Work integrated learning: WIL
Enhance your job prospects with real world experience and gain credit towards your degree
Work experience can make all the difference when you graduate and are applying for jobs. Work integrated learning (WIL) is an opportunity for you to gain work experience and credit towards your degree.
*Prior to exploring a WIL opportunity please make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for the unit.
| Business internships|
units are paid or unpaid placements with a general business or discipline focus. Internship units are suited to undergraduate students in their second or third year.
| Community based volunteering
are unpaid placements in not-for-profit, community or other approved organisations.
| Industry based learning|
units encourage a hands-on approach to learning and allow you to apply generic employability skills and capabilities in the area that you are majoring in.
| Work based learning|
units allow students to identify a business problem in their current place of employment, and be eligible for a credit toward their degree.
The Faculty of Business and Law offers several flexible WIL programs suitable for students in all disciplines and levels including those from other faculties.
Our flexible work integrated learning programs:
- prepare you for the day-to-day requirements of prospective employers
- develop your professional work practices and networks
- allow you to put your theoretical knowledge into practice
- provide credit towards your course
- assist you to become a more competitive graduate
Why get involved in WIL programs:
- Most WIL units require no formal class contact
- WIL programs can be completed in Australia or overseas
- Deakin has existing relationships with a wide variety of employers
- you can source your own placement
Have a chat to a course adviser about including a Business and Law WIL unit as an elective.
Information for students
Graduate recruiters are drawn to students who have participated in WIL units, as they recognise that you are work ready and are likely to be making informed decisions about your career choices.
How you can find a work placement
A valuable step in your personal development and work readiness is the ability to identify and approach potential employers and hosts. This can be a challenge, however is extremely valuable.
MMH299 Business Communication will be valuable in preparing you for this task.
To find a work integrated learning opportunity, identify the industry or community sector you want to work in. Below are a number of links for you to search for prospective employers, advertised positions and networking opportunities that can lead to placement.
- Deakin University's student employment website JobShop advertises internship positions.
- Visit the working, studying and volunteering overseas section of our website for international work experience opportunities.
- Join a professional association to connect with potential employers through careers events and mentoring programs.
- Attend Deakin's Volunteer Fair and research other opportunities to gain experience.
- Company and careers sites.
- Graduate Opportunities, Grad Connect and Univac guides are published annually. These list graduate employers with vacation programs, cadetships, cooperative schemes, scholarships and work experience programs. View these guides online or obtain a copy from the Jobshop office.
The Jobshop team produces an excellent booklet called Internships and Work Experience.
Work integrated learning units use customised assignment cover sheets. These are provided on CloudDeakin.
The student evaluation is completed using an online survey tool. Details are on CloudDeakin.
Information for businesses
Benefits to the host
Organisations participating in the Faculty of Business and Law WIL program benefit from:
- assistance of a motivated student who brings the latest theory, techniques and new ideas to the organisation
- support of the WIL staff and promotion of your organisation to students and the wider Deakin community
- many student participants in the WIL program return as graduates to their host
- students often assist on special projects
- a strategic partnership with Deakin and the Faculty of Business and Law
Projects of benefit or interest to the host can be undertaken at no direct cost with all final project reports made available after assessment. Projects are negotiable and students who make a general contribution (where no written report is required by the host) have the option of completing a Case Study report.
Please download the FAQ flyer for further information.
Deakin University's student employment website JobShop advertises internship positions. Advertising on this website is a free service to business hosts. The Jobshop also offers a full range of employment and placement services, which are available to any employer.
Business and community organisations considering hosting are encouraged to contact the WIL team to discuss the opportunity.
Hosts who take on an intern are required to evaluate their experience. This is done through an online survey tool. The link will be provided to you by your intern at the end of the work integrated learning experience.
This feedback is not used for student assessment. It is used to review and improve the experience for both host and student.
For more information and advise for students or hosts, please email or call us.
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