ANU Engagement and Success Team - Sense of Self, Belonging and Support Options in Low-SES University Students at an Elite Institution

External opportunities: These internships are not automatically approved for course credit as we do not have a formal agreement with the host organisations. They are considered as self-sourced internships and if they meet the requirements for project content, learning outcomes, safety, etc they can be considered for credit.

If you negotiate a self-sourced internship, email to enquire about credit. Contact us as soon as possible so we can assess the internship requirements, and enrolment in the internship course (eg SCNC 3000) arranged for credit. Include this information in your email: Name of Host organisation; Address of Host organisation; Title of project; Description of project and your duties; Clearances required; Host Supervisor contact details: name, address, email address and phone number; Number of units; Intended session/year of internship eg. Semester 1, 2021.

Internship type

Approved by the College


For credit


Bachelor, Master


The Engagement and Success team provides a range of programs and services to enable students to learn and grow intellectually, socially and professionally during their time at ANU. We undertake activities and provide resources that support orientation and transition, extra-curricular enrichment, leadership and community building for all students. Engagement and Success supports the University to meet its strategic objectives by ensuring an enriched student experience for all students. We aim to undertake activities under the Healthy University Strategy to promote various forms of health within our community.


Project: Sense of Self, Belonging and Support Options in Low-SES University Students at an Elite Institution

Internship details
Availability Semester 1, 2021
  • Science communication
  • Science communication outreach
  • Psychology
  • Undergraduate 2nd or 3rd year
  • Postgraduate coursework
Open to international students Yes
Preferred project skills
  • Data analytics
  • Writing and communication
  • Research including qualitative data analysis
Clearances required No
Host supervisors



This project is an interview-based educational examination of the experience of low-socioeconomic (low-SES), or low-income, students on an elite university campus including their self-perception, barriers and support. The study is based on the substantial sociological and psychological literature on the challenges for low-SES students in transitioning into- and thriving during- tertiary education.

Low-SES students within the Australian higher education system often have a different experience in terms of support required, barriers to overcome, external pressures and sense of identity and belonging. At an elite institution, such as ANU, where there is a low percentage of low-SES students this sense of difference and lack of support can be intensified. This project seeks to explore the student perspective on and experience of these challenges and barriers, alongside any opportunities that arise. The data will be used to inform work on how ANU can best support low-SES students academically, personally, professionally, socially and financially to both increase retention and participation of low-SES students at ANU.

There is an opportunity for an intern to support ANU in collaborating with a small research team in analysing and understanding the experiences of these students to better support students from similar backgrounds. The intern will learn skills in working in a research team; coding and analysing qualitative information, in the form of de-identified interview transcripts; and translating data into both written and visual representation to provide a clear indication of the current situation on campus as well as potential support mechanisms.

This is an opportunity for a self-motivated student who can work independently, is passionate about helping others and has a keen understanding of data and research methods.


Sense of Self, Belonging and Support Options in Low-SES University Students at an Elite Institution

Applications open

1pm 2 October 2020

Applications close

5pm 23 October 2020


Internship course convenor


The application process differs depending on whether the placement is advertised or you find it yourself.