MUSEUM 7004 - Museum Internship

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

This course provides hands-on practical experience working in a museum or art gallery. Interns will work within a professional setting and learn from industry specialists. Internship projects may relate to any area within museums such as curatorship, marketing, public programs, object or collection significance assessment, research, and fundraising. Internships will be negotiated together with the course convenor.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSEUM 7004
    Course Museum Internship
    Coordinating Unit School of Humanities
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 40 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites MUSEUM 7001
    Restrictions Only available to students enrolled in the Curatorial and Museum Studies or Art History graduate programs
    Assessment Major assignment, Weekly reflections, Supervisor Report
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Ania Kotarba

    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 students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of museum industry best practice.
    2. Demonstrate the ability to work as a team to achieve an outcome.
    3. Develop new skills in museum and art gallery practice.
    4. Show an understanding of a range of issues concerning care, storage and display of objects and artworks.
    5. Show an understanding of the range of professional skills and proficiencies required to work within a cultural institution.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Readings available via MyUni. 
    Recommended Resources
    Readings available via MyUni.
    Online Learning
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Students will undertake a 120 hour internship with a selected cultural institution. They may negotiate how they manage the time commitment with the course convenor and industry partner.

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

    120 contact hours plus time for assignment preparation and reading.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Internship (onsite), readings, assignments.
    Specific Course Requirements
  • 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
    Internship assignment, 4000 words or equivalent, 60% due one month after completion of internship placement
    Weekly reflections, 250 words per week, 20%
    Supervisor report, 20%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Must complete the set number of hours at industry placement in order to pass this course.
    Assessment Detail
    Internship assignment, 4000 words or equivilent, 60% due one month after completion of internship placement

    Weekly reflections, 250 words per week, 20%, emailed to course convenor during internship

    Supervisor report, 20%
    Assignment to be submitted via MyUni.
    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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