PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP

MAC3INT

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students complete internships in the media, journalism and communications and related industries with a specific organisation. Students develop skills in accessing these networked industries from the perspective of an industry-ready future employee and undertake an in-depth experience of work as an emerging professional in the media and related fields. Students develop an understanding of issues internal to the organisation such as its goals, structure, management style and work practices. In addition, they acquire an understanding of the organisation's relationships to clients, audiences and other elements of media and communications professions. Internship opportunities will be advertised through this subject or students can self-source internships, but self-sourced internships must be approved by the subject coordinator before the student starts placement.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMerryn Sherwood

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in ABMC (Bachelor of Media & Communication) or LWLMC (Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Media and Communication) or coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects MST3INT, MSS3INT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical framework in which they are expected to work as a professional in the media industry and as representatives of La Trobe University on student placement.

Activities:
Students explore the legal and ethical framework in which they expected to work as a professional in the media industry and as representatives of La Trobe University on student placement, by completing a series of online modules.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Develop practical employability skills through securing a professional internship placement.

Activities:
Students develop employability skills through working on their resume and cover letter, guided through the online modules, and use these to help secure a relevant internship.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Apply professional communication skills developed across their La Trobe course to a professional workplace.

Activities:
120 hours of student placement in an approved workplace.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Demonstrate knowledge of and sensitivity to issues associated with workplace culture including, professional expectations, ethics, social and cultural diversity and personal responsibility.

Activities:
Students complete a work diary and reflective essay that critically reflects on their internship, its contribution to their learning and how it will inform their ongoing practice.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Engage in independent learning and demonstrate self-awareness through active reflection.

Activities:
Students complete a work diary and reflective essay that critically reflects on their internship, its contribution to their learning and how it will inform their ongoing practice.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMerryn Sherwood

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
Four 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online Modules.Students must complete a series of modules before commencing their internship, including on professional conduct in the workplace, media law and copyright. 750 word equivalent.20 01, 02, 04
Internship Plan.Students must complete a pre-internship plan, including goal setting, and complete the paperwork required to start an industry placement. 750 word equivalent.20 01, 02, 03
Internship Report.Students must complete a critically reflective report that examines their learning experience during the internship. 2500 word equivalent.60 02, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMerryn Sherwood

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Four 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online Modules.Students must complete a series of modules before commencing their internship, including on professional conduct in the workplace, media law and copyright. 750 word equivalent.20 01, 02, 04
Internship Plan.Students must complete a pre-internship plan, including goal setting, and complete the paperwork required to start an industry placement. 750 word equivalent.20 01, 02, 03
Internship Report.Students must complete a critically reflective report that examines their learning experience during the internship. 2500 word equivalent.60 02, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2020, Summer 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMerryn Sherwood

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 02 - 05
Four 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 02 to week 05 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online Modules.Students must complete a series of modules before commencing their internship, including on professional conduct in the workplace, media law and copyright. 750 word equivalent.20 01, 02, 04
Internship Plan.Students must complete a pre-internship plan, including goal setting, and complete the paperwork required to start an industry placement. 750 word equivalent.20 01, 02, 03
Internship Report.Students must complete a critically reflective report that examines their learning experience during the internship. 2500 word equivalent.60 02, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2020, Winter semester, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMerryn Sherwood

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 27 - 28
Four 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 27 to week 28 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online Modules.Students must complete a series of modules before commencing their internship, including on professional conduct in the workplace, media law and copyright. 750 word equivalent.20 01, 02, 04
Internship Plan.Students must complete a pre-internship plan, including goal setting, and complete the paperwork required to start an industry placement. 750 word equivalent.20 01, 02, 03
Internship Report.Students must complete a critically reflective report that examines their learning experience during the internship. 2500 word equivalent.60 02, 03, 04, 05