Internship process for students

An internship experience combines hands-on workplace experience with your discipline-specific skills, and earns academic credit towards your course. Arranging your internship involves three steps: preparing, securing, and registering.

1. Prepare

  • Complete the Pre-Internship Program in CloudDeakin

These compulsory modules are designed to prepare you for your internship experience: how to find the right placement, how to make a great first impression, and what your rights and responsibilities are as an intern. At your successful completion of the program, an automated email will be forwarded to you and the ArtsEd WIL team. If the Pre-Internship Program is not already appearing in your Sites, you will need to self-register.

To register for the ArtsEd Pre-Internship Program follow the below steps:

  1. Log into https://sync.deakin.edu.au
  2. Select the ‘Course Resources’ tab to the right of the MY LEARNING heading
  3. Click the ‘+ Add a resource’ button. This take you to the self-registration page in CloudDeakin.
  4. Select ‘ArtsEd Pre-Internship Program’ and follow prompt to register.

Go to CloudDeakin

  • Decide which internship unit is right for you (see end of page) and ensure your Course Map has space for this unit.

Speak to Course Adviser at Student Central on campus. Please note that you will not be able to enrol in your internship unit until your Internship Application has been approved (3. Register).

  • Chat with the ArtsEd WIL team, academics, professional and personal networks to identify opportunities

There are a world of resources available to help you identify internship opportunities:

Internship vacancies and career preparation workshops:Deakin Jobs and Internship Board
Enhance your professional profile: resume/CV, cover letter and interview support:DeakinTALENT
Career events, networking opportunities and student WIL experiences:ArtsEd WIL Blog: Get involved with WIL

2. Secure

  • Speak with potential host organisations and confirm your placement
  • Negotiate your tasks, goals, hours, and supervision arrangements
  • Securing your own placement is a fantastic opportunity to sharpen your networking skills.

When speaking with host organisations, please be mindful of your internship unit requirements as per the Handbook (see table below).

If a host organisation asks to speak with a Deakin University representative, the ArtsEd WIL team's details can be provided.

Insurance for internships
Your host organisation may have questions about insurance for you while you're completing your internship. Deakin University will provide insurance for you during your placement provided your placement has been approved by the university (3. Register).
Please see the Insurance for Students website for more information.


3. Register

  • Submit your completed Internship Application to the ArtsEd WIL team: artsed-wil@deakin.edu.au
  • Completed forms need to be submitted at least two (2) weeks before commencing placement.

Download: Internship Application

Students undertaking Global Volunteering Programs coordinator by Deakin complete Volunteer Placement Application

Incomplete forms cannot be approved, and all unapproved placements will be ineligible for insurance coverage or academic credit.

Once your application is approved:

The ArtsEd WIL team will email you a confirmation once your application and placemnt is approved. In this email you will be assigned an academic supervisor from your study area, insurance coverage for your placement will be confirmed and you will be able to enrol in your internship unit.

If your placement is occurring outside of Australia, the ArtsEd WIL team will assist in ensuring you meet Deakin University's risk management requirements.

Throughout placement:

Most of your time in your internship unit will be spent pursuing your placement under the guidance of your host organisation supervisor, however there are important academic requirements that you also need to satisfy.

Please make contact with your academic supervisor before you start your placement so that you are clear about available resources, additional support, and what to do if you have any problems during your placement. You also need to liaise with your academic supervisor to agree on the specifics of your assignments.

Support is available:

We hope you have a successful placement experience. However, sometimes situations don't always go to plan. If you encounter a situation which requires any support or guidance, your academic supervisor and the ArtsEd WIL team can be contacted anytime.


Funding your internship experience

Pursuing an internship regionally, interstate or overseas needn't break the bank: you could be eligible for financial assistance to help with travel, accommodation and program costs.

Financial assistance programs are available for local, interstate and international placements.

Visit Funding your WIL experience website for more information.


Undergraduate

Which unit is right for you?

Internship units have prerequisites and contact hour requirements. Please ensure you are familiar with the eligibility criteria detailed in the Handbook:

UNDERGRADUATE COMMUNICATION AND CREATIVE ARTS:

UNDERGRADUATE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES:

View postgradute units via the above tab selection.

Postgraduate

Which unit is right for you?

Internship units have prerequisites and contact hour requirements. Please ensure you are familiar with the eligibility criteria detailed in the Handbook:

View undergraduate units via the above tab selection.

'My internship gave me real life experience and insight into the industry I had been learning about over the years at university. It allowed me to put what I'd been studying into practice and develop knowledge and skills in a way that I wouldn't have been able to through studying alone.'


Georgie Wilson, Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations)

Advice and support

The ArtsEd WIL team are on hand to assist with every step of your internship experience.

Contact your ArtsEd WIL team

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