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Admission to a BIS internship unit

Enrolment in an international internship unit (AIS330 or AIS331) is strictly subject to the written approval of the Unit Chair.

These units are only available to students enrolled in the following courses:

You are NOT able to enrol in an internship unit via StudentConnect until the Unit Chair has approved your actual placement with a host organisation. To satisfy any formal University enrolment requirements for the relevant trimester please enrol in a unit that can be substituted with the internship unit in due course.

Internship units are normally undertaken in late second year or third year (or equivalent). As you will draw on the core competencies you have developed through studies at Deakin University, it is expected that you will have progressed sufficiently in your major sequence to be able to apply aspects of theory to practical workplace experiences. This would normally require you to have completed at least 4 or 6 of the 8 credit points required for the relevant major before undertaking an internship.

You are required to successfully complete AIS201 International Studies @ Work before undertaking an internship (see the handbook for details of certain exemptions). AIS201 is offered in Trimester 1 each year so please plan ahead.

Unit selection
There are two international internship units from which to choose, with both available in Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 each year:

  • AIS330 (2cp), minimum of 20 working days full-time or part-time equivalent
  • AIS331 (4cp), minimum of 40 working days full-time or part-time equivalent

If you are undertaking a domestic placement (i.e. in Australia) then only AIS330 is available to you.

At the discretion of the parties concerned, the practical hours may be completed in one block, or separated into allocated days over a longer period. In the case of placements overseas, these are typically completed in one block.


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