• Offered by Research School of Humanities and the Arts
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Museum and Collection
  • Areas of interest History, Museums and Collections, Arts, Heritage Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning Placements
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Maya Haviland
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    Second Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

The internship provides students in the Liberal Arts program with a practical and customised opportunity to experience how the cultural and collecting sectors, heritage and public history sectors, and /or professionals in the field of visual and material culture production and research 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

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

  1. demonstrate a working knowledge and critical engagement with the agency, institution, or sector interned within;
  2. demonstrate skills required for humanities research and museum work, including data-collection, analysis, and oral and written presentation at the standard of a Master's degree;
  3. gain an 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; and
  4. model best practice and have a commitment to ethical, reflective practice in relation to the agency, institution, or sector interned within.

Work Integrated Learning


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

  1. Work proposal submitted after 3 working days, assessed as pass/fail and submitted on supplied template (5) [LO 4]
  2. Online reflective diary (daily during placement) (2500 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Discourse essay or placement-specific task report (3000 words) (35) [LO 1,2]
  4. Work place supervisor evaluation, completed by workplace supervisor (45) [LO 2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up of approximately 20 days attendance at the internship placement, and applied research and writing. The structure and delivery of contact hours is dependent on internship type.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Humanities and the Arts to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

Students must be enrolled in or have completed one course in Museum and Heritage Studies (MUSC) at 6000-, 7000-, or 8000-level.



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 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2281 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5266 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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