The DeakinTALENT FreelancingHUB is an exciting and innovative work-integrated learning initiative designed to develop work-ready graduates. The FreelancingHUB offers group-based internship placements within a cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural teams developing a solution for a not-for-profit or community organisation. In addition to developing key employability skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking, the HUB gives interns an opportunity to explore working-for-self as a professional in the Gig economy as well as experience the shared economy of co-located work places.

Each Trimester the DeakinTALENT FreelancingHUB hosts a range of projects for community organisations, not-for-profits and social enterprises to give students the opportunity to undertake an internship as a freelancer working as part of a team to deliver an impactful outcome for their clients. Each project team is assigned an experienced mentor and project manager, and regular client interaction is facilitated by the FreelancingHUB. Internship placements are open to students across all study areas and Campuses including the Cloud.

To be eligible for an internship placement within the FreelancingHUB you need to have completed at least 6 units/credit points of study and have an elective available to fit a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) unit. 

If you are a first-year student contact us to find out about reserving a spot for this opportunity in your course plan.



Below are examples of the projects that we have for run through the Deakin FreelancingHUB. The clients change each trimester, but this will give you a taste of the type of projects on offer.

Create a Fundraising Blueprint

Create a Blueprint for a not-for-profit organisation for a major fundraising initiative that also educates on the plight of those people the organization supports. Strong Marketing and PR skills are needed along with IT Skills to investigate how this initiative can be expanded to a wider community.

Design and Implement a Customer Relationship Management System

Design and implement a Customer Relationship Management System for a not-for-profit organisation that wants to increase their revenue outside of their traditional method.

Create a Communications Plan

A communication plan that has a focus on Social Media and community engagement for a small community shopping centre.

Develop a Business Plan and Implement a Communication Strategy

Develop a business plan and implement a communication strategy for a community sports club. This project had the support of a larger governing body that is activley involved with the project.

Student Testimonials 

“At a normal internship you have to work alone but at the Hub you get to work in this really great group with other students from all different faculties. You learn a lot from the other people in your group. It was a very intensive 12 weeks of work. I learnt lots of new skills and made some professional contacts. It was hard work but it was very worthwhile and I’m lucky to have had this experience. ”

Elyse, Eildon Park Tennis Club project

“I enjoyed receiving constructive feedback every week from my supervisors and going back with that information as a team to resolve them collaborately as one team. The skills that I was able to strengthen and gain from my Freelancing Hub experience will definitely influence my ability to make decisions in the Industry.”

Fou, MAD Foundation project

For more information on the FreelancingHUB Program