International Relations Internship

Subject POLS90009 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Summer Term, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 04-Jan-2016 to 14-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 26-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 08-Jan-2016
Census Date 15-Jan-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-Feb-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: 4 seminars scheduled throughout the semester. Other hours to be determined in consultation with organisation officers and program staff.
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 340 hours.

  1. Entry into the Master of International Relations.
  2. Permission from the internship coordinator is required.
  3. The selection process for this subject includes consideration of academic performance.
  4. All students need to have a GPA of 75, and be in their final 100 points of the degree in the semester they intend to enrol.
  5. All students are required to apply for this subject in the semester prior to commencement of the internship, via the online 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.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Politics and International Studies at Undergraduate level

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 be placed in an organisation which either analyses or formulates and implements policy in relation to international affairs. The range of organisations relevant to the internship is broad: international organisations, government departments, non-government organisations (including church-based aid agencies), academic and analytical think tanks. Interns will work under the supervision and guidance of a senior manager within these organisations. Students will be provided with advice by the Subject Coordinator on potential organisations to contact, but will also be required to use their own networks; their choice will then need to be ratified by the Subject Coordinator. Students will carry out research or analytical exercises of relevance to the organisation’s international affairs-related work. Students will also observe the structure, culture and policy environment of the organisation and develop advanced analytical, research and report-writing skills; as well as negotiating and interpersonal skills. Students completing this course should expect to acquire significant insight into the complexities of international relations and associated policy making and management activities. During the internship an academic supervisor will advise them.

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:

  • demonstrate a specialist understanding of the subject being studied;
  • have developed the analytical skills to evaluate the core issues of the subject;
  • have an awareness of the contemporary theoretical debates in the subject area;
  • demonstrate an ability to undertake critical independent research;
  • show a good capacity to communicate research in written form.
  • A report or professional portfolio of 8,000 words (80%) due in the examination period.
  • A reflective essay of 2,000 words (20%) due in the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: A mid-semester progress report, and a supervisor assessment. Seminar attendance is compulsory for all classes. 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 organisation reports;
  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgments 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 and workplace discussion;
  • be able to manage workloads with regard to recommended reading and the completion of organization reports;
  • be able to participate in team work through involvement in workplace placements.

All students are required to apply for this subject in the semester prior to commencement of the internship, via the online application form.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of International Relations
200 Point Master of International Relations

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