WIL programs

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.

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Program overview

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.


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.
Postgraduate programs
units are for students in postgraduate courses and are used as credit towards their studies.
The Big Idea
develop a concept and business plan that could potentially change the lives of thousands of disadvantaged Australians.
Whitehorse Tertiary Business Skills Program
gain practical hands-on business experience with Whitehorse City Council.
Accounting and Financial Planning Placement Program
for students looking to gain experience in a professional and real-work environment.

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.

MWL101 Personal Insight 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:

  • Log into Deakin University's job listings DeakinTALENT 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
  • DeakinTALENT website for jobs listing and internship opportunities
  • gradaustralia, 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.

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.

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 (PDF, 313.1 KB) for further information.


Please complete the Host Expression of Interest Form (PDF, 164.5 KB) if you are interested in hosting a student. email the form to the WIL team who will contact you to discuss your requirements.

How to find an intern

Deakin University's employment website advertises internship positions and hosts all career related resources.

Lodge your employment vacancies for free via the Unihub website. Unihub is accessed by our current students and recent graduates.
You can advertise part-time and casual jobs, tutoring roles, graduate and vacation programs, volunteer opportunities, internships and work experience.

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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.

Contact us

For more information and advice for students or hosts, please email or call us.

bl-wil@deakin.edu.au +61 3 9244 6555call
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