Bachelor of International Studies Internships
An international internship (AIS330-331) is a challenging and rewarding way to see the world, apply your intercultural skills, and satisfy your two credit point International Experience requirement.
When can I undertake an international internship?
International internships are typically completed in your late second or third year of study, once you have completed 16 credit points and AIS201 International Studies @ Work.
International internships are offered in either four- or eight-week versions across Trimesters 1, 2, and 3:
- AIS330 International Internship A (2 credit points, requiring 20 working days of placement full-time undertaken locally or internationally)
- AIS331 International Internship B (4 credit points, requiring 40 working days of placement full-time undertaken internationally)
You must be enrolled in one of the following courses to complete AIS330 or AIS331.
- A326 Bachelor of International Studies
- D338 Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce
- D323 Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Studies.
What does an international internship look like?
There is no such thing as a typical international internship: the whole idea is that your placement reflects and aligns with your personal, academic, and professional interests.
Suitable placement locations include (but are not limited to):
- Non-government organisations
- Government bodies and agencies
- Private companies working across cultural boundaries.
To be approved for academic credit, your internship must meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrable relevance to the Bachelor of International Studies, with a clear international orientation
- A new, unfamiliar professional environment (i.e. not in an area of current employment or professional activity)
- A supervisor at the host organisation with a background in your discipline willing to provide mentoring and support
- Opportunities to learn new skills and gain experience in a professional setting
- A safe location where there are no substantive concerns about your personal safety (i.e. not on DFAT's 'Do not travel/reconsider your need to travel' list)
How do I arrange an international internship?
There are two types of international internships: pre-arranged internships and self-arranged internships.
In this option, a Deakin-approved third-party internship provider helps arrange your placement with a host organisation. Internship providers include (but are not limited to):
Please note that an application and/or program fee may apply. All placements sourced through third-party providers are subject to Unit Chair approval.
In order to meet visa, host organisation and Deakin University risk management requirements we recommend commencing your application at least three months prior to your proposed internship dates.
In this option, you are responsible for finding and securing your own internship opportunity.
A sample of suitable placement locations are listed above.
If you have any questions or concerns about potential organisations and whether your potential organisation is suitable for an international internship, you must contact the Unit Chair via firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to meet visa, host organisation and Deakin University risk management requirements we recommend commence your research at least six months prior to your proposed internship dates.
How do I register and enrol?
There is a simple three step process to register and enrol in an internship unit.
Step 3 contains the Internship Application form. Please ensure you include the following requirements when completing your application.
- Description of your proposed tasks (minimum 100 words):
In this section, you need to describe how this internship is internationally-orientated. Simply being overseas or with an international organisation is not sufficient.
You must also detail the tasks that you will be engaging in on your internship. Examples of suitable tasks include (but are not limited to) report writing, conference preparation and attendance, research projects, translation, fieldwork, research and teaching.
- What do you hope to learn and what skills do you hope to gain from your internship?
In this section, you need to explain how this placement will build on and develop the skills and competencies that you have learned in your Bachelor of International studies course. This must be clearly articulated.
What if my placement is assessed as not suitable for AIS330/331?
If you have sourced a pre-arranged or self-arranged placement and it is assessed by the Unit Chair as not suitable for the Bachelor of International Studies Internship units, AIS330/331, there may be alternative internship units available.
These units include APE201 Individual Professional Project and APE301 Professional Practice Internship. In most cases credit towards your international experience requirement will be available. The Work Integrated Learning team are available to assist you with unit options.
Can I apply for any financial assistance?
Yes. You can find information about funding your WIL experience at the following link:
Who can I contact?
Enquiries regarding your internship placement options, approval, academic supervisor while on placement, please contact:
Enquiries regarding course advice, enrolment, travel registration and insurance please contact the Arts and Education Work Integrated Learning Office: