Each year since 2001 Monash Journalism students have participated in Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) program, which has a Journalism Professional (internship) Practicum (JPP) based in Jakarta.
ACICIS is based at Murdoch University, but is a separate entity from Murdoch. Annually ACICIS puts a call out (around September) to its 21 member universities, (of which Monash is one) seeking approximately 20 (undergraduate and post graduate journalism students) participants for its JPP Indonesian-based program.
ACICIS chooses 20 JJP participants, (from its member universities), based on a number of criteria including: academic record, industry experience, life experiences, the applicant’s flexibility in choice of internship and the skills that the applicant can bring to the internship.
Each year between January and February, successful JJP participants complete a week’s intensive Indonesian (covering languages and cultural history) unit at an Indonesia university followed by a 4 weeks journalism internship in Jakarta at prestigious media outlets such as news agencies (i.e. Antara, Indonesia’s national agency, plus global agencies such as Thomson Reuters), TV and Radio stations (i.e. ABC) and print (The Jakarta Post, and other newspapers and magazines).
In 2012, Monash Journalism has scored its highest level of participants, that is, 4 undergraduate and 4 postgraduate students. Students will receive 12 credit points, that is exemption from 2 university units (6 credit points x 2 units = 12 credit points) if they participate in the JJP program.