• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning Placements
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Finch
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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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 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:

  1. Apply knowledge gained from SDSC postgraduate courses in a policy relevant environment
  2. Complete a major research project and to express the key findings of that project both verbally and in written form
  3. Develop an in-depth understanding regarding the rationale for and operating modalities of the host organisation
  4. Clarify professional and career interests in the context of present and future employment in the strategic and/ or defence policy environment

Work Integrated Learning


Indicative Assessment

  1. The intern will complete a 5000-7,000 words of written assessment and an oral presentation on their project. The intern will also undertake approximately10 hours of work per week in the office of the host organisation. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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One day per week in host organisation plus private study

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed STST8010 Strategic Studies Concepts and Methods.

You will need to contact the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2483 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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