• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Diplomacy
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Policy Studies, International Business, Diplomacy
  • Work Integrated Learning Placements
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2023
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The Internship involves a work placement with organisations relevant to diplomatic studies. This provides an opportunity to experience a hands-on work environment in which to observe, apply and gain knowledge and skills relevant to diplomatic studies and related careers. Projects are negotiated between the convenor, the host organisation and the student, to ensure students make the most of the opportunity to adapt their academic knowledge to professional life in their field of interest, to explore career paths, to acquire relevant hands-on practice, and to make important professional contacts. As well as undertaking an agreed project, students may be involved in observations, meetings, clerical work and administration, to gain a clearer insight into the day-to-day functioning of their host department, embassy or organisation. Students must complete the program to the satisfaction of their host organisation and course convenor. Internships will be offered to students on merit through a competitive application and interview process. Students must seek approval to enrol and participate in pre-placement activities. In exceptional circumstances students may be permitted to do a self-sourced internship.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify, plan, manage and execute a substantive independent and original written policy-relevant research project making use of appropriate Diplomatic Studies research and addressing a complex problem to a high professional standard appropriate to the professional setting.
  2. Demonstrate persuasive and inclusive written and oral communications skills appropriate to the given professional setting.
  3. Identify, describe, and reflect on their workplace experiences, particularly in terms of their own professional growth, reflecting on such things as interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and career motivations and aspirations.
  4. Recognise and apply improved professional skills relating to work expectations, routines, professional conduct rules and ethical practice, in one specific professional work context.
  5. Describe, analyse and critique how advanced knowledge and skills acquired through the study of diplomacy are brought to bear in a specific way for a particular purpose and work setting.

Work Integrated Learning


The WIL component provides an opportunity for you to work in a genuine business setting. It exposes you to a diverse learning experience that cannot be formulated in the classroom alone. It will enable you to understand how you can apply what you’ve learnt into a practical setting where you develop a sense of workplace culture.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 2,4]
  2. Policy Proposal - 1000 words (10) [LO 1]
  3. Reflection Paper - 2000 words (30) [LO 1,3,5]
  4. Policy Paper - 3000 words (50) [LO 1,3,5]

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Students are expected to dedicate at least 10 hours per week to their internship, including the equivalent of 1 full day of work at their host organisation each week for the duration of the semester.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

To commence an internship, students must have completed at least 24 units of coursework in their degree.

You will need to contact the Department of International Relations to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

DIPL8001 - Transnational Diplomacy

DIPL8044 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

DIPL8000 - Research Methods in Diplomacy


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3574 08 May 2023 17 Mar 2023 19 May 2023 30 Jun 2023 In Person N/A

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