Humanities and Social Science placement: local and global careers

Take a Local Internship or a Virtual Global Experience with HUMA2000

HUMA2000 is a placement course that allows you to take a local placement of 80 hours (including a supervised project of benefit to the host organisation); or a virtual internship (going global online!); or an online language course through an approved provider.

Students contact their prospective host or provider to discuss the shape of their placement; enrol in the course and complete an online Expression of Interest (outlining their plans and goals); attend a pre-placement induction workshop; and complete reflective assessments for HUMA2000 (including a reflective journal/report and a video presentation).

What are my options?

GLOBAL: Check out the options available through these providers for virtual internships (so far HUMA2000 students have worked on online projects to do with education in Fiji, and screenwriting in South Africa):

For the Summer Term intake (2022), NCP grants are available to cover the provider fees for the CIS virtual internships in Japan or China. For details, click HERE

Virtual Internships are a great opportunity to gain professional experience in your chosen field (or even to explore something new) and work with an intercultural team at an international company.

Physical travel may be restricted but international opportunities remain open to you - right now - through these pre-approved internships and experiences.

Currently studying a language? You are welcome to undertake international virtual language and area studies as part of HUMA2000. See, for example, the Kobe Japanese Program.

LOCAL: It is also possible to choose a local placement or internship with HUMA2000. Check out some of the great opportunities currently available:

  • Newcastle Museum
  • The Special Projects Officer (Collections and Curatorial) will work as part of the Newcastle Museum collections team on specific changing projects. As the successful candidate you’ll be tasked with the annual focus of the position. Reporting to the Curator and working with the Registrar, you could be tasked to identify objects suitable for display, update collection records in the museum’s database KEMu, photograph collection elements to minimum data standards, write the text for theme panels, curate and create social media, object labels and promotional copy for print and digital media. You will contribute curatorial oversight or collection support. You will also liaise with the Audience Engagement team to help them produce engaging programming that authentically communicates to a diverse audience. To apply for this placement opportunity, please consult the position description and contact Curator David Hampton.

  • Newcastle Writers Festival
  • The annual event has adapted in response to COVID-19 and is now offering year-round programming. Our purpose is to create a strong cultural program that is bold, diverse, and inclusive. We connect the work of local, national, and international artists with our audience, stimulate community engagement, and celebrate the transformative power of literature. There are two placements available in 2022:

  • Digital Producer (with Newcastle Writers Festival, which will be held April 1-3). Assist our Digital Manager to create engaging content in the lead up to the event. This will include coordination and editing of video content, including interviews with key artists to be shared on the festival’s social media channels. It is expected that you will deliver video content that is timely, relevant, and visually arresting. You will be an integral part of editorial discussions and have a commitment to accuracy. This role will require up to 10 hours a week from January 10 until March 4.
  • Event Producer (with the Fresh Ink Emerging Writers Program, which will be held in September). Assist our Festival Director to curate and present a one-day program featuring up to 10 events. Further develop your curatorial and event management skills to help shape the second year of this program, including session themes, guest artists, and logistics. You will be a passionate reader and ideally an emerging writer with strong organisational skills and attention to detail. This role will require up to 10 hours a week from July 1 to September 16.
  • To apply for either position, please contact the Director of the NWF, Rosemarie Milsom.

  • Lighthouse Arts

    3 placements are available at Lighthouse Arts, a new multi-arts initiative at the cottages on Nobbys-Whibayganba headland. Everyone knows Nobbys Lighthouse. The lighthouse cottages have been vacant for a number of years but now we are ready to open them. There are a number of stages to Lighthouse Arts: providing studio spaces for writers, artists, musicians; a gallery and gallery trading store; writing social media content and blogging; learning arts administration first-hand - from paperwork to policies. Please note: there is free parking at Nobbys carpark then a 750 metre walk to the Lighthouse cottages – the last 200 metres is steep. The project is managed by Hunter Writers Centre. Contact HWC Director Karen Crofts directly. This experience would require commitment to a set number of days, corresponding to 80 hours. Days available: Tuesday to Friday. Weekends also possible – please discuss. 6 hours per day.

  • UON GLAMx Lab
  • A team within the University’s Special Collections focusing on conservation, archival science, librarianship, digitization, metadata and data management, curatorial and digital heritage sectors. Students will be working on collections-related projects including, for example, digital mapping, oral histories and community stories, online curation, culture-themed podcasts, digitisation and 3D scanning projects, research and curation of archival film footage. If you’re interested in this opportunity, please see the list of current projects and contact Ann Hardy or Gionni Di Gravio directly.

  • Puncher & Wattmann

    Up to 2 placements are available at Newcastle-based independent publishing company Puncher & Wattmann. Students will be working with press staff on day-to-day administrative tasks, focusing on using social media for marketing purposes, with the potential to undertake typesetting and/or basic book design depending on the student's level of experience. Other tasks involve curating the website, proof-reading, typesetting, cover design, preparation of AI sheets and basic PR administration, assisting with postage and stock management. For more information, please contact David Musgrave.

