International Internship

MFP80002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn

Duration

  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 150 Hours

Prerequisites

Admission to postgraduate studies

Aims and objectives

International Internship Experience is designed to provide post-graduate students with invaluable international work-experience utilising a real-world learning approach. The unit aims to enhance students’ understanding of the international landscape and allow them to apply their theoretical and conceptual knowledge. They will be encouraged to critically evaluate and assess their host organisation role within the market and positively contribute to its performance and outputs. Students are also expected to network with industry, government, alumni or NGOs (based on the nature of the host organisation) to gain understanding of the stakeholder management requirements in a different cultural setting. To maximise the learning experience, students will be encouraged to leverage their skills accumulated during their studies so far and – within a limited time-frame, to develop and practise effective communicative and coping strategies for cross-cultural interactions. The International Internship Experience is a workplace experience that extends for a meaningful period (15-25 days). Students are expected to participate in regular online learning activities as part of the unit of study.
 
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Critically reflect on the need for an awareness of cross-cultural competence and workplace skills
2. Summarise the features of the international context and describe the processes, responsibilities and approaches within the company or organisation the students work with
3. Identify and apply appropriate disciplinary skills and knowledge in a real-world environment (such as time and project management, goal setting, stakeholder identification and management, team work)
4. Communicate effectively for a range of audiences (including differing workplaces, industries, and organisational and cultural contexts)
5. Reflect on and evaluate own internship experiences, related to the workplace, and regional and global industry trends that might lead to or affect future employment
6. Prepare reports both through presentation and written means, in the context of a workplace