• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Strategic Studies Experience 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.

Opportunities are usually attached to a relevant government department, think tank, media outlet, non-governmental organisation or tertiary institution 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.

The normal expectation is that students will be placed with an organisation 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 Masters courses in a relevant intellectual or policy environment
  2. Develop an in-depth understanding regarding the rationale for and operating modalities of the host organisation
  3. Clarify professional and career interests in the context of present and future employment in the strategic and/or defence policy environment
  4. Develop relationships with scholars or policy experts in the field of Strategic Studies and/or policy makers in the strategic and/or defence environment.

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. A report would be required at the end of the intern placement (null) [LO null]

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Workloads will vary depending on the placement, but up to 5 days per week for 12 weeks with the host organisation.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course. You must have successfully completed STST8010, Strategic Studies Concepts and Methods before applying for this course.

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

Prescribed Texts

None specified


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

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