  • The Lock-Up
  • One placement is available at The Lock-Up to work with our small team, recording and researching the unique site of the 18th Century Police Station and lock-up, which now operates as a contemporary art gallery. This student will utilise other local institutions, such as the Newcastle Museum, and Newcastle Library Collections to thoroughly develop this information into an engaging tour that our 20+ volunteers work force can deliver to our audiences. This updated research project will also feature on The Lock-Up’s website and will feed into the basis for a commission of a new digital work, which will be developed by an Australian artist and presented online. Contact person: Courtney Novak, Artistic Director.

  • University Library’s Special Collections

    Up to 2 placements are available at the University Library’s Special Collections. Students will be working with library staff on either the Fraternal Societies or the Vice-Chancellor Portraits collection. Tasks involve researching the collection and curating information. For more information, please contact Amir Moghadam.

  • Hunter Writers Centre
  • At the Hunter Writers Centre, we provide our 300+ membership with writing groups, literary competitions, studio, exhibition and events spaces, and an arts trading store to sell their books. We’re seeking placement students to assist with a range of activities from organising live events, fundraisers and exhibitions to researching the Nobby-Whibayganba site, preparing promotional material and interviewing writers-in-residence; there will also be some light ‘site hand’ tasks. There is the opportunity to complete some of your internship hours on weekends as Lighthouse Arts operates Tuesday-Sunday. We are seeking enthusiastic people who are keen to help build a community for arts and culture. Contact: Karen Crofts, Director, Hunter Writers Centre via

  • Loud Sky project

    Up to 5 placements are available for students to assist with the Loud Sky project, which is an art exhibition at the Lock Up that focuses on stories of survival from those who experienced child sexual abuse in the Christian churches across the Hunter region. The work will include research into the history and narratives of church based institutional child sexual abuse in the Hunter region; preparation of the exhibits of Timeline Room and working with GlamX and cultural collections on TV exhibits; working with survivors on a photo exhibition. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Kathleen McPhillips

  • 16 Days of Activism

    Up to 5 placements are available with the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence campaign, run by the Gender Research Network at the University of Newcastle ( We welcome inquiries from students in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Social Work, Creative Industries, Law, Education, Business, Politics, and Public Health.  Some of the topics we will be looking at this year include young people, sexuality, and consent; the roles men can play in preventing violence against women; the City Lights for Social Change project; Indigenous Women’s Experiences of Domestic Violence and women and homelessness. Students will have opportunities to work in the following areas: research, event planning and management, community outreach, website development, communications and promotion, arts-based activism, and project design and evaluation. Please email Dr Patricia Pender for further information.

You can also find and negotiate your own local placement of 80 hours, including a host-supervised project of benefit to the host organisation. Why not contact a local theatre / design studio / writers' festival / organisation of your choice and enquire as to the possibility of being host-supervised for an 80 hour placement?

Don't let closed borders stop you from having a virtual or local adventure in 2022!

Sounds amazing! Am I eligible?

It is recommended that you have completed, or are currently completing, at least 80 units of study. You also need sufficient elective space in your program. Please check your completed and current enrolment against your relevant program plan, located in your program handbook, then contact your Student Progress Advisor to confirm your eligibility to enrol in HUMA2000.

What steps do I need to take?

1) confirm your eligibility with your Student Progress Advisor (

2) contact the global provider or local organisation of your choice to ascertain whether they are willing to host you and discuss the shape of your placement (your role, tasks/project, dates and times). After this, you may

3) enrol in HUMA2000 and

4) fill in the HUMA2000 Expression of Interest form.

The closing date for Expression of Interest submissions for the Summer Term 2022 enrolment is 7 January 2022. Earlier submissions are encouraged!


How do I organise my activity?

HUMA2000 is a student-driven course, meaning students gain access to this course via individual initiative. Students are expected to organise their own virtual internship or local placement. It is the student's responsibility to provide the Course Coordinator with a written brief of their proposed activity for formal approval, before commencing this course, by submitting an expression of interest form.

Students will need to apply directly to the external provider / company / institution and make all necessary arrangements to complete the virtual internship or local placement.

On commencing this course, but before undertaking your activity, you will need to complete an online induction tutorial. Once you have completed your virtual internship or local placement, you will be required to submit a reflective journal/report and a video presentation about your experience in order to pass the course.

Do I have to pay?

Students will be required to cover the course cost of HUMA2000 (10 units).

Students will also be required to meet all costs incurred for their experience including payment to an external provider / institution / company if applicable.

Where can I find out more?

For more information on HUMA2000, please read the course outline or email

For information about virtual internships and global experiences, find out more from the Global Experience team:

When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1:30pm - 3.30pm
Over the phone - Click here to book an appointment.

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