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AIR790 - International Relations Internship


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of trimester.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3: Internship

Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Scott Burchill
Trimester 3: Scott Burchill
Trimester 2: Scott Burchill
Cohort rule:

Students commencing prior to 2020 must be enrolled in course A726, A723 or D305

Students commencing in 2020 must be enrolled in course A703, A703I or D305


Students must complete 4 credit points from units AIR701, AIR712, AIR717, AIR720, AIR726, AIR728, AIR729, AIR732 or AIR753, plus permission from unit chair




Incompatible with: AIR791
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Internship: Students be required to complete an internship


Internship enrolment is subject to completion of specified prerequisite units and special application requirements. Interested students should look at the Faculty Student Mobility website information and are strongly advised to complete the pre internship modules


The purpose of the unit is to allow campus based students who have completed 8 credit points of their Master of Arts (International Relations) and who are in their final trimester of study, to take up a work or volunteer placement within a host organisation in Australia or overseas. The placement will assist them to gain an understanding of a workplace environment associated with their area of study, as well as undertake a specific project which makes a meaningful contribution. The basic principle of the Internship is that it should further the interests of both the students and the host organisation.

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. Students are expected to complete a 150-160 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 International Relations.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


To assist students to participate in a “hands on” work experience

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy


To help students to gain systematic understandings of the international forces shaping government, business and community life in contemporary Australia and overseas

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork


To gain an understanding of other countries and cultures

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO8: Global citizenship


To develop a range of work-place skills in analysis and interpretation of social and political conditions

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork


To gain cross-cultural competencies through an internationally oriented practice-based curriculum

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Students enrolled in this unit receive an ungraded pass/fail result based on assessment of the following:

To undertake work or volunteer placement within a host organisation in Australia or overseas and complete the following:

Assessment 1 - Pre-departure Report

1000 words 10%  Information not yet available

Assessment 2 - Journal

2500 words 25%  Information not yet available

Assessment 3 - Final Report

6500 words 65%  Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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