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An internship refers to a para-professional learning arrangement with an external organisation. It has specific outcomes attached to it for the student's course and skill development and involves meeting pre-requisite requirements and an application process.
An internship is not simply "work experience" - previous study in the relevant discipline is required for the placement. Each placement is carefully and individually planned by staff within the Faculty, and overseen by a dedicated academic supervisor. The internship culminates with a written report, which is combined with specific tasks monitored by a supervisor in the workplace.
At the conclusion of an internship, the student will have acquired new skills and have a broader knowledge base, which will benefit their future career pursuits. Students will gain important personal skills such as flexibility, awareness, maturity, tolerance and other specific workplace skills.
These opportunities provide graduates with a significant competitive edge in the job market.
Students undertaking an internship in 2012 may be eligible to apply for WIL(Work-Integrated Learning) Bursaries, which are funded under the Deakin University Partnership and Participation Program (DUPPP). WIL Bursaries provide financial assistance to students undertaking a discipline-specific internship as part of their degree. Please click here for further information and eligibility criteria.