• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person

The internship is organized by negotiation with the Convenor, who will assist and act as mediator as required with potential interning organizations. The internship is an opportunity for students to work in a professional environment, on a project or problem of mutual interest to the student and interning organization.

The student should register an interest in undertaking an internship with the Convenor and present a brief description of one (or more) practical tasks and associated methodological/theoretical interests that will be pursued by undertaking the internship. He/she may also nominate one or more organizations in which the internship might be undertaken. The student should give the Convenor a brief CV to present to the interning organization. A satisfactory three-way agreement must be reached among Convenor, interning organization and student regarding the nature of the internship and tasks to be performed during it, and the research question upon which the major assignment for MAAPD will be based.  Ethics clearance will be required if human research (e.g. certain types of surveys and interviews) is involved.

The negotiations will include a specification of time to be spent in the organization by the student; expectations about working arrangements; and a clear supervisory commitment by someone in the organization to the student. Working and time arrangements have varied with students having spent a minimum of one morning per week for 10 weeks, up to full-time out-of-country. Large commitments of time are voluntary, while periods one morning to one day per week for 8 to 10 weeks is generally sufficient. Internship students generally meet every two weeks or so for the latter part of the semester to exchange information and report to each other.

MAAPD students have interned at: Environment Australia; Amnesty International; ATSIC branches; SPREP (a regional Pacific organization); Australian Reproductive Health Alliance; ACFID; AusAID; CAEPR (Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research) , and at other locations in the University.

Note: Where the internship involves travel outside Canberra, students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required travel documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all travel documentation by the relevant delegate.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Apply theoretical knowledge of current and pertinent issues gained from other MAAPD courses to the workplace, while developing a critical understanding of the host organisation.
  2. Scope, design, implement and report on a limited research task in the context and under the direction of a development organisation.
  3. Understand the constraints that development organisations work under.
  4. Clarify personal, vocational, professional and career interests in the context of future employment in the development field.

Indicative Assessment

Supervisor Assessment (10%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4]
Reflective Journal & Annotated Bibliography, 2000 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3]
Written Report, 4000 words (65%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from of independent student research in the interning organisation, reading and writing. Working and time arrangements with the interning organisation are open to discussion (for example, previous interns have committed from one morning per week throughout a semester to a full-time out-of-country commitment).

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Assumed Knowledge

This course is an internship, and so students must have undertaken several courses in development studies with consistent high marks. It is advisable where possible to undertake it in the final semester of your degree.


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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3570
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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