Humanities and Social Science placement: local and global careers

Take a Virtual Global Experience - or Local Internship - in Semester 1 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):

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.

  • A number of placements are available as part of a new multi-arts project in Newcastle associated with the Hunter Writers Centre (contact HWC Director and project leader Karen Crofts directly). This placement involves establishing a new gallery trading store (selling works by the creative communities of Newcastle), studio spaces for writers, artists, musicians and more; writing social media content and blogging; learning arts administration first hand - from paperwork to policies. This experience would require commitment to a set number of days, corresponding to 80 hours.
  • Placements are also available at the UON GLAMx Lab – a team within the University’s Cultural 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 contact Ann Hardy or Gionni Di Gravio directly.
  • 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 2021!

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 in writing 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 Semester 1 enrolment is 10 February 2021. 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, a University of Newcastle Tuition Fee (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 and 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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