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Internship for Credit

The internship allows students to gain relevant work experience in roles relating to their degree. Students will be required to work a minimum of 120 hours or (e.g. 20 days) with an organisation in a role that provides them an opportunity to develop an applied understanding of their course work. Internships allow students to transfer their classroom learning to real life situations within their host organisation. In addition to improving their communication skills students will gain an understanding of workplace culture as well as knowledge and experiences that enhances employment opportunities. Placements may include: banks, accounting firms, consulting firms, NGO’s, manufacturing and government organisations


This unit provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Deepen their understanding of their studies by applying theoretical insights in real world and practical settings.
  • Gain experience in working with people of different cultures and experiences and in developing appropriate communication skills
  • Learn to reflect on their own performance and develop strategies for identifying and achieving performance goals.
  • Gain experience in working in inter-professional and inter-disciplinary setting
  • Develop their skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration through challenging themselves in unfamiliar settings

Students must have completed at least at least 24 credit points at an Intermediate (2000) or Senior (3000) level of study.

Successful students will be accepted into the program and subsequently matched to a suitable host organisation. Students enrolled in the internship unit will be required to attend specifically designed Careers Centre Workshops that have been created to assist students in maximising the internship experience. Two weeks prior to internship commencement, students will be required to research their host organisation and complete the documentation such as Placement Objectives for the internship. Students will meet, discuss and agree the final Placement Objectives in consultation with their host supervisor and submit the document at least one week prior to the first day of their internship.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Internship for credit

Internship for Credit
6    P 24 senior credit points
Semester 1
Semester 2


FASS3000 Internship for Credit

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 3hr intensive seminar (or equivalent) at beginning of semester, 1 x preliminary meeting with placement organisation and academic supervisor, 3 x individual (half hour) or small group (one hour) meeting with academic supervisor during semester, 90 hours (minimum) working with placement organisation Prerequisites: 24 senior credit points Assessment: 3x600wd Internship journal (30%), 1x800wd Report outline (and bibliography)(15%), 1x 800wd Short oral presentation (15%), 1x2600wd Internship report (40%) Mode of delivery: Professional practice
This unit, which can be counted towards a major in an approved program, takes the form of a short-term internship with a placement organisation. Students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in practical contexts through working in an organisation and being supported by academic guidance and assessments designed to connect theory with real-world practice.