2021-22 Summer Studentships


Thanks for your interest in our Good Health Design Summer Studentships. We have now filled up all our summer studentship positions for the year.

Please check in again next year for the next round of summer studentship opportunities. These are usually posted as early as August. Follow us on our social media @goodhealthdesign to find out as soon as our summer studentships are open for applications.

If you are interested or curious about postgraduate studies and what it can offer, feel free to check out our past Master's projects here or get in touch with us at goodhealthdesign@aut.ac.nz for a chat. Our team is highly experienced in supervising real-world applied design projects with external partners, and can match students to great Master's projects that align with where they want to be in the future.

2021-22 Summer Studentships


This year, AUT's Good Health Design have several awesome opportunities for AUT design students interested in or currently pursuing postgraduate studies in design for health and wellbeing. Learn more about how to apply and the projects on offer below.

How to apply.
To apply for the summer studentship, send your CV, portfolio and a statement about why you want this opportunity, which summer studentship(s) you are interested in (this can be more than one) and why you would be suitable for this role to goodhealthdesign@aut.ac.nz. Applicants may be contacted for more information or for a short interview to get to know you better. Applications close 2nd November 2021.

Supervision Team.
All projects will be supervised by the staff at Good Health Design.

Your Role.
You will be working closely with the supervision team to carry out your assigned design/research project (project opportunities as outlined below). This role will require you to work at Good Health Design (at AUT) for the duration of the summer studentship and be part of a cohort with other summer students. You will need to document your research and design process throughout the project, and produce a report/presentation at the end of your role. This is a 10-week full time (37.5-40 hours per week) paid studentship over the summer break from November 2021 to February 2022 (with a 2-week closedown period over Christmas from late December 2021 — early January 2022 (TBC)).

Requirements.
  • We are looking for passionate design students with an interest in design for health and wellbeing. You should be a critical thinker, have human-centred design skills and be a good visual communicator.
  • You need to be at the end of your third-year as a design student at AUT (or a recent design graduate) intending to enroll into a postgraduate programme in 2022, or a current postgraduate student.
  • Preference will be given to students wanting to do postgraduate research in design for health and wellbeing space.
  • You must be eligible to work in New Zealand.

If you are interested or curious about postgraduate studies and what it can offer, feel free to check out our past Master's projects here or get in touch with us at goodhealthdesign@aut.ac.nz for a chat. Our team is highly experienced in supervising real-world applied design projects with external partners, and can match students to great Master's projects that align with where they want to be in the future.

The project opportunities.

Our project opportunities with the Institute for Innovation and Improvement (i3) have now closed. Below are the project opportunities still on offer for the summer studentships.
Museum of Meaningful Moments

The Museum of Meaningful Moments (MMM) provides an online space for people to share small, meaningful moments from their everyday lives that may otherwise go unnoticed. Seeing COVID-19 lockdowns as an opportunity for people to slow down and reflect on what mattered to them, MMM aims to build an ongoing collection of appreciative moments during this globally challenging time.

We're looking for two design students, interested in illustration and/or animation, be interested in driving social media, and who can demonstrate leadership, collaborate and be responsible for the following:

  • Visualise and illustrate the ‘data’ or stories that emerge from our ‘Imagining Community Wellbeing’ projects and related symposium, and archive this in the online museum
  • Manage the MMM social media to grow new followers and maintain engagement with the existing online community
  • Managing submissions and posting material as it is submitted
  • Creating events and activities to support community engagement or activities  
  • Create a book that collects some of the best stories and submissions to the MMM to be published and used as a potential research tool/workshop
Design for Health Minor

Good Health Design will be leading a Design for Health Minor, engaging students interested in the design for health and wellbeing space. This new minor will build on the previous success of Integrated Studio and utilise Good Health Design’s existing relationships with DHB’s and NGOs to provide a challenging and comprehensive experience for students who take the D4H Minor when it starts in 2023.  

The online presence of the D4H Minor (and Design for Health Bootcamps) will indicate to an international interdisciplinary audience, that the AUT and the School of Art & Design is leading in the way it provides relevant and timely programmes to create great graduates ready to make a difference in the world, where health and wellbeing continues to be key area of research and development.  

One of the challenges facing interdisciplinary activities is how to give them form in a way that engages with different disciplines, especially when they come with specific perspectives and ways of doing. For example, those practitioners from the health sciences may value and understand things in a different way that those who may come from design disciplines. Understanding how those from different disciplines ‘see’ things is important to be able to break down barriers to interdisciplinary spaces and collaborations, and to ‘invite’ those who may not have prior knowledge or experience to participate in these new ways of thinking in a safe and open way.

The aim of the summer studentship is to support ongoing research to explore how to communicate the value (make visible and engaging) of collaboration between design and health; how might we communicate the opportunities associated with an emerging discipline (design for health) and the new ways of thinking that come with new interdisciplinary practice, to help those working within their own discipline/silo prepare themselves for the changing industry/sector/field.  

Past Summer Student Projects

Below are projects by summer students who have worked with us previously. Several of these projects have gone on to win or become finalists in the Best Design Awards.