Community Internship

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Community Internship

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Internship, Service-Learning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This free-choice elective course provides an opportunity for students to develop a range of professional and personal skills while making a difference in their community through combining volunteering with academic learning through a community internship organised by the University for the 50-hour minimum volunteering component of the course. The activity may be related to the student's discipline studies, or could be an opportunity to explore working with an organisation outside of their normal discipline learning context. Community Partners who have joined with the University to offer volunteering internships to students include organisations, schools, government departments and corporations engaged in not-for-profit community activities. The community-based volunteering is aligned with a structured academic program of learning that provides insight into the student's role in the world and explores a range of issues that relate to improving a variety of community needs.

    *This course will need to be selected as one of the student's 4 preferred courses on their pre-registration form. Participants will work with their ISA site specialist to apply for specific placements prior to departure. Additional details will be worked out once on site.*

    Course Introduction
    Community Internship is composed of two parts:
    VOLUNTEERING a key component is a minimum 50 hour volunteering activity for community benefit. Students make a selection from a range of projects available through the University, or bring their own volunteering activity.
    ACADEMIC LEARNING a suite of learning experiences lectures, self-paced modules, Academic Advisor consultations, and tutorials to help students explore a range of issues that impact on the way they interact with their communities as graduates and citizens.
    N.B. Students are assigned an Academic Advisor to guide them throughout the course and support each student with any concerns in relation to their internship or assessment. If students are given permission to start their internship prior to the start of semester, they must be in communication with their Academic Advisor from the commencement of the internship.
    Completion of this course will enable students to include their internship position title and experience on their resume. Benefits include:
    Substantial personal and professional development including the Griffith Graduate Attributes ( ;
    Improved awareness of workplace practice;
    Critical understanding of the nature of citizenship and volunteering; and
    The importance of not-for-profit organisations in contemporary society.
    It is not expected that the internship will come at a financial cost to the student. If students have substantial travel costs as a result of the geographic location of their internship, they can apply for financial support for travel costs.
    If any student has a disability and/or health condition that may impact on their ability to successfully undertake a required learning activity in this course, they are encouraged to complete the Griffith University Discolosure Statement and advise the Course Convenor so reasonable adjustments can be discussed.
    Course Aims
    This course aims to raise student awareness of a range of community issues, both local, national and global, and to increase their awareness of the responsibility of those with privilege to support those who are not as privileged to have equitable access to the benefits of modern society or the responsibility we have to the environment.
    The course will help you to develop a range of professional and personal skills which are attractive to employers, but more importantly, help to develop students as contributing citizens with a broader understanding of social issues. Students will explore:
    The importance of social structures and the role of community organisations in society and/or need to be involved in protecting the wider environment;
    The impact professionals can make in contributing to a fair society and protection of the planet.;
    Contemporary personal decision-making and choices which lead to personal and natinoal happiness.
    Research on the outcomes of such courses demonstrates that those who participate in volunteering in the community ?generally report higher levels of happiness.? (
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Through the activities and experience of your internship, identify the principles and practices which underpin the positive role of community engagement.
    2 Explain the role of citizen involvement in community organisations and the function of such organisations in meeting individual and/or community needs.
    3 Describe your improved personal and professional skills as represented by the Griffith Graduate Attributes.
    2.3. Graduate Attributes

    Assessment Task


    Assignment - Planning Document
    Internship Plan


    Guided discussion with peers
    Peer Discussion


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Internship Report


    Workplace based assessment
    Professional Practice


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.