|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 3|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject involves completion of an 80-100 hour work placement integrating academic learning, employability skills and attributes and an improved knowledge of organisations, workplace culture and career pathways. The placement is supplemented by pre- and post-placement classes, including a compulsory placement induction in Week 1 and compulsory pre-placement sessions in Weeks 2 &3, designed to introduce workplace culture and strategies for developing, identifying and articulating employability skills and attributes and linking them to employer requirements. The placement should draw on specific discipline skills associated with the course of enrolment. Pre-placement seminars will also include career development and planning, self-assessment, reflexivity and professional skills.
Students are responsible for identifying a suitable work placement, by Week 1 of semester, with support from Student Programs staff. In the semester prior to your placement you should attend Melbourne Careers Centre's employment preparation seminars and workshops and access other careers resources to help you to identify potential host organisations (http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/careers/). You will need to commence your approaches to organisations at least 4 weeks before the placement. More information is available in the Subject Guide. Placements must be approved by the Coordinator. If you have problems finding a placement you should contact the Course Coordinator.
On completion of the subject, students will have completed and reported on a course-related project in a workplace. They will also have enhanced employability skills including communication, interpersonal, analytical and problem-solving, organisational and time-management, and an understanding of career planning and professional development.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete this subject will:
• Illustrate a general understanding of the concepts and principles of career development planning theory and practice;
• Demonstrate an independent approach to learning and knowledge
• Identify and articulate their knowledge and skills and apply them to relevant organisational contexts and work-settings;
• Produce original work in an appropriate format which demonstrates critical analysis, research and problem-solving skills;
• Reflect on the process and output of a work project/placement to articulate their academic and career development learning from the experience;
• Contribute as a member of a team.
Eligibility and requirements
Completion of 100 points in the Bachelor of Arts.
Students are required to apply for permission to enrol into this subject prior to commencement of the internship. Students should make this application via the online application form:
Applications will be reviewed in three rounds:
Round 1 (Summer and Semester 1 availability): closing 31 October
Round 2 (Semester 1 availability): closing 31 January
Round 3 (Semester 2 availability): closing 31 May
Students will receive outcomes within two weeks of the closing date for the relevant round. For further information including FAQS on the Application and Selection Process see:
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|POLS30002||Public Affairs Internship (Int.Students)||
|POLS30003||Public Affairs Internship||
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
Students undertaking an internship with a host agency may be required to satisfy a number of requirements, including:
- undergoing a recent National Police Record Check
- holding a valid Working with Children Check for the relevant state/territory
Semester 1 and Semester 2 offerings:
- 1,500 word career case-study based on an information interview with an employee in your placement organisation, including a strategic career plan, 30% (due mid- semester);
- 2,000 word essay on the placement experience 50% (due at the start of the examination period);
- Team-focussed activity: 20 minute group presentation on a work-related or discipline specific topic 10% (due in weeks 10, 11 & 12 classes); and
- Individual academic poster on the group presentation topic 10% (presentations and posters are both due in weeks 10, 11 & 12 classes).
Summer Term offering:
- 1,500 word career case-study based on an information interview with an employee in your placement organisation, including a strategic career plan 30% (due three weeks after commencing placement);
- 2,000 word essay on the placement experience 50% (due two weeks after the final class post placement);
- Team-focussed activity: 20 minute group presentation on a work-related or discipline specific topic 10% (to be presented in the final class post placement); and
- Individual academic poster on the group presentation topic 10% (presentations and posters are both due in the final class post placement).
Hurdle requirement: 80 hours of satisfactory work placement; and 100% attendance at seminars.
Dates & times
- Summer Term
Coordinator Elizabeth Lakey Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 80-100 hours placement, 2 hour induction, 8 hours pre-placement, 2 hours mid-placement, 8 hours post-placement Total time commitment 152 hours Teaching period 9 January 2019 to 25 February 2019 Last self-enrol date 18 January 2019 Census date 25 January 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 15 February 2019 Assessment period ends 10 March 2019
Summer Term contact information
- Semester 1
Coordinator Elizabeth Lakey Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 80-100 hours placement, 2 hour induction, 8 hours pre-placement, 2 hours mid-placement, 8 hours post-placement Total time commitment 152 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
- Semester 2
Coordinator Ali Reza Yunespour Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 80-100 hours placement, 2 hour induction, 8 hours pre-placement, 2 hours mid-placement, 8 hours post-placement Total time commitment 152 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
Readings and resources will be provided via the LMS.
- Subject notes
This subject is available as an elective subject in the Bachelor of Arts.
- Off-campus study
This subject has a workplace component
The subject includes a placement of 80-100 hours with an organisation, offering an opportunity to contribute to that organisation through project work, research and/or engaging in the key activities of the organisation.
- Related Handbook entries
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.