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International Internship in Development (DEVT90008)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeDEVT90008
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

International Internship is an elective (25 credit points) available to Masters level students in Development and various cognate disciplines and fields of study. It provides students with the opportunity to gain exposure to a different cultural, socio-political and organisational context and to think critically about the nature of the relationship between 'theory' and 'practice' in Development or their related field of study. The broad aim of the internship program is thus to provide the opportunity for graduate students to gain invaluable practical experience and to build their individual 'industry' networks in order to facilitate a better understanding of the nature and expectations of work in their chosen field or area of interest. Students are able to select a host organisation to further enhance their knowledge and skills in their chosen area of interest and to make a positive contribution to the host organisation by applying their previous experience, skills and knowledge learnt through study, being able to work independently as well as within a team, produce the highest quality written work. Approval for international internship is based on the enthusiasm and commitment of students and ability to illustrate that they are able to act with flexibility, maturity, integrity and gender and cultural sensitivity.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • understand the goals and manner of operation of one international development agency;
  • recognise the relationship between theoretical understandings of development and practical development work on the ground;
  • be practised in "doing" development in a non-Australian cultural context.

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • be able to write critical evaluations of the work of a development agency;
  • be able to work within international organisations;
  • apply theoretical knowledge to practical day to day decision making;
  • be able to conduct policy-related research, write policy proposals, design development projects, evaluate projects;
  • be capable of working in a cross-cultural context.

Last updated: 2 August 2019