• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Internship 2 provides students in the Museum and Heritage Studies Program who are completing or have already completed MUSC8004: Internship 1 a second opportunity to undertake an internship experience. It is an additional practical and customised opportunity to experience how cultural, collecting and other related agencies 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. gain skills required for humanities research and museum work, including data-collection, analysis, and verbal 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;
  4. model best practice and have a commitment to ethical, reflective practice in relation to the agency, institution, or sector interned within; and
  5. compare and contrast the learnings from this internship with those learned from MUSC8004 Internship 1.

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 Wattle.


Please contact the course convener 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), including a comparison and contrast with the internship taken in MUSC8004 Internship 1, 2500 words (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  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.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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