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Unit Overview


This unit is undertaken in exceptional situations where a student gains a prestigious and extended internship through a competitive application process (e.g. the Uni-Capitol Washington internship). It provides students with an opportunity to apply, enhance and develop generic skills gained through their Arts studies in a workplace context. It offers students access to professional responsibilities, participation in group and independent problem-solving scenarios, and exposure to workplace communication (written and oral) needs and practices. Students are also expected to demonstrate skills in leadership and may be required to undertake some dissemination and ambassadorial roles upon their return to UWA.

12 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) acquire knowledge of an organisational culture; (2) develop an understanding of communication networks in a particular industry; (3) demonstrate the ability to manage time and resources in a workplace; (4) demonstrate the ability to work in collaboration with colleagues; (5) generate constructive responses to problems or challenges in a workplace; (6) demonstrate the ability to obtain, record and analyse information in an industry context; (7) demonstrate competence in the use of professional writing conventions; (8) demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on the needs and operation of organisations; (9) demonstrate initiative and the ability to work independently, as required by the internship supervisor; (10) demonstrate a range of effective communication strategies at UWA and in the placement; (11) undertake an ambassadorial role for both UWA and the placement organisation, in both a written and oral capacity; and (12) lead and mentor fellow students.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) industry participation (approx. 300 hours); (2) a portfolio of short exercises that enhance career development skills such as resume writing, job applications, workplace communication and personal goal-setting, marked by the Arts Internship Coordinator on a pass/fail basis; and (3) reflective assignment (2000 words). Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Chantal Bourgault du Coudray
Unit rules
completion of a Level 2 unit in an Arts major
Contact hours
internship: approx. 300 hours
Permission to enrol in this unit must be granted by the unit coordinator, course adviser or other faculty representative.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.