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Parliamentary Internship (POLS30001)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codePOLS30001
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In this subject students will have active experience working for a Member of the Victorian Parliament (MP) in the settings of Parliament, the Parliamentary Library, Parliamentary Offices and electorate offices. Each student will complete a research project for a Member of Parliament on a topic of concern and interest to the MP. Academic supervision and support is provided by the School. Students have the benefit of developing their research and interpersonal skills while learning about the representative role of MPs and Parliament and their tasks of policy making and enacting legislation. Students are matched with MPs and do not make contact independently.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Apply disciplinary knowledge in the context of the work of the Victorian Parliament and a Member of Parliament;
  • have well-developed analytical, research and report-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 including Members of Parliament.

Eligibility and requirements


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.

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:

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:

Faculty of Arts - WIL FAQs



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
POLS30002 Public Affairs Internship (Int.Students)
Semester 1
Semester 2
POLS30003 Public Affairs Internship
Semester 1
Semester 2
MULT20010 Arts Internship
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
MULT30019 Arts Internship
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
MULT20012 Community Volunteering
Semester 1
Semester 2
MULT30020 Community Volunteering
Semester 1
Semester 2
MULT20014 Community Volunteering - Global
Summer Term
MULT30021 Community Volunteering - Global
Summer Term
SOCI30005 Sociology Internship
Semester 2

Recommended background knowledge

Levels 1 & 2 Politics and International Studies

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


Additional details

  • A research report of 6000 words (80%) due during the examination period.
  • A reflective essay of 2000 words (20%) due during the examination period.
  • Hurdle Requirement: A progress report is due mid-semester. Students must attend 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 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorLea Campbell
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTo be determined in consultation with Parliamentary officers and staff. Seminars will be scheduled at the Victorian Parliament.
    Total time commitment340 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

Total of 340 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Off-campus study

    This subject has a workplace component

    Students will only be permitted to take one Politics and International Studies Internship as part of a BA or the GD-ARTS. There is a quota on this subject, further information on the quota can be found on the Faculty of Arts Work Integrated Learning page: https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/students/wil POLS30001 Parliamentary Internship is not available as a Breadth subject. POLS30001 Parliamentary Internship is offered in Semester 1 only.

  • 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.

Last updated: 24 July 2019