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ALX721 - Creative Industries Internship

Offering information:

*Trimester 1 only available to Burwood (Melbourne) enrolled students

Trimester 2 available to both Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud (Online) enrolled students

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 or Trimester 2 2014 Internship*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:R Freeman

Must have completed 8 credit points in the Master of Communication or Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) or Master of Film and Video and permission from the unit chair.



Incompatible with:



Internship units are subject to completion of specified prerequisite units. Interested students should look at the Faculty Student Mobility website information ( and are strongly advised to complete the pre internship modules: Once the modules are completed then contact the Unit Chair before making an application to enrol. 


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


The Internship unit offers students an opportunity to gain first hand work experience in a region or employment sector closely associated with topics studied at university, and to explore the practical applications of their academic study. It also provides professional experience that may assist them to further their career goals. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 100 hours of work experience in their chosen site. The unit provides a framework for student assessment of their knowledge, skills and work choices in relation to the practices and implementation of selected topics in Professional Communication.


The unit combines workplace experience with an academic component that promotes reflection and analysis.


During the internship students will be required to:

  • Complete a preliminary briefing session incorporating oral and written presentation skills, expectations of the professional creative industries workplace, planning and time management, reporting requirements
  • Problem solving and negotiation
  • Develop a profile of the organisation or workplace setting and conduct interviews with expert practitioners
  • Develop a project, outline a sequence of specified tasks, and assess the process and outcomes of the project and/or internship experience
  • Present both oral and written outcomes of the project and/or internship experience


Students are responsible for:

  • Negotiating their internship details with the host organisation or creative industry representative
  • Travel to, from and during their internship
  • Completing all assessment requirements to a professional standard
  • Completing all relevant administrative paperwork


5000 words incorporating:


Pre-departure report with placement profile: 1500 words 35%

  • Includes analysis of briefing session material, researching industry profile of placement, evaluation of target industry and placement role/s

Project report/folio and oral/online presentation: 3500 words equivalent 65%

  • Includes evaluation and presentation report on project demonstrating professional written and oral presentation skills and may incorporate: analysis of industry professional practices and key collaborations, communications and interpersonal issues analysis, creative industry profile analysis, research requirements, strategic and creative problem-solving, collaboration and networking.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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