• 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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Please contact your Program Coordinator if you wish to enrol in this course.

The Public Policy and Professional Internship 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 course provides students with an opportunity to gain credit towards their degree by undertaking a self-sourced internship. Students complete a placement in an appropriate public purpose or private entity to gain exposure to the organisational context and professional practice of public policy, and prepare a research report that applies theoretical knowledge to a project tied to the internship. Each student will work with an academic advisor to guide the design and conduct of the research project. This course has dual overall learning goals to promote discipline-based concept application and career literacy-based professional development.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply discipline-based theoretical knowledge and tools learned in coursework to a research project that is tied to the internship experience.
  2. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in the context of developing advanced professional knowledge.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Work Integrated Learning


This WIL component supports your internship in a policy-relevant agency or organisation with integrated career skills development and academic mentoring to develop applied research.

Other Information

Students intending to complete a self-sourced internship for credit in CRWF8019 should note that initial expressions of interest should be sent to crawford.internships@anu.edu.au at least two months before the intended placement start date. Students should also be aware that you must adhere to these deadlines when preparing an internship:

  • Five weeks before internship placement commences – internship application approved
  • Three weeks before internship placement commences – Assessment task 1: statement of expectations due

For more information on self-sourced internships please see the Crawford internships website.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Statement of Expectations (1500 words). Before starting their internship students will submit a Statement of Expectations that outlines what knowledge, skills and experience they intend to gain from the internship. The Statement is a type of ‘learning plan’ that should cover three areas: Expectations about the internship role; Expectations about personal and professional development; and Expectations about knowledge and skills application. The Statement will be used to help guide learning during the internship and will be used as a basis for reflecting on achievements and professional development as part of the Reflective Journal (15) [LO 3,4,5]
  2. Reflective Journal (2500 words). After completing their internship students will submit a Reflective Journal. The Journal is a critical component of ‘experiential learning’. It provides a structured opportunity to reflect on how concrete experiences in the internship 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 Journal will comprise internship journal entries (five journal entries recording key experiences and observations on concept application) and reflections on expectations (analytical observations on achievements and professional development expectations set out in the Statement of Expectations). (25) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  3. Research Report (6000 words). After completing their internship students will submit a Research Report that addresses a policy or governance question on a topic connected to the internship. The Report is a discrete research output for assessment against academic standards. While the Report can be informed by work undertaken during the internship it cannot be a document drafted as part of internship work requirements. The Report is a time-constrained policy or governance research project based on analysis of existing data that will provide experience in designing and conducting rigorous research. (60) [LO 1,2,3]

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The self-sourced internship should provide a minimum of 130 hours assessment & internship combined.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed text is: O’Leary, Z. and Hunt, J. 2016. Workplace Research: Conducting small-scale research in organizations. Sage. London. Course materials will be provided on Wattle.


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
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1533 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
6575 01 Jul 2024 30 Jun 2024 19 Jul 2024 30 Sep 2024 In Person View

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