GHD—one of the world’s leading engineering, architecture, environmental and construction companies—partners with Griffith through the University’s Industry Affiliates Program.
A work-integrated learning initiative, IAP places final-year science, environment, engineering and technology students into relevant project roles with partner organisations for a semester as part of their degree.
Past projects have included collating and analysing data, researching and testing new materials and developing hydraulic models for future weather events.
IAP Coordinator Debra Cross says the program provides multiple advantages for all involved.
Our students can gain industry experience and credit towards their studies, and businesses can add to their resource base and have small projects completed without adding to their costs.
GHD Recruitment Advisor Josef van Boven says the IAP has proven valuable to the business, with many students securing graduate employment following their IAP placement.
"IAP has allowed us to engage with top students on projects that mutually benefit both GHD and the student" Mr van Boven says.
"The program has also been a key source of top graduates, and allows a two-way interaction with potential employees to determine suitability."
GHD is one of about 60 organisations who partner with Griffith Sciences each semester in the Industry Affiliates Program.
Other partner organisations include the CSIRO, Rio Tinto, Thiess, Arcadis and local councils such as City of Gold Coast, Logan City Council and Brisbane City Council.