AHA726 - Humanitarian Assistance Internship
|Year||2015 unit information|
Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3
|Unit chair:||P Connors|
AHA721, AHA722, AHA723, AHA724, AHA725, AHL701 plus six credit points of A757 level 7 electives and permission from unit chair to enrol.
Timelines for the Internship are to be negotiated with the Host Organisation by the student, as part of the process of securing the Internship. These are then presented to the Academic Supervisor and Student Mobility Office.
Internship units offer 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. In this internship unit, students are expected to complete a minimum of 487.5 hours (65 x 7.5) or 13 weeks full-time (or part time equivalent) of work experience in an organisation associated with humanitarian assistance operations. 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 Humanitarian Assistance.
The structure of the unit includes pre-placement planning and organisation, including recommended reading; in-field contact and ongoing reporting via learning log and CloudDeakin discussions; a negotiated project plan and report of relevance to the organisation and student, and a post internship reflective report.
Supervision of the student in the internship will include initial interviews to establish the student’s needs and areas of interest in the humanitarian sector, agreement on internship between the student, organisation and university, and briefing by the identified organisation supervisor on the tasks outlined in the internship and the focus of major assessment.
Academic supervision is conducted using a range of asynchronous and synchronous online technologies and individual mentoring as required. Support is also provided to organisation-based supervisors to enhance the learning opportunities available to the student and the organisation.
Learning Log, 30%, 4000 words or equivalent.
Project Report, 40%, 5000 words or equivalent.
Integration Reflection, 30%, 4000 words.