The Faculty of Arts offers a number of Work Integrated Learning internship programs with government, community, corporate and industry organisations. These specialised study programs serve as a bridge between study and work.
All internship programs require students to participate in industry-based placements, as well as complete a significant research project under the supervision of an appropriate academic staff member.
Bachelor of Arts internship
This unique subject allows Bachelor of Arts students studying any major to participate in an internship experience at one of a wide range of organsiations and institutions. This subject gives students real-world experience through the application and development of skills they have gained while studying their degree. It is a chance to make connections with employers and better understand the roles that will be available after graduation, and gain information that will assist with future career decisions. This subject involves completion of an 80 hour work placement and written assessment.
- Handbook: MULT20010 Arts internship
- Handbook: MULT30019 Arts internship
- Organising a placement for the Arts internship subject (215kb pdf)
- Information for host organisations 2016 (620kb pdf)
- Resume format guidelines (190kb pdf)
- Letter format (when approaching host organisations) (25kb Word doc)
Arts Internship webinar video
Industry Projects (ARTS30001)
Industry Projects is an exciting new subject that started in Semester 2, 2016. It is open to all 3rd year arts students. Students will work in teams with expert mentors from the Melbourne Writer's Festival to tackle a real business problem. At the end of the semester, students will pitch their solutions to an audience including representatives of the partner organisation, industry specialists, and peers.
There are three streams available:
Melbourne Writers Festival
The Melbourne Writers Festival is Victoria's winter celebration for readers, writers, and thinkers. It aims to attract the world's best writers and thinkers to create stimulating, meaningful moments that inspire lasting passion for reading and ideas.
1. Members Project
The Melbourne Writers festival has identified that a membership program may potentially provide an additional income stream to the business as well as deepening audience and donor engagement. Students in this stream will assess and advise on the feasibility of a membership program.
2. Digital Archiving Project
The Melbourne Writers festival has amassed an extensive archive of analogue, digital audio, and video recordings of festival events. However, little is understood about the breadth or quality of the content. Students in this stream will leverage this extensive collection to provide advice on how it can be managed and utilized.
Pravah is a leading Indian not-for-profit organization which works with and for young people to promote youth leadership and impact social justice issues. This includes providing Creative Media fellowships, national and international learning opportunities, capacity building workshops, and creating public platforms for youth engagement.
3. Impact Assessment Project
In order to help Pravah build its Youth Intervention Function, students in this stream will conduct an impact assessment to capture stories of change of around 25 young leaders who have engaged with Pravah.
Community Volunteering offers students the chance to participate in a local or international volunteering experience. In this subject students will be contributing directly to local community by bringing creativity, skills and initiative to a range of projects run by not-for-profit organisations.
MULT20012 / MULT30020 Community Volunteering
If you have a passion for not-for-profit, community-related work, why not enrol on this subject and gain credits towards your degree?
This subject gives students the opportunity to broaden their academic experience by getting involved in community volunteering projects and work placements. Students must have completed 100 points in their degree to be eligible. This subject is available as an elective to second and third year Bachelor of Arts students. It is also available as breadth in other undergraduate degrees where approved by the home faculty.
- Students spend the equivalent of about one day a week (80 hours minimum) during semester as an intern in a not-for-profit organisation
- Students will apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their course to issues of significance to a community. This will enhance their understanding of approaches in the field of community and social development
- While on placement students will examine the structure, culture and policy environment of the organisation and complete a report on a workplace project
- Placements will vary depending on interest and study focus, as well as projects on offer from organisations
- Social and political research and policy reports
- Environmental projects
- Organising fundraising events
- Newsletter production
- Web development
- Media and publicity campaigns
- Business plan development
- Handbook: MULT20012 Community Volunteering
- Handbook: MULT30020 Community Volunteering
- Community Volunteering student flyer (420kb pdf)
- Community Volunteering hosts flyer (580kb pdf)
- Guidelines for the Community Volunteering internships (230kb Word doc)
Through CV, you have the chance to connect with people from different faculties/fields. We understand that everyone thinks differently, but you will be surprised how much you can learn from them through group meetings and tutorial times. Sometimes, they give you fresh perspectives and brilliant ideas that you have never thought about. Many people might have a fear of group assignments, but this subject is different. It's all about passion, acceptance and guidance. Jian - 2015 student.
