Arts & Social Sciences Internships

Student undertaking vocational placement

HUMS2000 and HUMS2003 courses are electives in the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences programs and the Criminology major stream in the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences program. They provide you an exciting opportunity to put theory into practice and gain valuable professional experience via domestic and international vocational experience:

As a student at UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, you can apply for either HUMS2000 or HUMS2003. You are also eligible to compete a work-integrated learning course within your degree. This excludes students enrolled in Education and Social Work Degrees which require a minimum level of work experience to receive accreditation.

The process of finding a vocational placement uses a career development learning model that gives you practice in:

  • Identifying your skills
  • Researching opportunities
  • Reflecting on values and self-awareness
  • Building your résumé
  • Making career choices

Where could I do an internship?

Our students have completed internships with the following organisations

  • Channel Nine
  • Macquarie Legal Centre
  • Bauer Media
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival
  • Department of Family & Community Services
  • Burson-Marsteller
  • Juvenile Justice
  • 1 Million Women
  • Corrective Services NSW

How do I enroll in a WIL course?

Students must have secured their own internship before applying to enrol in these courses. If you need help finding an internship, please see FAQs in FASS WIL webpage.

Once you have secured your own internship, please contact the Work Integrated Learning Unit, via to express your interest in undertaking a WIL course.


Testimonial 1- Persis Irani, 2018 (Criminology & Criminal justice)

The HUMS2000 elective gave me a very good and helpful opportunity to gain some experience working in an organisation while studying in university. This experience not only helped me develop the skills needed to work in my industry, but working in real projects for a real organisation gave me the interpersonal skills that was needed to work effectively with others- and helped me build more confidence in my own abilities. Furthermore, it also helped me decide if this particular career is or isn’t for me, and helped effectively narrow down the long list of careers that I was interested in to find the one that I will be happy in.

The organisational Literature helped me critically evaluate, study and analyse an organisation. It also taught me how a small organisation operates and the struggles it faces. My intern organisation is an NGO and the I discussed the challenges an NGO faces, which I feel is very relevant to my organisational study.

I surely would be recommending this elective to many more students as I really feel this has been one of the most important and useful electives I have ever studied in university. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to take this elective. 

Testimonial 2 - Natalie Ho, 2018 (Arts/Law Majoring in Criminology)

What did you gain from HUMS2000?

I really enjoyed HUMS2000 because it was a different from all the Arts courses that I have competed. In particular, I gained an understanding of organisational theory, something I didn't know anything about as well as practical skills. Observing the ways in which organisation's operate and thinking about the ways in which we should deal with situations is not necessarily something that is taught in other academic courses.

What value was learning about the organisational theory and could you link it to your internship?

While I had worked in an organisation prior to my internship, I hadn't really considered how theory intersects with practical work. As the theory had many different aspects to it, I found that I was able to link the theory to my internship.

Anything else?

Overall, this course was incredibly insightful. I think further courses should be provided so students can have a smooth transition from university to full-time work. This course was a great insight into the challenges and ways in which organisation's operate and I would highly recommend this to other students. 

Testimonial 3 - Shaymah Alkhair, 2018 (Media in Communication & Journalism)

What did you gain from this subject?

HUMS 2000 was one of my favourite subjects thus far in my university journey. Not only did I gain career-related experience, but it was an introduction and insight into the workforce. I was able to develop key employability skills while observing the ways an organisation functions and manages interpersonal relationships. I recognised the importance of finding a workplace culture that aligns with your values and helps you grow.

What was the benefit of learning about the organisational theory?

The benefit of learning about organisational theory is the fact that it triggers analysis and reflection of the ways different organisations work. It helped me understand that people have different needs and are therefore motivated by different things. This also changes over time. It means organisations should generate their strengths and tools to build relations and fuel its capitalistic capabilities.

Was there a good link of the academic with the practical internship?

Definitely - the reading component works hand in hand with the practical internship. The hands-on experience alongside thought provoking content helped me better understand my surroundings in the workplace. 

Testimonial 4 - Eloise Ditchfield, 2018 (Media in PR & Advertising)

HUMS2000 was the perfect equilibrium of theoretical and practical learning! The course offers such a wide variety of relevant, contemporary literature on organisation structures, designs and functionings which could be applied to any modern workplace. Engaging in these theories impacted my internship experience significantly. It allowed me to become a proactive and engaged intern and learn about the operations of my host organisation on a business level. Having this extra dimension of insight was something I never expected out of my placement but truly valued from this experience. 

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