INTBUS 7509 - International Management Internship

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2021

International Management Internship involves an Internship with an Australian or overseas business, not-for-profit organisation or government department. It may take place in a face-to-face or virtual context. The course provides the student with an opportunity to experience a hands-on business environment in which to observe and apply their international management knowledge and skills. Experiential learning provides opportunities for students to apply theoretical knowledge, develop and consolidate skills, reflect on practice, and develop an understanding of international management from the practical perspective. Projects are negotiated between the Faculty and the sponsor within the host organisation, and may include a marketing plan, organisational development plans or activities, social and economic development plans, research, business development, customer relations, events management and market entry strategies, or any other negotiated project. As well as undertaking an agreed project, students may be involved in observations, meetings, clerical work and administration, to gain a clearer insight into the day-to-day functioning of the business. Students must complete the program to the satisfaction of their host organisation as well as an academic supervisor qualified in International Management to be eligible to pass this course. Internships will be offered to students on merit through a competitive application and interview process. Students must seek approval from Master of International Management Program Coordinator and Internships Team for a formal and structured work placement, which is relevant to their studies before undertaking the placement, including participation in pre-placement activities.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code INTBUS 7509
    Course International Management Internship
    Coordinating Unit Management
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Independent Study
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites INTBUS 7500 AND INTBUS 7015 plus courses to the value of 6 units from INTBUS 7506, INTBUS 7501, INTBUS 7016, INTBUS 7503 OR TRADE 5001
    Quota Subject to availability of suitable sponsors. Placements will be offered to students on academic and professional merit
    Assessment Online modules, reflective journal, report and host organisations supervisor feedback
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Olga Muzychenko

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    1. Identify international management profesisonal skills and capabilities that meet the needs of industry
    2. Demonstrate heightened self-awareness of one's cultural values, attitudes and comminication style
    3. Reflect on and critically evaulte experiences to gain heightened awareness of one's cultural intelligence, identify areas for development and devise developmental strategies
    4. Devise and implement effective and appropriate communication and behavioural responses in the cross-cultural profesisonal context
    5. Intergrate knowledge, skills and experiences to think critically and creatively to solve international management problems & contribute meaningfully to the work place.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is based on the principles of experiential learning and requires you to be places in the a face-to-face or virtual business environment with workplace supervision and mentoring.
    You will also be expected to meet one-on-one with an Academic Supevisor to discuss the nature of the academic project for assessment.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 12 hours per week for a 3 unit course (150 hours)
    Although for this course some time will be spent in the workplace environment, there is still an expectation for the students to be completing individual study nd meeting with the Academic Supervisor outside of this/
    Learning Activities Summary
    As well as regularly attending the workplace or participating in virtual work-related activities, you must meet with the Academic Supervisor to discuss assessment requirements and tasks.
    The academic staff member will be available throughout the duration of the Internship to advise or assist you with academic issues and issues you may face on the workplace.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students need to work with a host organisation in a formal and structured industry managed work experience program, with a registered organisation. Approval mist have been granted from the Faculty of Professions for this work placement to be counted as experiential learning towards their degree.

    Should the host organisaton be dissatisfied with the student's performace this will be addressed by the Host and the Faculty giving the student a chance to recitfy their behaviour. Should the unsatisfactory performance continue and The Host decides to terminate the placement before the end date, the student will recieve a Fail grade for this course.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Word Count/ Time  Learning Outcome Due
    Online Modules x3 Individual


    10-15 minutes each 1,3 Week 1 of Internship and last week of Internship
    Assignment 1:
    Reflective Journal
    Individual 30% 2500 1-5 One week after completion of Internship
    Assignment 2:
    International Management Repor
    Individual 50% 4000 1-5 Last week of the teaching period in which Internship was undertaken
    Host Organisation Supervisor Feedback Individual 10% n/a 4-5 Two weeks after completion of Internship
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail
    1. Online Modules

    You are required to complete three online modules to demonstrate understanding of industry expectations about professional skills and capabilities and practice of reflection on and critical evalution of one's experience to identify development needs and opportunities.
    2. Reflective Journal

    Reflective journal will document the activities you have undertaken during the internship, preferably on a weekly basis, as well as key insights and evaluation of your experince in light of international management knowledge and skills. You must identify your cultural values, attitudes and communication style and evaluate how they support or hinder your performance in the workplace; assess your cultural intelligence across its three clusters, identify areas for improvement and devise improvement strategies; discuss critical international management issues or tasks that you faced and how you responded to those; and articulate lessons learned as a result of reflectio. You should take weekley notes and use these as a basis for a discussion with the course cooridinator during the semester to get feedback and enable you to act on that feedback to prepare your final submission.

    3. International Management Report

    The topic of the report must be negotiated with the academic supervisor. The topic must provide an opportunity to intergrated knowledge, skills and experinces to think critically and creatively to solve international management problems and contribute meaninfully to the workplace in the context of the Project negotiated with the Host organisation. Reflect on your international management professional skills and capabilities and how they need the needs of the workplace and articilate lessons learned as a result of reflection. 

    The Project may or may not be directly relevant to international management. Examples of the projoect directly relevant to international management may include, but are not limited to, export plan, foreign market analysis, international expansion strategy for the organisation, or foreign market entry strategy. Where the project is not directly relevant to international management, the students home country must be different from the host organisation is located. (e.g the international student placed in the Host Organisation in Australia)
    In the latter case, the topic of the report may focus, for example, on the evaulation and analysis of the host organisation's management practices and their cross-cultural effectiveness.

    4. Host Organisational Supervisor Feedback

    The host organisation supervisor will provide feedback/mark no later than two weeks after the completion of the work experince program. 
    • Please retin a copy of all assignments submitted
    • All assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated before submission. Markers can refuse to accept assignments which do not have a signed acknowledgement of University's Academic Honesty Policy
    • It is the student's responsibility to ensure that copies of assignments have recieved by the academic supervisor 
    • Academic supervisor retains the right to request assignments to be submitted electronically via Turnitin external tool.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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