Internships

Work Integrated Learning

The School of the Arts and Media run seven courses to provide industry-engaged learning through internship opportunities with relevant industry hosts.

Securing an Internship

Internships for Media, Creative Writing, English or Film are student initiated. This means applicants must have secured their own internship before applying to enrol in these courses. If you need help finding an internship, some internship opportunities are advertised in the SAM Internships Newsletter, which is sent to all students. 

Internships in the Performing Arts are matched by the ARTS3013 course co-ordinator. You can apply without having first secured an internship.

Enrolment

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Course Requirements & Eligibility

Expand the below for details on eligibility for the course of your discipline. Please check your eligibility before applying above.

ARTS3013 Performing Arts Industry Experience

Eligibility: Students must have a minimum WAM of 70 and be enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts majoring in either Music, Dance or Theatre and Performance Studies, and have completed a minimum of 24 units of credit in their major.

Semester: Semester 1 only

Requirements: Students complete 90-100 hours in practice, report, portfolio, CV.

6 Units of Credit, Graded

Click here for more information and application form: https://sam.arts.unsw.edu.au/students/resources/performance-students/internships/

ARTS3021 Creative Writing Internship

Eligibility: Students must have a minimum WAM of 70 and be enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Creative Writing, and have completed a minimum of 18 units of credit in the Creative Writing stream, and 72 units of credit overall.

Semester: Summer, Semesters 1 & 2

Requirements: Students complete 100-150 hours in practice, critical reflection, work samples.

6 Units of Credit, Non-graded – this course is satisfactory/unsatisfactory completion.

ARTS3052 English Internship

Eligibility: Students must have a minimum WAM of 70 and be enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English, and have completed a minimum of 18 units of credit in the English stream, and 72 units of credit overall.

Semester: Summer, Semesters 1 & 2

Requirements: Students complete 100-150 hours in practice, critical reflection, work samples.

6 Units of Credit, Non-graded – this course is satisfactory/unsatisfactory completion.

ARTS3067 Film Studies Internship

Eligibility: Students must have a minimum WAM of 70 and be enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Film Studies, and have completed a minimum of 18 units of credit in the Film studies stream, and 72 units of credit overall.

Semester: Summer, Semesters 1 & 2

Requirements: Students complete 100-150 hours in practice, critical reflection, work samples.

6 Units of Credit, Non-graded – this course is satisfactory/unsatisfactory completion.

ARTS3095 BA Media Internship

Eligibility: Students must have a minimum WAM of 70 and be enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Media Culture & Technology, and have completed a minimum of 18 units of credit in the MCT stream, and 72 units of credit overall.

Semester: Summer, Semesters 1 & 2

Requirements: Students complete 100-150 hours in practice, critical reflection, work samples.

6 Units of Credit, Non-graded – this course is satisfactory/unsatisfactory completion. 

MDIA3007 Media Internship

Eligibility: Students must have a minimum WAM of 65 and be enrolled in a Bachelor of Media program (incl. dual programs), and have completed a minimum of 96 units of credit overall.

Semester: Semesters 1 & 2

Requirements: Students complete 100-150 hours in practice, critical reflection, work samples.

6 Units of Credit, Non-graded – this course is satisfactory/unsatisfactory completion.

MDIA5100 Industry Internship

Eligibility: Students must have a minimum WAM of 70 and be enrolled in a Master of Public Relations & Advertising (8281) or Master of Journalism & Communication (8232), and have completed a minimum of 24 units of credit overall.

Semester: Semesters 1 & 2

Requirements: Students complete 100-150 hours in practice, critical reflection, work samples.

6 Units of Credit, Non-graded – this course is satisfactory/unsatisfactory completion.

FAQs

What if my internship isn’t approved?

Students should enrol in a full load, including another elective course, while they seek approval for an internship placement. This means that all students will have a fall-back in the event that their internship is not approved by the School.

Can I do an internship full-time or part-time?

Yes, as long as the host organisation is agreeable, you do not miss classes, and you complete the minimum required hours. You may not undertake a full time internship if it clashes with any of your timetabled classes in any unit of study. For this reason, full time placements are usually undertaken during breaks between semesters.

Can I do an internship in the summer or mid-year break?

Subject to approval and eligibility, a student can commence an internship prior to Semester 1 commencing (ie from January to late February) or between mid June and mid July (prior to Semester 2 classes starting). Students who wish to complete their required hours during the Summer or mid-year breaks must have it approved prior to starting their hours. Hours will not be counted retrospectively.

Where can I get some ideas on hosts to approach for an internship?

The best place to start is to begin by undertaking some research into the particular area of the industry that you would like to complete your

internship.

The SAM Internships Newsletter has information about opportunities and comes out on a regular basis. If you are not a subscriber, but would like to be, please email sam@unsw.edu.au.

You may also find some ideas at UNSW Careers and Employment :

http://www.careers.unsw.edu.au/.

Media Internships are also regularly advertised on Zoom, Seek, CareerOne and other specialist media career websites.

Will I be paid for the internship?

No, internships are unpaid.

I have a job in the relevant industry - can I count this towards my internship?

If you already have a paid job that fits the general criteria of a media internship then unfortunately, it cannot count as an internship and you cannot receive course credit for it.

Will I be covered by Insurance?

UNSW offers insurance for all students completing internships for course credit. If you are paid, then you are considered an employee and would need to be covered by the employer for workers' compensation and professional liability. Please note that UNSW insurance does not cover you for incidents related to the use of a motor vehicle while undertaking an internship, and may not cover you for placements outside of Sydney. Please contact Marcela Polanco for more information about this.

Can I do my internship interstate or overseas?

Interstate and country/regional internships are subject to the approval by the School. If you are considering an interstate or country-regional internship, please speak to Marcela Polanco for advice before approaching a potential host. At present, it is not possible for students to undertake an overseas internship.

I am an international student. Can I do my internship in my home country?

At present, it is not possible for students to undertake an internship outside Australia.

I am a Study Abroad student. Can I take an internship while studying at UNSW?

To find out if you are eligible to undertake an internship, please contact the Study Abroad Office at UNSW. Eligible Study Abroad students are subject to the same rules and requirements as local students.

Can I do more than one internship?

Students are only permitted to complete a course once during their degree, so you cannot complete the same internships course more than once. However, you can enroll in other internship courses that you are eligible for (e.g HUMS2000) provided the internship placement is different.

What if I have problems at my internship?

Unfortunately, sometimes students do face difficulties in internship placements. If you are concerned about any aspect of your internship, please contact Marcela Polanco, the Internships Manager immediately on 9385 4170 or m.polanco@unsw.edu.au. The sooner we are involved, the more likely it is that a positive outcome will result.