Under Australian Law, unpaid placements/internships are not allowed unless they are for credit towards your course or if it is for a not-for-profit organisation.
Please contact relevant the faculty (see below for more details) for information on the maximum allowable duration for an unpaid placement.
For more information, please see Fair Work Ombudsman – Work Experience & 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.
The 1-2-3 of Work integrated learning placements
Gaining work experience is one of the most important things you can do to secure graduate employment. As a Deakin student you are able to undertake a professional work experience placement as part of you degree through our work integrated learning (WIL) programs. Apart from developing work-readiness, WIL placements give you the opportunity to develop professional networks, broaden your career exploration and find mentors, referees and role models. Given that a majority of jobs are found through professional networks, the professional connections made during a placement are invaluable.
There are a range of WIL options at Deakin, and it is essential you know how a WIL placement fits in your degree. By referring to your course rules, you might discover you have one or more WIL ‘Internship’, ‘Placement’ or ‘Practicum’ units that are core units in your degree and are arranged for you by your Faculty. These are typically found in vocational courses such as Teaching or Nursing.
Alternatively you might have core WIL placement units in your degree that require you to find your own placement, or you might have open electives in your degree that give you the opportunity to fit as many WIL placements as you’d like to complete.
A WIL Placement Must be Linked to a Unit as a Core or Elective Unit
Find Your Placement
The nature of the work undertaken on a placement can be discipline focused or generic but it must be authentic work that develops you as a professional. Professional work-readiness is essential for graduate employment and best developed in the workplace so a generic placement that enables you to apply and build the transferable skills developed in your course delivers a long-term return.
Other factors to consider are whether or not you would have client or stakeholder engagement as part of your role, and whether you would work as part of a team. Both develop skills and experience that are valued by employers.
If your placement is a course requirement, the nature of the work undertaken will be specified. If you are undertaking the WIL placement as an elective you may have more flexibility but the work must still meet the requirements of the chosen WIL unit.