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Humanities Internship Practicum - HUMS301/401

Students across the Division of Humanities now have the opportunity to make connections with employers and gain valuable workplace experience through internships.

Completing an internship can enhance students’ employability on completion of their qualifications.

Stevie Fergusson talks about the Humanities Internship Practicum

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What is the Humanities Internship Practicum and who is it for?

The Humanities internship practicum is a paper for undergraduate (HUMS301) and postgraduate (HUMS401) full-time students from any of the Humanities disciplines*.

The internship involves:


  • a substantive practicum
 in a relevant workplace situation
  • written work about the project 

  • supervision by the Humanities Internship Practicum coordinator and the student's department

Students will be based with an organisation and will work on a project for them. The work will be relevant to the student’s degree and will be negotiated between the student, the organisation and the supporting department. It will provide academic, work-base and personal skill development and enhance students' post-study employability.

(*The Humanities disciplines include all Arts subjects, including Law, Theology, Social Work, Music and Performing Arts.)

Steps to follow to sign up for the paper

  1. Check the selection criteria for entry to the paper.
  2. Talk with a member of staff in your department about your interest in this paper.
  3. After discussion with the department, complete the Preliminary Project form.
    Download the Preliminary Project form (PDF, 215KB)
  4. Contact the Humanities coordinator, Professor Claire Freeman, to indicate that you wish to take this paper - and send her the Preliminary Project form.
    Contact details for Professor Claire Freeman.
  5. Request special permission in eVision to enrol in either HUMS301 or HUMS401.
  6. Contact Professor Claire Freeman prior to the start of semester for the course outline and accompanying documents/memoranda. She will make contact with your workplace coordinator and Department liaison person to set up an initial meeting in the first week of semester.

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Selection criteria for entry to the paper

There is no automatic right of entry for admission to either HUMS301 or HUMS401.

Entry to HUMS301/HUMS401 must be approved by both the Department liaison person and the HUMS301/HUMS401 coordinator before a student's admission to this paper is formally signed off.

All students are strongly encouraged to discuss their admission and the proposed internship with the Department liaison person prior to applying for admission to the paper.

While academic achievement is a critically important element, it must be supported by personal and interpersonal skills of a high order.

Essential requirements for the selection process

  1. An academic record demonstrating high grades (normally a B+ average) over the previous year’s level of study.
  2. Endorsement by two members of academic staff.
  3. Provision of a curriculum vitae which demonstrates relevant work and/or voluntary experience. If this is not possible then the student must give a clear justification for wanting to undertake a placement in their statement (see point number 5 below).
  4. Provision of at least one character or personal reference.
  5. Demonstration of motivation for engaging in placement by the provision of a 250-500 word statement by the student.

Please note: International students should contact the international office to discuss eligibility.

Email international.marketing@otago.ac.nz

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What are the assessment requirements for the paper?

There will be three components to the assessment programme:

1. Reflective Field Notes

In this exercise, students will complete a weekly diary of work events that they reflect upon, comparing practice to theory and the differences experienced by them as interns.

2. A report or a portfolio for submission at the end of placement

This report/portfolio is designed to develop students' research skills within a work environment, using a variety of sources from both the work place and their University papers; and to achieve a quantifiable outcome.

2. End of placement interview

The end of placement interview will be conducted by the Humanities Coordinator and/or the internship coordinator from the department of the student’s major.

Summative (graded) Internal Assessment will include:

  • Reflective Field Notes 25%
  • Final report/portfolio 60%
  • End of placement interview 15%

Course booklet

Download a copy of the course booklet (PDF format, 300KB)

Internship agreement document

Download a copy of the Internship agreement document (Word, 27KB)

For more information contact the Humanities coordinator

Professor Claire Freeman
HUMS301/HUMS401 Coordinator
64 3 479 8785
Email hums-internships@otago.ac.nz