Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject gives six students the opportunity to complete a research internship at the Victorian Parliament. Students will work with the Parliamentary Library and a Member of Parliament to complete an original piece of research on a contemporary issue in law or public policy. Students will also attend seminars and workshops throughout the semester run by staff from La Trobe, the Parliamentary Library and other Victorian universities to help them manage the research process. The internship aims to give students the opportunity to develop higher-level research skills, to enhance their ability to engage in critical thinking on issues of contemporary importance, and to further enhance their understanding of the political system and the policy process. Please note, only a very limited number of places are available in this subject each year, so enrolment is by invitation only. Please contact the subject coordinator for details on how to apply.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesCommunication with academic and parliamentary supervisors, workshop participants and peers and completion of reports and essays.Research and analysis of an issue or problem in consultation with Victorian MPs, parliamentary staff and academic supervisor.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be a 3rd year student doing the Politics major, the ABIR, or the LBPPE or the LWLPPE Enrolment only with subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsPOL3DPO

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify an issue or problem of relevance to Victorian politics
02. Produce a project dealing with an issue or problem of relevance to Victorian politics

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Off Campus


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicholas Barry

Class requirements

Industry Based Learning-Off SiteWeek: 31 - 43
Seven 4.00 hours industry based learning-off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Six students only -- enrolment only with subject coordinator's approval.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

6,000 word reportThis report is a substantial and systematic work of applied research on a topic relevant to the interests of a member of the Parliament of Victoria.

N/AReportIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO3

2,000 word reflective essayThis assessment gives students the opportunity to reflect on their experiences during the semester, identifying the key insights they have gained about research and politics.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3