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International Relations Internship (POLS90009)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOLS90009
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In this subject students will be placed in an organisation which either analyses or formulates and implements policy in relation to international affairs. The range of organisations relevant to the internship is broad: international organisations, government departments, non-government organisations (including church-based aid agencies), academic and analytical think tanks. Interns will work under the supervision and guidance of a senior manager within these organisations. Students will be provided with advice by the Subject Coordinator on potential organisations to contact, but will also be required to use their own networks; their choice will then need to be ratified by the Subject Coordinator. Students will carry out research or analytical exercises of relevance to the organisation’s international affairs-related work. Students will also observe the structure, culture and policy environment of the organisation and develop advanced analytical, research and report-writing skills; as well as negotiating and interpersonal skills. Students completing this course should expect to acquire significant insight into the complexities of international relations and associated policy making and management activities. During the internship an academic supervisor will advise them.

If primary research is carried out during the internship, ethics approval is the responsibility of the host organisation.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • demonstrate a specialist understanding of the subject being studied;
  • have developed the analytical skills to evaluate the core issues of the subject;
  • have an awareness of the contemporary theoretical debates in the subject area;
  • demonstrate an ability to undertake critical independent research;
  • show a good capacity to communicate research in written form.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of organisation reports;
  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgments and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through report writing, workplace discussion and presentations;
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through report and workplace discussion;
  • be able to manage workloads with regard to recommended reading and the completion of organization reports;
  • be able to participate in team work through involvement in workplace placements.

Last updated: 3 April 2019