Public Affairs Internship (Int.Students)

Subject POLS30002 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: To be determined in consultation with host organisation and program staff. Four seminars will be scheduled throughout the semester.
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 340 hours


Students must be undertaking a Major in Politics and International Studies and will have completed 25 points at Level 1 in Politics and International Studies, and 37.5 points at Level 2 in Politics and International Studies, or equivalent from home Universities in cases of Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Enrolment in the BA or GD-ARTS Graduate Diploma in Arts (Politics & International Studies).

An application process applies.

Permission from the Internships coordinator is required prior to enrolling in an internship subject.

Students are required to apply for an internship placement in the semester prior to enrolment.

Application form:

Students will be notified about the outcome of their application after the release of the Semester results of the semester preceding the internship semester or upon submission of relevant transcripts from their home institution.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Politics and International Studies at Levels 1 & 2

Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Lea Campbell


Subject Overview:

In this subject students will have active experience working for a senior person with a policy-making and / or management role in the organisation in which they are placed. The central task will be to complete a policy report or professional portfolio of relevance to the organisation. Academic support and supervision is provided by the School. Government, non-government and community-based organisations which have a public affairs focus or interest will provide placements.

If primary research is carried out during the internship, ethics approval is the responsibility of the host organisation.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Apply disciplinary knowledge in the context of being placed at a host organisation and being immersed in its culture;
  • have well-developed analytical, research and writing skills;
  • have practical and professional skills and ethics enabling the provision of future consultancy-type research services;
  • have high-level interpersonal, written and oral skills developed through interaction in various contexts and with a range of people.

  • A research essay or professional portfolio of 6000 words (80%) due during the examination period.
  • A reflective essay of 2000 words (20%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: Mid-semester progress report and a supervisor assessment report. Students must attend a minimum all seminars in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in seminars is required.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students will only be permitted to take one Politics and International Studies Internship as part of a BA or the GD-ARTS.

This subject has a quota of 10 students per semester.

Applications are made online through the School of Social and Political Sciences in the semester prior to the one in which the internship is to occur. The application due date is the last day of the examination period in the semester prior to intended enrolment.

Application form:

POLS30002 Public Affairs Internship (Int Student) is not available as a Breadth subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Diploma in Arts - Politics and International Studies
Political Science Major
Politics and International Studies

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