What is Community Internship 3002LFC?
Griffith University is committed to providing opportunities for students to have a work-integrated learning opportunity during their degree program. Community Internship is a 10CP free choice elective course. That means being able to do something for real in a community organisation to help you make sense of your academic learning and develop an understanding of how you can contribute to your community.
This course will be something you want to feature in your resume because of the personal and professional skills you will grow during your internship.
- 10 Credit Points
- Counts as a level 3 course - 3002LFC
- Free-choice elective
- 50 hrs (minimum) volunteering activity
- Structured activities, role, project work or research
Benefits for students
There are many benefits for you if you choose to do this course. Employers like to see experience in the real world on your resume. More importantly, most employers like to see that you are engaged in volunteering and are more of a 'well-rounded' person and not just interested in a narrow field of work. Volunteering also helps you to develop a range of personal and professional skills which make you a highly valued employee. For international students, it provides an excellent way to practice work-related English language skills.
- Real work experience for your resume
- Opportunity to volunteer
- Develop professional and personal skills
- Enhance your communication/English language skills
You enrol in Community Internship 3002LFC as you would for any other course - through the enrolment cart. You also have to register and select an internship.
What does 'free-choice' elective mean?
Your degree program contains "core" units that you must complete to get your degree. It also contains “elective” units and those elective units are listed within your program structure. Most (but not all) degree programs contain space for a 'free-choice' elective and you can choose those electives from a variety of programs in the university. 3002LFC is a 'free-choice' elective. It still costs the same as any other course in your degree, but it means that you can choose a course that isn't specifically from your discipline studies.
At the heart of this course is a minimum of 50 hrs volunteering in a community organisation. In addition, there is a shell course of on-line self-paced activities.
“I expected to learn and I expected to grow in my Community Internship but it was much more than I expected. I wasn’t expecting to see that my internship would make such an impact on a whole family’s circumstances and future. That impact has continued way past my internship. It was just fantastic. The internship also gave me an insight into how I want to operate as a professional in the future.”
Liz Wigan, Bachelor of Social Work (Logan)