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Design Internship (ABPL30068)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeABPL30068
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students enrolled in this subject will complete a minimum 10 day or equivalent (paid/unpaid) placement with an external organisation that is related to the student’s chosen major within the Bachelor of Design or The placement should draw on specific discipline skills associated with the course of enrolment and give students opportunity to interact with professionals in different areas of work that they might be interested in. Students will be supervised by a member of staff at the university in collaboration with a designated party at the host organisation. They will work across a range of tasks relevant to the organisation's objectives and will develop and complete a specific project in discussion with the host organisation and the Subject Coordinator.

The placement is supplemented by compulsory pre- and post-placement seminars designed to introduce skills for developing, identifying and articulating employability skills and attributes and linking them to employer requirements. Seminars may also include consideration of career planning and professional skills while integrating academic learning, employability skills and attributes and an improved knowledge of organisations, workplace culture and career pathways.

On completion of the subject, students will have completed and reported on an industry-related project in a workplace and reflected on the working lives of different professional disciplines. They will have enhanced employability skills including communication, interpersonal, analytical and problem-solving, organisational and time-management, and an understanding of career planning and professional development.

NOTE: Entrance to this subject is limited based on the number of host organisations willing to participate in any given year. Students may provisionally enrol via the Student Portal, however students must also submit an application found here Application by Monday 17 December 2018 for semester 1 and by 20 May 2019 for Semester 2.

All applications will be reviewed by the subject coordinator and successful applicants will be notified via university email. Due to the limited number of industry placements available, students will be selected on a combination of academic merit and their personal statements in the application. Provisional enrollment does not guarantee your space in this subject.

Applications will be reviewed in two rounds:

  • Round 1 (Semester 1 availability): 17 December 2018 and successful applicants will be notified via university email by 31 January 2019
  • Round 2 (Semester 2 availability): 20 May 2019 and successful applicants will be notified via university email by 28 June 2019

Intended learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the roles of different professions in a particular organisation/project.
  • Describe their position in the organisation and also the roles and responsibilities of other staff in the organisation.
  • Review and reflect on the process and output of a work project/placement to articulate their academic and career development learning from the experience;
  • Understand the value of industry and professional networks and their importance to self-reliance, lifelong learning and career progression.
  • Show that they understand the history of the organisation that they are working for and their position in the overall marketplace.

Generic skills

  • • Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability, time management and organisational skills as a result of their participation in the workplace; • Ability to communicate effectively in a professional workplace and to work with and interact with a wide range of people inside and outside their host organisations, including working in teams; • Understanding of organisational culture and ethics, work practices, and the diversity of workplaces; • Demonstrate analytical, problem-solving research, and report-writing skills; • Ability to manage and plan work; • Capacity for initiative and enterprise; • Capacity for lifelong learning, self-reliance and professional development.

Last updated: 17 July 2019