Student information and resources

Am I eligible? How do I take part in the program?

To check eligibility to take part in the WIL program, and to express your interest

Important placement information

View important placement information (PDF, 85.4 KB) for insurance, contracts, supervision, enrolment and assessments information.

Please contact the Program Manager with any further enquiries.

As an undergraduate WIL student, you will be required to complete the unit STP010:

Your obligations

As a WIL student, you are expected to take full responsibility for your professional outcomes as well as meet your obligations as a Deakin student. Whilst you are on a placement, you remain accountable for your actions.

For more information, please view student obligations and guidelines (PDF, 84.7 KB)

Information about STP010 Introduction to WIL Placements

This unit only needs to be completed by undergraduate students.

This unit aims to prepare undergraduate students for work placements opportunities during their degrees.

This is a 0 credit point unit delivered via CloudDeakin and should take no more than 4-6 hours to complete.

Students must complete and pass this unit as it is a prerequisite for all placement units (professional practice, internship, and industry based learning).

You will enrol in the STP010 Introduction to Work Placements unit via StudentConnect.

If you have any queries regarding completion of this unit, please contact

STP010 is structured into 4 modules:

  • Module 1 - Work Placement Opportunities: identifying different types of work opportunities and explaining why it's important to plan for a placement that will count as a credit point in the degree
  • Module 2 - Career Planning: career goals and how to plan in order to achieve these. Techniques of career planning, how to create career action plan, how to build a resume and how to create an e-portfolio in CloudDeakin
  • Module 3 - Professionalism: recognising professionalism on the workplace
  • Module 4 - Searching for a Placement: tips on employment opportunities searching which will assist the students to secure a placement during the degree

Finding Placement Opportunities

The aim of both WIL placements is to give you graduate-level work consisting of a variety of tasks with varying learning objectives and challenges as well as the opportunity to work within a team.

WIL placements are either sourced by you or the faculty. Finding your own host organisation to undertake an IBL or Internship is not to dissimilar in finding employment after graduation. You need to create an application which includes a cover letter and resume.

There are two ways in which IBL and Internship placements can occur:

1. Sourced by you

You find a placement by yourself (e.g. Deakin Jobshop, web search, direct contacts, etc.). View a list of suggested employers (PDF, 94.5 KB)

  • If you find a placement, you must meet the WIL Program requirements.
  • You must contact the Faculty WIL team to seek placement approval. Approval is mandatory before placement starts.
  • An agreement between the Faculty and the host organisation will be put in place before the placement is approved.
  • Placements cannot be approved retrospectively.
  • You only become part of WIL Program once the placement is approved.

Note: You should not expect the Faculty to process and approve placements in short periods of time. You should be aware of enrolment and Census dates.

2. Sourced by the faculty

The faculty does not search for placements for students. A limited number of both IBL and Internship placements are offered directly to the Faculty each trimester.

The Faculty processes the WIL placement opportunities as followed:

  • Advertising the placements via Deakin email to all students who have submitted an Expression of Interest form, found in the WIL Student Starter Pack (PDF, 517.1 KB)
  • Students submit an application to the Faculty. Application to include:
  • cover letter
  • professional resume
  • placement key selection criteria
  • Faculty shortlists and meets with candidates. Criteria:
    • Application quality
    • WAM (Weighted Average Mark)
    • suitability to the position
  • Shortlisted students attend an interview with the host organisation.

Note: host organisations have complete discretion in selecting a suitable candidate.

Your Resume

A successful resume is a tool used to self-market yourself to get an interview. When taking part in the WIL Program, you will need to have a resume.

Find out more about resume's

Resumes should highlight your strengths and achievements but also be concise and to the point (up to 3 pages).

It should also address the needs and expectations of the organisation you wish to work for, whilst demonstrating your skills, expertise and accomplishments.

Your resume should include:

  • Personal Details
  • Career Objective/Personal Statement
  • Educational and academic qualifications
  • Technical Skills and Abilities
  • Employment History (including volunteer work).
  • Professional development
  • Professional memberships
  • Hobbies and/or Interests
  • Referees

We recomment that you use the online Resume builder. Additional useful information and resources are available on the Careers and Employment website.

WIL Scholarships

Deakin University offers students a limited number of bursaries when undertaking a WIL placement as part of your degree to provide financial assistance.

Find out more about scholarships

This program is designed to support students who undertake a discipline specific placement as part of their degree, and in particular, to help reduce financial barriers to gaining discipline specific work experience. Students are required to enrol in a placement unit corresponding to their degree before undertaking the placement. A placement unit refers to industry-based learning, internships, professional practice, clinical practicum, etc.

WIL Support Bursaries are only available to students who plan to undertake a work placement as part of a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Program that is linked to their course and who are experiencing financial difficulty.

For information on how to apply including 2015 application dates, please refer to WIL Support Bursaries

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