I would recommend this subject as we learn a lot of hard and soft skills that are practical not just in a person's working life but their day to day life. I like this subject because it is not so much academic base but ideology based. Hui-Ling - 2015 student.
MULT20014 / MULT30021 Community Volunteering - Global
Community Volunteering - Global offers students the chance to participate in an international volunteering program. In this subject students will be contributing directly to local communities by bringing creativity, skills and initiative to a range of projects run by local organisations. The program is supported by expert partner organisations who provide in-country assistance and coordinate departure and return.
- Indonesia (9 January - 18 February 2017)
- Nepal (9 January - 7 February 2017)
It is rare that one learns in such an immersive environment, and I relished the opportunity to do so. With each passing day, especially while in the field, I felt myself growing; personally, emotionally, and intellectually. Huw Hutchinson, Bachelor of Arts
Students enrolled in this subject will travel to the city of Jogjakarta in central Java, Indonesia, where they will be working with partner organisation Satunama. You will be part of Satunama's broad range of community development projects and initiatives, working in small groups in the city and surrounding rural areas. Some of the activities to date have included environmental awareness campaigns, building a 'Child Friendly Community' and promoting inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in villages and districts.
Photo by CVC Global student Joyce Wing Ka Wong
The University has secured a limited number of New Colombo Plan grants which will be offered to domestic students on the basis of merit for the January 2017 intake. Students may also be eligible for Global Mobility funding. The total cost will entail a project cost, airfares, spending money for some meals and incidentals, and the regular tuition fee for the subject. For the assessment requirements see the Handbook for level 2 (MULT20014) and level 3 (MULT30021).
This project is expertly supported by partner organisation Australian Volunteers International.
Please note: Due to government regulations, the cost of this subject is different
for local and international students. For more information please contact email@example.com.
Hear from past students
Please note that applications have closed for 2017.
For more information, email the Faculty of Arts.
Running for the first time in January 2017, Community Volunteering - Global can now take you to Nepal. As part of this subject you will be hosted by local families through our partner organisation Community Homestay Global Network. You will participate in Voluntary Internship Programs available in three locations: Panauti, Nuwakot and Barauli, which will cover a range of community projects in areas of education, sustainability, tourism and business development.
The total cost will entail a project cost, airfares, spending money for some meals and incidentals, and the regular tuition fee for the subject. Students may be eligible for Global Mobility funding.
Please note that applications have closed for 2017.
For more information, email the Faculty of Arts.
Big Idea internship
The Big Idea is an initiative from The Big Issue. It is designed as a competition between students from universities across Australia. The Big Idea invites students to develop a concept and business plan for a social enterprise that could become the next "Big Issue". The winning idea could go on to be launched and delivered by The Big Issue on a national scale.
Benefits of involvement in this placement include: interaction with high-level professionals; strategic industry experience; skill development in social enterprise planning; and the potential opportunity of an immersion day at the head office of The Big Issue and PwC Australia.
Typically, students participating in Community Volunteering, undertake a placement. However, in the Big Idea internship, you will work on a project designing a business plan for a new social enterprise. Although not compulsory, it is hoped that students will work in small groups of up to 6.
In addition to the seminars run as part of the subject, you will have the opportunity to attend a series of lectures and workshops organised by The Big Issue and delivered by guest speakers. These speakers have expertise in both operational and strategic roles within social enterprises. Students will also hear from "thought leaders", influential Australian leaders in their field who will advise students as they work towards developing their business plans.
At the end of semester two students will present their "Big Idea" to a panel of staff at The University of Melbourne. The finalists will then be invited to present their "Big Idea" to a panel of Australian business leaders who will judge the ultimate winner.
In addition to the attendance at seminars as required by enrolment in Community Volunteering (2 hour induction in Semester 2, 2016, 8 hours pre-placement, 2 hours mid-placement, 8 hours post-placement), students will also have the opportunity to participate in 9 hours of online webinars, and a Facebook forum to discuss questions and ideas.
