Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Monash Passport categoryInternship (Act Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Remy Davison


This unit provides first-hand experience of US Congressional structures and processes via a full-time 9-week internship in Washington, D.C. It directly assists students focusing upon US public policy and the US's international relations to develop their understanding and skills. Entry is highly competitive; places are strictly limited; and selection will be based primarily upon academic merit. Students will work under the overall supervision of a responsible senior Congressional official within the office of a U.S. Member of the House of Representatives or the Senate.


  1. Students who complete this internship successfully will gain first-hand experience of US Congressional structures and processes via a full-time 9-week internship in Washington, D.C.
  2. students will develop their understanding of US public policy.
  3. students will become acquainted with the structures and processes of contemporary US government.
  4. students will comprehend the nature of American public policy research and reporting.
  5. students will gain direct exposure to the legal, financial and political reporting requirements associated with public policy implementation.
  6. students will gain an understanding of the social, cultural and ethical objectives and implications associated with public policy implementation.


US public policy research report(3000 words): 65%
Reflective essay on the internship experience, based upon obligatory weekly journal note-keeping (1500 words): 35%

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Off-campus attendance requirements

Students are based in Washington D.C. full-time for 9 weeks (January - March). Students are expected to undertake an additional 5 hours of private study per week in addition to the internship.

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96 credit points within the Faculty of Arts. Unit available to third-year level students only.