• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning Placements
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Di Francesco
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2024
    Winter Session 2024
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The Public Policy Professional Experience is part of the Crawford School of Public Policy’s suite of work integrated learning (WIL) options that promote reciprocal learning between academic studies and workplace application. This not for credit course provides students with an opportunity to acquire practical experience working within a public policy related environment.


Opportunities are self-sourced and are, for example, attached to a relevant government department, think tank, media outlet, or non-governmental organisation, and 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 the country concerned. This practical experience course is designed to complement studies undertaken as part of the coursework component of Crawford School degrees and promotes career literacy-based professional development.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply knowledge gained from Crawford School Masters courses in a public policy-relevant organisational environment.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to work under professional supervision, gain useful experience of a professional context and how organisations operate, and develop enhanced awareness of how economic and societal trends affect work opportunities.
  3. Demonstrate interpersonal and communication behaviours, attributes and skills that enable negotiation and collaboration with others, as well as enhanced self-awareness to identify personal characteristics and how these can support or hinder work behaviours.
  4. Clarify personal and professional goals consistent with personal characteristics and interests, and understand how skills can be transferable, including an enhanced ability to demonstrate employability skills to others.
  5. Develop relationships with policy makers and organisations relevant to their Crawford School degree.

Work Integrated Learning


This WIL component supports your placement in a policy-relevant agency or organisation with integrated career skills development.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Reflective Statement (2500 words). After completing their professional experience students will submit a Reflective Statement. The Statement is a critical component of ‘experiential learning’. It provides a structured opportunity to reflect on how concrete experiences in the professional experience have helped both to enhance understanding of academic concepts and to develop a better conception of your own personal work characteristics and work preferences. The Statement is the primary means for documenting student engagement with career-literacy based professional development. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The self-sourced internship should provide a minimum of 90 hours placement.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of coursework and be currently enrolled in one of the following programs; Master of Public Policy Master of Public Administration Master of International and Development Economics Master of Environmental and Resource Economics Master of Environmental Management and Development Master of Climate Change Master of National Security Policy

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1534 01 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 31 Mar 2024 In Person View

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6574 01 Jul 2024 30 Jun 2024 19 Jul 2024 30 Sep 2024 In Person View

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