New Arts Internship Units
From 2014 the Faculty of Arts will introduce a suite of new Internship Units that will provide students in the Faculty an opportunity to gain valuable work experience along with credits towards their degree. These units will be in addition to the existing internship units based at School level.
The internship program aims to complement and extend the discipline-based knowledge already gained by the student in an academic setting by providing meaningful opportunities for research and project work within the workplace.
The program will benefit students in:
- providing the opportunity to put theory in practice;
- developing professional skills
- improving their networks
- gaining credits towards their course
- promoting employability upon graduation
What is an Internship?
An internship is an experience in which a student learns by taking on a responsible role as a worker in an organisation and by observing and reflecting on what happens while there. Internships are many things to many people. They can range from working with a member of the State Parliament to working with teen-age runaways, to working in a hospital, behind the scenes at a television station or building a school in a developing nation. The possibilities are endless!
Internships in the Faculty of Arts would allow undergraduate students to obtain practical experience in their field prior to graduation, while gaining academic credits towards their degree. Arts internships will require a 144 hours equivalent placement with an approved host institution or organisation.
How does it Work?
The main component of the unit would involve students undertaking a 144 hours equivalent placement in an approved organisation. During this period the students would need to complete a project agreed upon between the organisation and the faculty.
The Faculty of Arts has partnerships with a wide variety of organisations. The internship can be taken anywhere in Australia or with an International organisation.
The internships are usually unpaid but some employers may have paid opportunities.
For all unpaid internships Monash University will provide the required insurance cover.
Many programs in the faculty offer Internships. These units will only be offered to students who have good academic standing and who have completed 96 points of study with a minimum of 48 points in Arts.
Why should I do an internship? What can it do for me?
Test the waters. An internship is a way to try out a possible career in order to pinpoint your area of interest.
Gain employment experience. It is a chance to develop and extend your skills. Students with internship experience are more competitive in the job hunt. It has become a must in today’s job market to demonstrate interest and experience in your chosen field.
Establish contacts. Through an internship, you will have the opportunity to make valuable career contacts, network with professionals in your field, and possibly develop a mentor relationship.
Apply your knowledge. An internship experience can add more meaning to academic study by giving you the chance to integrate theories learned in class with real life situations.
Take charge of your education. An internship is a way for you direct your learning. You decide what you would like to learn, how you intend to learn it, and how you will synthesise your experience with your academic knowledge
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