The University of Sheffield
Department of Geography

Internship winner visits the Geographical Association

Internship

Emma Browning (BSc Geography) has become the first-ever recipient of an annual month-long internship at the Geographical Association (GA) headquarters after winning an essay-writing competition organised jointly by the GA and the Department of Geography.

Based in Sheffield, the GA is both a charity and the national association for Geography Teachers, and possesses the single core objective of furthering the study, learning and teaching of geography in the UK. Emma visited the GA in March to meet Professor David Lambert, the GA's Chief Executive, to discuss her role at the GA when she begins the internship in June.

Emma's winning essay described her 14 weeks as a volunteer in the village of Mkwiro on Wasini Island, Kenya. This included her work with the Kenyan Wildlife Service and at the local community school. Her essay also detailed how the experience had inspired her to apply to study Geography at University.

Open to all Year 2 students studying Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Sheffield, the competition invited entrants to submit an essay that aimed to stimulate A-level students to study Geography at University. Entrants were also asked to base their essay on one of the seven themes in the GA's manifesto, A Different View, which makes a compelling case for geography's place in the school curriculum.

Impressed by the quality of the essays, Mary Biddulph, Editor of the GA publication Teaching Geography, is now exploring the possibility of publishing an article based on the essays that will be of use to A level students who are considering a geography degree, who are unsure about what university geography can explore, or who wish to engage with geographical thinking at University level.

The essay competition is held annually and the competition details for the 2010/2011 internship (which will take place in summer 2011) will be announced in September 2010. The winner receives a maintenance grant from the Department of Geography and a salary from the GA for the duration of the internship.