Postgraduate Internship

Introduction: Transition to a career future

Program overview

The Postgraduate Internship (MPI700) is a 1 credit unit which enables motivated postgraduate students (for whom the unit is an option) to gain valuable workplace experience to enhance their resume, develop their employment prospects and explore new career directions within a wide range of organisations.

The unit provides the opportunity for students to seek an industry placement of their choosing and develop their professional experience and capabilities in an organisational context. The unit also provides an invaluable link between the student's academic learning and their transition into a new post-qualification career, at the same time creating real benefits for both the student and the host organisation.

While participating in the Postgraduate Internship, students spend a minimum of one day per week (minimum of 100 hours and maximum of 120 hours) throughout the trimester, working with the Unit Chair to provide guidance and help them link their practical work with the academic requirements of the unit. Internships can be project-based, or involve more general workplace exposure.

New developments: 2015

The postgraduate internship is now available in all three trimesters and can be undertake in Australia or overseas.

As a result of strengthened relationships with local industry and community groups, a number of internship opportunities for 2015 are currently being explored and negotiated. These are for example in areas of marketing and communications, festivals and events, promotions management, membership strategies, business planning, finance and business analytics, HR and business consulting.

Students are encouraged to visit the JobShop to seek assistance with resume writing, interview skills and placement opportunities. 

Consult the Postgraduate Internship Unit Guide for more details.


Postgraduate Internship is a high profile unit within the MBA, and offers several significant advantages to the student, the client organisation and the University.

For the host organisation

  • Access to the specific skills, abilities and knowledge of Deakin postgraduate students
  • The development of a mutually beneficial relationship between the student, organisation and University
  • No payment required by the business host organisation to the student
  • No insurance costs to the host organisation -Deakin University Public and Products Liability Insurance Policy covers students enrolled in Postgraduate Internships
  • Great PR potential for internal and external marketing purposes

For the student

  • Ability to apply their learning within a new professional organisation
  • Real work experience
  • A great addition to the resumé
  • Networking opportunities
  • Personal development opportunity towards the completion of their studies
  • An opportunity to evolve their career strengths and directions
  • Further development of skills and competencies including:
    • Verbal, written and presentation skills
    • Negotiation skills
    • Ability to work in a stakeholder environment

For Deakin University

The Postgraduate Internship also provides an opportunity for Deakin University to foster and strengthen its contacts with business, government and community organisations. The program also provides an opportunity for the University to showcase the skills and attributes of its postgraduate students.

Selection criteria

Before applying for the Postgraduate Internship, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a course for which Postgraduate Internship is a unit option;
  • Contact a student adviser at to ensure the Postgraduate Internship unit available in the course;
  • Have completed a minimum of six units prior to commencement of internship;
  • Achieve a consistent record of good academic performance over the course of their studies;
  • Be able to commit to at least 1 full day per week over the duration of the trimester;
  • Have prepared themselves by taking advantage of resumé and interview preparation resources available at JobShop;
  • Be self-motivated and possess good communication skills;
  • Have the necessary work permits to facilitate workplace-based learning.

Note: students cannot be enrolled into the unit until a placement is secured and approved by the Unit Chair.

How to apply

How it works: eligibility and application process

Students would normally commence a Postgraduate Internship in the final trimester of their degree, and must have completed six units of study at the commencement of the unit, having achieved strong grades throughout the course of their studies.

This unit is available for students enrolled in the following courses:

  • M705 Master of Commerce
  • M722 Master of Information Systems
  • M723 Master of International Business
  • M728 Master of Marketing (8 credit point course)
  • M731 MBA (International)
  • M735 Master of Arts and Entertainment Management (8 credit point course)
  • M782 Master of Human Resource Management

Students in some combined courses may also be eligible to enrol and should seek advice from a student adviser

Students who wish to enrol in the Postgraduate Internship but are not studying within one of these programs can apply to their course director to have the unit recognised within their course (this decision rests with your course director, not with the Unit Chair of Postgraduate Internship).

Before a student can enrol in the Postgraduate Internship, it is necessary to secure an internship placement and complete the application form (PDF, 521.8 KB)  and forward it to the WIL team Students meeting the relevant selection criteria will be invited to an interview to discuss the specifics of the placement, and the host organisation will be contacted to discuss the nature of the work to be undertaken. After a satisfactory review of the intended internship, permission to enrol in the unit will be granted.

Students should be aware, however, that securing a suitable placement is not possible in every case, and they should always have an alternative plan to enrol in other units if a Postgraduate Internship placement cannot be arranged. As a one credit unit, students will be expected to spend at least one full day per week over the course of the trimester working within the client organisation (minimum of 100 hours and maximum of 120 hours).

If application and placement is successful, the student will gain valuable industry experience while working within the organisation involving project work, general assistance or departmental support.


Think about Postgraduate Internship early. Ideally students should have an initial conversation with the Unit Chair one full Trimester before you intend to start. This is because the placement process can be complex and lengthy.

Securing an Internship

Generally, it is the student's responsibility to secure a placement, but support is available from the Jobshop to help students prepare for the application process. Sometimes the Unit Chair receives enquiries from organisations seeking interns and these will be communicated to potential candidates who match the skills and experience required. Students cannot undertake a Postgraduate Internship in their normal place of work, nor can they receive payment for their work from the host organisation over the course of the unit.

It is essential to get prepared before starting to apply, and to develop a clear strategy for contacting potential host organisations. Students must ensure they have a comprehensive and current resume, a compelling cover letter and that they are 'interview ready'. Deakin's Jobshop offers a comprehensive range of services to assist students with this.

Discuss your intended strategies with the Jobshop team and the Unit Chair at an early stage to increase your chances of success.

This letter of introduction (PDF, 143.3 KB) outlines the key aspects of the program. You can use it to accompany your applications.

Contact us

Work Integrated Learning team
Unit Chair: Steve Ogden-Barnes
Melbourne Burwood Campus (B): lb3.310

Faculty of Business and Law
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125

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