Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Samanthi Gunawardana


This unit offers students an opportunity to undertake an extended supervised project associated with a partner organisation drawn from the private and public sectors. The internship offers students the opportunity to apply and consolidate the knowledge and professional skills they have acquired through their previous study. Prior to the start of semester students liaise with the course coordinator regarding identifying and approaching a suitable partner. The internship project is formulated in consultation with an appointed academic supervisor and the internship partner with whom students work for a minimum of 4 weeks. Note that written approval to enrol in this unit must be granted from the Master of International Development Program coordinator.


On successful completion of the internship students will have:

  1. Gained experience in a project which is of direct benefit to the interests of a client organization;
  2. Developed skills in project formulation, implementation, analysis and communication;
  3. Enhanced their capacity to evaluate development related policy and project work;
  4. Improved their ability for self-evaluation and ethical action in the context of development related professional engagement.


Internship Journal (1000 words): 10%
Report (8000 words): 80%
Presentation: 10% (1000 word equivalence)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour workshop in week 1 of the semester. Subsequent hours to be negotiated between supervisor, student and host organisation to the equivalent of 24 hours per week.


Students must complete APG5090 Contemporary issues in development practice, plus 12 points or core or elective units or the permission of the course coordinator. A minimum average of distinction or above across the completed program is required.