Why Student Placements?

Industry placements allow students to gain invaluable vocational experience providing an opportunity to apply and extend their learning in the classroom. In conjunction with our valued industry partners, we offer ‘project based’ unpaid placements for credit within a structured academic program. Placements are 140 hour (approx. 20 days full-time or equivalent part-time). Opportunities are advertised in multiple teaching sessions and the program runs year-round. Previous partners include: World Wildlife Fund (WWF), NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), People with Disability Australia (PWDA) and Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR).

How to apply?

Students are eligible to undertake a placement after successful completion of four units of study at 6000 level, including SCLG6923: Social Justice Vocational Project Design. We cannot guarantee placements as this is a competitive process with limited offerings (please note, SCLG6923 is also a stand-alone unit; enrolment in this unit does not guarantee a placement). Students that have successfully applied for a vocational placement will then be approved to enroll in SCLG6913: Social Justice Vocational Placement. Please ensure you check this website and your student email regularly for the next information session and application round (typically at the beginning of semesters).

Curriculum Structure?

SCLG6923: Social Justice Vocational Project Design

This unit of study provides students with practical training in experiential learning methodologies with application to working in the social justice sector. Students will also be introduced to crosscutting issues in the sector, such as funding, and will receive training in vocational competencies, such as cultural competence and project management. Assessment in this unit of study allows students to critically apply their own area study and/or disciplinary lenses in setting professional development goals and planning a future project.

SCLG6913: Social Justice Vocational Placement

The social justice internship offers students in approved postgraduate coursework programs in the School of Social and Political Sciences the opportunity to work intensively in a domestic or international organisation, to gain a working knowledge of social justice practice. Under the supervision of a member of the organisation, students will undertake a specific focused task or set of tasks relevant to the organisation's mandate and work with faculty to draw links between their practical project and theoretical issues, reflecting a human rights, development studies and / or peace and conflict approach. Department permission required.