WIL and Internships

Get career ready and build your professional network, while gaining course credit.

Internships are a unique opportunity for you to observe professional practice first hand, acquire professional networks, and gain a competitive edge in the job market.

An internship experience combines hands-on workplace experience with your discipline-specific skills, and earns academic credit towards your course. Arranging your internship involves three steps, preparing, securing, and registering.


  • 100 hours – 160 hours in length
  • usually unpaid
  • credit bearing, so you need space in your course to enroll in an internship unit
  • where the internship is unpaid Deakin University provides the required insurance cover
  • you can find internship opportunities listed on the DeakinTALENT Jobs and Internship Board or you can source your own
  • enhance and apply academic learning in the workplace
  • develop work readiness, generic business skills and graduate attributes that enhance future employment opportunities
  • develop your professional work practices and networks

Industry Based Learning (IBL)

  • Industry based learning (IBL) units encourage a hands-on approach to learning and allows you to apply generic employability skills and capabilities in the area that you are majoring in.
  • longer 3, 6 or 12 month paid placements, in a full-time capacity
  • paid approximately 80 per cent of a graduate salary
  • assist in the development of generic skills and, in particular, develop the key competencies of a lifelong learner
  • gain credit towards your course
  • develop your professional work practices and networks
  • most IBL opportunities are Faculty sourced with you applying via a competitive selection process
  • find IBL opportunities on the DeakinTALENT Jobs and Internship Board

Do you have a WIL or internship question or require more information?

Ensure your Course Map has space for you to enroll in an internship unit. Make an appointment with a Faculty Course Advisor to discuss this further.  If you do not have the capacity to undertake an internship unit for credit, consider volunteering and other opportunities like vacation programs to get experience and build skills

Also, please note laws around internships and work experience.

The DeakinTALENT Baseline Rubric is designed to screen for resumes that have the structure, format and presentation most employers require and does not reflect badly on the applicant. This resume review is for a generic resume that is not tailored for a specific role.  Find out more about the baseline resume review.

The review for job applications includes a resume and/or cover letter that is tailored for a specific role/industry or program. Students are advised to ensure they first start with a resume that meets baseline expectations before tailoring it for a specific employment opportunity. Find out more about the job application review.

It is essential to look at both advertised internships, as well as finding and approaching employers of interest directly. Please see a list (not extensive) below to find opportunities:

Approach employers directly:

In order to gain experience during your degree you will need to know how to approach employers and to successfully brand yourself to be competitive.

Write a proposal to submit to a prospective employer outlining what you would like to achieve in your placement and how you will contribute and add value to their organisation.

Once you get the go ahead from the employer, you will need to contact your faculty to get your internship approved. See your faculty’s WIL page for more information:

An internship is more than an excellent workplace experience. It’s the chance to make valuable industry connections and referees. Putting in that little bit of extra effort can make a big difference in how you’re viewed in the workplace.