1 x 32-hour industry placement weekly
1 1 of AMST2002, GOVT2005
2 2 of AMST1002, AMST3013, POLI1003, GOVT1003, GOVT1001
2a GOVT1004 - Foundations in Political Systems and Institutions
Must Satisfy: (1 and (2 or 2a))
Other requirements
Topic approval is required for enrolment in this topic. Students should apply via lodging an Ask Flinders request.
Assumed knowledge
Students are required to have knowledge of American Studies and the Australian Political system.
Course context
Associated Majors: Politics
Assignments, Fieldwork and Project
Topic description
This topic consists of a ten week placement during semester in the U.S. Consulate-General Melbourne office. Students will be physically present in Melbourne outside of Flinders University teaching weeks. The placement will provide the student with a valuable educational and practical experience by assisting the US Consulate-General in accomplishing its mission goals. During the internship the students will pursue a project of interest to the internship provider and the student. This project will form the core of the assessment package attached to the topic. The aim of the internship is to establish, promote and maintain relationships between young Australian and Americans as each become leaders in their respective countries.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:
  1. 1. Introduce students to the operations of the US political system by work experience in a US Consulate office
  2. Develop an understanding of the various pressures that shape the policies of working politicians and administrators
  3. Sharpen research and reporting skills through working on applied projects as part of their involvement in the workings of their office.
  4. Understand how a US Consulate office operates within the Australian Political System.
  5. Consolidate students’ written and communication skills.
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students should be able to:
  1. Understand the specific characteristics of the work done by the office or unit to which they were assigned.
  2. Complete a satisfactory 4000 word paper based on that project.