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APE701 - Internship Capstone


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Internship

Trimester 2: Internship

Trimester 3: Internship

Credit point(s):2
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Steven Slaughter
Trimester 2: Steven Slaughter
Trimester 3: Steven Slaughter

Students need to seek permission from the unit chair to enrol.  This unit may not be taken in the first trimester of enrolment in the relevant course


A665, A703, A703I, A702, A704, A735, A765, A767, A768, A768I

Incompatible with:

AIM717, AIM726 and AIR790

Typical study commitment:

This is a Work Integrated Learning Unit.

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

This will include a minimum of 200 hours (approximately 30-35 days) working in a host organisation, plus approximately 100 hours for individual reflection and assessment.


Internship enrolment is subject to completion of specified prerequisite units and special application requirements.

All students must complete the following three-step internship application process:

Prepare: Complete the ArtsEd Pre-Internship Program in CloudDeakin. It is recommended that you also discuss your career and internship goals with the Course Director (or delegate) of your degree.

Secure: Identify, research and contact potential host organisations. Negotiate your tasks, goals, hours, and supervision arrangements.

Register: *Apply online to have your internship approved. Students cannot commence their internship or enrol in this unit until they have applied online and received approval from the Faculty of Arts and Education Work Integrated Learning team.

*Please note that internship applications need to be registered at least two weeks before commencing an internship. Students will have the best success if they commence their research, planning and preparation early.

Please contact the Faculty of Arts and Education WIL Team for more information - prepare, secure and register an internship: www.deakin.edu.au/artsed-wil 


The purpose of the unit is to allow students studying for taught postgraduate qualifications in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and who are usually near the conclusion of their studies, 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.

This 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 examine and reflect on the practical applications of their academic study. Students are expected to complete a minimum 20 days of work experience in their chosen organisation, either on a full time or part time basis.

This Internship unit is also designated to be a capstone experience elective for all Masters students in 8 cp structures. For students doing the 16 cp (Professional) Masters this internship or the 1 cp internship (APE700 - Internship A) is to be core. This would mean that we would have three research component choices for our Masters courses: a Research Paper, a Minor Thesis (PhD Pathway) and this 2 cp Internship.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Demonstrate your capacity to work effectively and collaboratively with others, while still maintaining responsibility for your own learning

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork
ULO2 Evaluate the professional knowledge and practice relevant to your discipline, to advance attainment of career goals relevant to the organisational context where you will be working.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical Thinking
ULO3 Use expert knowledge to develop solutions to problems or issues in your area of study

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving
ULO4 Undertake independent research to appropriate academic and professional standards in their area of study

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 – Pre-placement Report 2000 words 20% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 – Portfolio and Presentation 1500 words and 3 minute presentation 30% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 – Final Report 5000 words 50% 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.

Hurdle requirement

Prior to enrolment in the unit, students are required to undertake and complete the ArtsEd Pre-Internship Program online

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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