Public Affairs Internship

Subject POLS30003 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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

Total of 240 hours


25 points at Level 1 in Politics and International Studies, and 37.5 points at Level 2 in Politics and International Studies.

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

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Politics and International Studies 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


Dr. Lea Campbell:

Subject Overview:

In this subject students will have active experience working for a senior person with a policy-making and management role in a government, non-government or community-based organisation. Students will be required to use their own networks to make an initial contact with a potential organisation. Their choice will then need to be ratified by the School. The central task will be to complete a policy report or professional portfolio of relevance to the organisation. Students who complete this subject should have well-developed analytical, research, interviewing and report-writing skills enabling the provision of consultancy-type research services, and have high-level interpersonal skills developed through interaction with a range of people involving several tiers of government and a plurality of interests.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have an understanding of the organisation in which they are placed and of their policy making responsibilities, approaches and contexts;
  • have well-developed analytical, research, interviewing and report-writing skills;
  • have practical skills enabling the provision of consultancy-type research services;
  • have high level interpersonal skills developed through interaction with a range of people in and connected with their placement.

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

Hurdle Requirement: Mid-semester progress report and a supervisor assessment report.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of policy research reports or work portfolios;
  • Be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through report writing, workplace discussion and presentations;
  • Be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through report writing and workplace discussion;
  • Be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading and the completion of work assignments and assessment;
  • Be able to participate in team work through involvement in internship placements.

Students will only be permitted to take one politics and International Studies internship as part of a BA. This subject has a quota of 30 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. Application form:

POLS30003 Public Affairs Internship is not available as a Breadth subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Political Science Major
Politics and International Studies
Politics and International Studies

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