What is the Role of Co-coordinator?: From Internship's Experience

  • Onishi, Mai (Graduated School of Advanced Technology and Science, The University of Tokushima) ;
  • Morimoto, Emi (Institute of Technology and Science, The University of Tokushima) ;
  • Kamada, Mahito (Institute of Technology and Science, The University of Tokushima)
  • Received : 2011.10.04
  • Accepted : 2012.09.10
  • Published : 2012.09.30


Graduate Students in engineering at The University of Tokushima can take part in an educational program which is offered long-term internship opportunities (at a company or the government). Onishi, one of authors, took part in this educational program. She is studying environmental conservation at the university and is interested in environmental conservation activities led by residents. Striking a balance between environmental conservation and human economic activities is seen as important to society. However, the continuing in environmental conservation activities is difficult. Therefore, collaborative activities attract attention as a way of the continuing in environmental conservation activities. A person called "co-coordinator" is a key to make many people to participate in the sustainable collaboration activities. The main role of co-coordinator is connecting people who are interested in environmental conservation activities. The purpose of joining in environmental conservation activities is different from person to person depending on where they belong to or where they live. Onishi took part in the educational program to learn the techniques of adjusting the differing interests. She did her internship at environmental consulting company in Kamikatsu town, Tokushima prefecture. She participated in several environmental conservation activities and work experience as a coordinator. Through this experience, she learned not only the technique but also the difficulty of the work. This paper reports the results obtained from her experience.


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