• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Museum and Collection
  • Areas of interest Resource Management and Environmental Science, Archaeology, Art History, Cultural Studies, History More...
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sharon Peoples
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Autumn Session 2016
    Winter Session 2016
    Second Semester 2016
    Spring Session 2016
    See Future Offerings

Internship 2 provides students in the Liberal Arts program who are completing or have already completed MUSC 8004: Internship 1 an additional practical and customised opportunity to experience how cultural, collecting and other related agencies work. Students undertake a workplace-based placement with an agreed cultural and collecting institution, heritage agency, independent professional academic or consultant, or equivalent. Students will be supported by the ANU internship co-ordinator, but will be under the day-to-day supervision of a workplace-based supervisor nominated by the host institution or professional. Students will generally be given opportunities to experience the breadth and variety of the agency's professional role in curatorial, conservation, registration, public program, front of house and exhibitions, or other roles as appropriate to the placement. However, in consultation with the Internship Co-ordinator and the agency supervisor, the internship may also be designed to allow a student to work within a more confined context on a specific project.

Learning Outcomes

Course aims: 

On completing this workplace-based course in a host institution or agency, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. apply, at an advanced level, the theoretical knowledge of current and pertinent issues gained from other Liberal Arts coursework to the workplace, while developing a critical understanding, awareness and assessment of the host institution or agency.

2. identify and engage with key personnel, corporate and organisational operations and structures, the and material culture production and research both independently and as part of a team, using the full application of mission statements and industry policies and protocols as relevant, while reflecting on the role of individual institutions within the greater context appropriate to that workplace to an advanced level.

3. work in the cultural and collecting sector, heritage and public history sector, and /or field of visual range of available institutional collection-based research facilities and understanding the scope of practical skills appropriate to the particular workplace.

4. further explore personal vocational, professional and career interests and options in the context of future work in the sector interned within.

 Learning outcomes:

1. To demonstrate a working knowledge and critical engagement with the agency, institution, or sector interned within.

2. To gain skills required for humanities research and museum work. This includes data-collection, analysis, and verbal and written presentation at the standard of a postgraduate degree.

3. To gain understanding and a basic set of skills required for working in the agency, institution, or sector interned within, including a functioning knowledge of current industry standards and protocols, policy frameworks, and funding regimes.

4. To model best practice and have a commitment to ethical, reflective practice in relation to the agency, institution, or sector interned within.

Other Information

Students may take MUSC8004 and MUSC8005 concurrently, OR in consecutive teaching periods OR in consecutive semesters 1 and 2.

This course is available both as a face-to-face course for students based in Canberra and also as a distance (fully online) course for external students. The online course materials will be available through http://wattlecourses.anu.edu.au/


Please contact the course convenor in advance if you intend to take this course as an online unit.

Indicative Assessment

  • Assignment 1: Work proposal is submitted after 3 working days. This is assessed as pass/fail.
  • Assignment 2: 2000-2500 discourse essay or placement specific task report (35%)
  • Assignment 3: online reflective diary will be submitted (20%)
  • Work place supervisor report (45%)
  • The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    You will need to contact the School of Archaeology and Anthropology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

    Areas of Interest

    • Resource Management and Environmental Science
    • Archaeology
    • Art History
    • Cultural Studies
    • History
    • Museums and Collections



    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:
    Band 1
    Unit value:
    6 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.

    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2016 $3054
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2016 $4368
    Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

    Offerings and Dates

    The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

    First Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
    On Campus
    2944 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person
    On Campus
    4841 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 Online

    Autumn Session

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
    5433 01 Apr 2016 22 Apr 2016 22 Apr 2016 30 Jun 2016 In Person

    Winter Session

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
    6320 01 Jul 2016 22 Jul 2016 22 Jul 2016 30 Sep 2016 In Person

    Second Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
    On Campus
    7904 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person
    9853 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 Online

    Spring Session

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
    9310 01 Oct 2016 21 Oct 2016 21 Oct 2016 31 Dec 2016 In Person

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