Work integrated learning: 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.
  • Deakin's volunteer expo.
  • Company and careers sites.
  • Graduate Opportunities, Unigrad 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 Careers office.

The Deakin Careers unit produces an excellent booklet called Internships and Work Experience.

How to apply

Resources for enrolled students


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.

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