• Offered by Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Amy King
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2015
    First Semester 2015
    Autumn Session 2015
    Second Semester 2015
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Strategic studies internships offer a small group of outstanding graduate level students the opportunity to acquire practical experience working within a strategic and/ or defence policy related environment. This practical experience is designed to complement studies undertaken as part of the coursework component of the Master of Arts [Strategic Studies] program offered by the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre.

Internships are usually attached to a relevant government department, think tank, media outlet, non-governmental organisation or tertiary institution. Internships can be undertaken within Australia or, in rare instances, internationally subject to the student being able to bear the financial costs and to meet the visa requirements associated with undertaking an internship in the country concerned.

Internships can vary greatly in terms of content, although a uniform assessment structure applies for students undertaking this course. Every attempt is made to match the interest of the student with the needs of the organisation.

Internships vary in length according to the availability and academic requirements of the student, as well as the needs of the host organisation. The normal expectation is that the internship will be for a period of up to three months.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students who satisfy the requirements of this course will have the knowledge and skills to:


    • Apply knowledge gained from SDSC Masters courses in a policy relevant environment


    • Complete a major research project and to express the key findings of that project both verbally and in written form


    • Have an in-depth understanding regarding the rationale for and operating modalities of the host organisation


  • Clarify professional and career interests in the context of present and future employment in the strategic and/ or defence policy environment

Other Information

Course delivery will be tailored in consultation with the student and the host organisation, with a view to meeting the needs of both. Students will work under the academic supervision of the SDSC Internships Coordinator. A placement supervisor will be appointed by the host organisation for each student.

Indicative Assessment

7000 - 8000 word research report developed in advance of commencing the internship and completed during the period thereof (70%). Associated assessment includes a 2000 word formal research proposal (10%), a 3000 word mid-term report (10%), and an oral presentation summarising the key findings of the research report (10%).

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5 days per week for 12 weeks working on the internship research report and associated assignments. Students will also be required to maintain regular contact with the SDSC internship coordinator.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
24 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $11832
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $17400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1544 01 Jan 2015 23 Jan 2015 23 Jan 2015 31 Mar 2015 In Person N/A

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2463 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1467 01 Apr 2015 24 Apr 2015 24 Apr 2015 30 Jun 2015 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2441 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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