Courses & Units

Public Policy Internship HSS305


The Public Policy Internship is offered as a research-based unit in the undergraduate Politics and Policy Major, and is also available at Honours and Postgraduate levels. It involves a part-time placement in a public sector agency within the Tasmanian State Service, an NGO or within a Local Government Authority through the Local Government Association of Tasmania. This placement will see the intern undertake a practical, research-oriented report.* The internship aims to give students experience in practical aspects of policy-making and analysis, and public administration. Interns also gain an introduction to the public sector. Eligible students wishing to undertake the Public Policy internship should contact the School of Social Sciences ( by email to register their Expressions of Interest. For information about the unit please contact the Unit Coordinator A/Prof Joanna Vince.


Unit name Public Policy Internship
Unit code HSS305
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Coordinator Associate Professor Joanna Vince
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply key concepts and theories related to public sector internship.
  • Analyse and evaluate concepts, theories and case studies related to policy and politics.
  • Communicate knowledge and research results coherently in written and/or oral formats applying referencing and style conventions as appropriate.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090399 $2,040.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,324.00

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To be eligible for the internship, students must a have a minimum 6 point Grade Point Average or a Distinction average across Politics and Policy units.


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