Wikimedia Australia pilot internship

Date: 2021-06-21
Applicant: James Gaunt
Amount requested: $1800
Status: Approved (2021-06-28)
Outcome: Meeting at which this application was discussed: Meeting:Committee_(2021-06-21)


This grant will fund the development of a pilot Wikimedia Australia internship program for tertiary students. The pilot program will enable a tertiary student studying journalism, data science, computer science, information studies, museum or GLAM sector related story, to undertake a Wikimedia Australia internship.

The grant will fund 15 days work through a stipend of $1800 for student James Gaunt from June 2021 until October 2021 to work with Wikimedia Australia to develop and roadtest documentation as supervised by Community Outreach and Support Coordinator Caddie Brain. As part of RMIT's Graduate Diploma of Journalism, students are required to undertake at least one internship of 15 days to complement studies and gain relevant industry experience.

Once established, the Wikimedia Australia internship will give students a chance to research and publish feature stories on the WMAU blog, write resources and internal communications, support WMAU events and workshop activities with partner organisations and contribute to ongoing research projects as negotiated with each participating student.

2021 Intern: James Gaunt

James is a writer, illustrator, and librarian from Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Making Psyence Fiction, a book on the early career of James Lavelle and DJ Shadow, and has written extensively on the English record label Mo’ Wax.

James’s illustrations have been featured in Doll Hospital, and several small zines. He also creates short hand-drawn animated films, such as Five Penguins and Santa’s Hat which can be watched both in English or French.

He completed a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management at University of South Australia, and has a keen interest in exploring how libraries connect with and are used by our communities.

Previous writing on Wikimedia and Libraries: How the State Library of Victoria spent their lockdown improving Wikipedia:


  • Fifteen days work (7 hours per day)
  • Development of internship program (documentation and workflows)
  • Develop a dataset retaining to Australian Music with GLAM industry partner
  • Six case studies
  • Participation/support of delivery of at least one workshop
  • Brief activities report
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