Professional Internship Specialisation
Provides students with a unique opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience in a public, private or not-for-profit organisation.
The unit set enables students to gain full-time work experience and is an important vehicle for students to develop professional networks, practise applying theoretical concepts and principles learned during their degree and develop skills and capabilities required to succeed in their chosen profession, as well as gain a better understanding of the nature of employment and professional conduct in their chosen industry and in an Australian business context.
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This internship program comprises two units. These units concentrate on the development and application of non-technical skills important to the students' chosen profession and developing an awareness of professional conduct within the Australian work context. Students will develop a professional portfolio which will help demonstrate to potential employers their developed skills and suitability for employment. The program also provides an opportunity for students to apply their disciplinary knowledge and demonstrate leadership and autonomy in the research, planning, design and implementation of a work-based project which is related to their postgraduate degree studies. During this internship, students are expected to demonstrate evidence of professional conduct, initiative and professional leadership at the standards expected by industry, as well as demonstrate a capacity to work effectively in a team-based environment.
Typically, students will be required to take both units in the same semester, working on a full-time basis (37.5 hours per week) over a 16-week period in their assigned host organisation. These working hours may include shift and/or weekend work depending on the nature of the organisation. Working arrangement may vary on an individual basis. In addition to the 16 weeks of full-time work, students will be required to attend on-campus preparatory and end of semester seminars, as instructed by the Unit Coordinator. Internships and partners will be secured through the Work-Integrated Learning Coordinator, Work Placement Coordinator and/or the Unit Coordinator, or as a result of pre-approved networking and contacts developed by the student. Terms of payment, if any, will be negotiated on an individual basis.
Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required
Procedures will be in place to ensure that enrolled students have the necessary clearances and visas prior to their internship. Students will be advised of these requirements during the application process. Student visas do allow for full-time paid employment, as long as this is part of a formal, academic learning program (such as this unit specialisation). The management of risk is addressed in the induction process and by the host organisation.
Professional practice rules
Enrolled students will be issued with an internship guide which outlines the expected code of conduct and responsibilities.
- Apply discipline knowledge through the research, planning, design and implementation of a relevant work-based project in a professional environment.
- Demonstrate a capacity for working both autonomously and as part of a team with accountability and effective problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrate using initiative and personal and professional leadership in a professional environment.
- Illustrate evidence of professional conduct and effectively contributing to the work environment.
Opportunities for employment in entry-level management positions exist upon completion of this specialisation.