational study tour that provides students with insights into sustainable built environment design. The internship will provide students with knowledge and application of Laurie Baker’s approach to building design and construction techniques that are low cost, context and climate responsive, and socially inclusive. Students will develop a deeper understanding and need to move towards a Green Habitat and the role innovative building technologies and design can play in creating positive change within Indian communities. Students will have first-hand experience working in culturally different and resource constrained environments. They will work collaboratively with architects and builders at the Laurie Baker Centre for Habitat Studies to learn low cost, contextually appropriate design and building techniques through hands-on workshops and site visits. Participants will undertake more than 80 hours of full-time design work experience over 14 days in India. Students will undertake a team design project in conjunction with Indian partners.
Destination and travel dates
- Students will travel to the coastal city of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala (India) and would be based at Laurie Baker Centre for Habitat Studies (https://www.lauriebakercentre.org).
- In-country dates are January 30 to February 10, 2023.
- Students organise and pay for their own flights and are welcome to travel before and/or after the in country study dates.
The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning secured New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding for this subject. Under NCP guidelines, $3000 will be available for up to 18 domestic students who are successful in their application to the Humanitarian Design Internship subject. Students will pay $2500 per head and this will cover:
- Tuition, trainers, facilitators and learning materials (excluding CSP subject contribution fee)
- All accommodation for the duration of the program.
- All meals for the duration of the program.
- Travel insurance
- Unique access to project sites and community representatives
- Group activities
- All administration costs of the program
Applications for the Humanitarian Design Internship are now open.
Applications close 21 October 2022.
- Applications will be ranked according to academic merit and a short interview, with preference given to students in their final year of study.
- Only Australian citizens are eligible for the NCP Scholarship. The scholarship will be granted once your application has been approved (you do NOT need to apply for the scholarship separately). More information about this will be sent to you after applications close.
- International students may still apply for the subject, but please note you are not eligible for the NCP Scholarship. However, Students who hold citizenship in India are eligible to apply for a travel scholarship here: Melbourne Overseas Internship Grant (unimelb.edu.au)
Pre-departure sessions: 23 January to 27 January 2023
Final assessment due: March 3, 2023
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to arrange a meeting for further discussion.