Work-integrated learning

Enhance your job prospects with real-world experience and gain credit towards your degree at the same time. 

Work-integrated learning and internships can make all the difference when you graduate and apply for jobs – putting you well ahead of other candidates. 

We have a range of work integrated learning opportunities available for our students.


Work-integrated learning in business and law courses at Deakin

Find out how work experience can make all the difference when you graduate and start applying for jobs.

Community-based volunteering

These internships are unpaid placements in not-for-profit, community organisations. Get involved to understand the impact you can make in society through a range of opportunities including:

  • assisting in a remote village in India
  • going to Kathmandu and volunteering at the Tilganga Eye Centre
  • volunteering at your local Red Cross, hospital, St Vincent de Paul or other not-for-profit organisation.

Industry-based learning

Take part in a three, six or 12 month paid placement in a full-time capacity to help direct your career. These high-quality, intensive placements pay approximately 80 per cent of a graduate salary and help to develop your professional work practices, skills and knowledge.

You could work in:

  • the government or non-government sector
  • small to large companies
  • local and international companies.

Work-based learning

This unit lets students identify a business problem in their current place of employment, and apply coursework theories and practices. Specifically, it will help you to:

  • develop academic learning in the workplace
  • critically appraise and demonstrate specific knowledge and skills in a professional setting
  • enhance your learning and skills to help with your future employment.

Legal internships

Our legal internships help you understand certain aspects of legal practice and deepen your theoretical knowledge and critical thinking skills while working in a legal environment. 

During your legal placement you’ll get experience in these areas of legal practice:  

  • taking instructions and client interviewing
  • fact finding
  • alternative dispute resolution and negotiation
  • providing advice and counselling of a legal nature
  • legal research and problem-solving
  • the litigation process
  • advocacy.

At the end of the internship, you’ll gain one credit point towards your degree and 15 days towards your professional experience requirements.

I have just completed my placement at the GVCLC and, at the risk of sounding repetitive and cliché, it really was an enriching, eye opening experience.

Christine Mellino

Bachelor of Arts/Bachleor of Laws