It is expected that students will undertake upwards of 30 hours work towards developing their business plans for the Big Idea in lieu of a placement.
Upon completion of the subject, students will have completed a community project, gained insight into workplace issues and enhanced their employability skills. They will also have a developed a critical understanding of the role of not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises.
Students follow the assessment criteria as outlined in the Handbook for subjects MULT20012 and MULT30020. Instead of producing a reflective essay (50%) as the final piece of assessment, students will submit and present their business plans for The Big Idea.
As part of the assessment the business plan for a new social enterprise must meet The Big Issue's definition of a social enterprise.
- An organisation that operates as not-for-profit
- The enterprise features an activity or function that creates socially beneficial outcomes
- It is economically sustainable in the mainstream marketplace
- It generates direct and meaningful work opportunities (with no barrier for entry) for homeless, marginalised, or disadvantaged people within the enterprise
- It is scalable with capacity to grow significantly and provide opportunities to a large number of disadvantaged people, event if it is small in its start-up; and
- The business plan must meet all relevant legislative requirements, eg: award rates are paid to all employees
Criminology and Sociology internship
The Criminology and Sociology internship, offered to honours and graduate students, is designed to provide students with hands-on research experience in a criminal justice related organisation. The internship involves students undertaking a specific research project for the organisation, culminating in a 5000 word report. The purpose of the subject is twofold. First, to expose students to the operation of a government or community-based organisation, where, in the course of an agreed research project, students have the opportunity to enhance their skills of data collection, analysis, report writing, observation, listening, and cooperation, as well as to develop appropriate professional contacts. Second, to facilitate an understanding of the relationship between social and criminological theory and the practical operation of a criminal justice agency.
Some of the many agencies which have interned students in the past:
- The Victoria Police
- The Department of Justice
- The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
- Liberty Victoria
- The Australian Drug Foundation
- The Centre Against Sexual Assault
- The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
- The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
- The Red Cross
The Criminology and Sociology internship is run over two semesters and is worth 25 points in total. The equivalent of 150 - 170 hours will be spent on the agency internship itself, including establishing and conducting the research project and preparing the report (worth 70%). In addition, up to eight two-hour seminars are run throughout the year and students must also prepare a theoretical essay (25%) and give a short seminar presentation (5%).
Public Affairs internship
Students enrolled in this program will have the active experience of working for a community organisation, a government department, or a local government organisation. The central task will be to complete a research report of relevance to the organisation. Organisations that have recently hosted students include The Wilderness Society, Australian Film Commission and Victorian Department of Infrastructure.
This subject is offered at third year and is not available as breadth or to CAP students. It is available to Study Abroad students. There is a quota of 30 students per semester.
The Sociology internship is offered at third year where students undertake a research project for an organisation. The project is an opportunity for students to experience the culture and challenges of the workplace and is the equivalent of two University subjects. Students undertake internships in the private sector (eg working in the Human Resource section of a major daily newspaper evaluating a change-management strategy); the public sector (eg working with a local government on developing a graffiti strategy); and non-governmental organisations (eg The Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa Foundation evaluating education programs).
Uni-Capitol Washington internship program
Politics and International Studies students are given the opportunity to participate in the Uni-Capitol Washington internship program, which establishes internships in the US Congress in Washington DC. The program runs for eight weeks and interns work full time in the US Congress on both administrative and substantive matters, in exchange for unique access to educational perspectives on the US Congress. Participation in this internship may be credited towards the Public Affairs or Executive internship.
More information on the Uni-Capitol Washington internship program can be found on the School of Social and Political Sciences Internships web page.
Health and safety
Internship placement and risk assessment form (P1). For students undertaking an internship in metropolitan Melbourne as part of an approved for-credit subject.
Internship placement and risk assessment form (P2). For students undertaking an internship outside of metropolitan Melbourne as part of an approved for-credit subject.
Please note: applications for Bachelor of Arts internship and Community Volunteering will remain open until the start of the teaching period for each semester. To seek approval for a placement all the necessary forms need to be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the proposed commencement of the internship. These forms include the online application and the Risk Assessment form.
For more information, email the Faculty of Arts.