Postgraduate Work Integrated Learning

The Deakin Business School offers a range of Work Integrated Learning activities for credit to postgraduate students

Students help each other with a computerPostgraduate Work Integrated Learning (WIL) units are designed to encourage students to explore employability and career options in the context of their studies. The suite of offerings are designed to provide a personalised learning experience, and are differentiated to recognise the individual professional experiences and working history of postgraduate students. The units provide opportunities to:

  • Explore career options and establish professional networks
  • Leverage previous work experience and progress career development opportunities by demonstrating theoretical knowledge gained through study in a workplace setting
  • Develop and demonstrate employability skills 
  • Consolidate links between academic learning and post qualification careers
  • Work in multidisciplinary teams
  • Address real life industry problems formulated in collaboration with industry professionals
  • Network with alumni and industry professionals.

Business Practicum

MWL702 Business Practicum enables students to undertake individual internships in an approved host organisation:

Self-sourced:

  • 100-160 hours of work within a supervised placement
  • Internships must be of a high standard, and with organisations that are deemed suitable for the placement.

Sourcing an internship

  • Students are encouraged to source their individual internships through their own networks
  • Students are to negotiate a supervised placement of not less than one day per week
  • An internship may be project based, or may involve exposure to work practices commensurate with your course
  • Host organisations are usually organisations with more than five employees
  • Some opportunities are advertised on the DeakinTALENT website.

How to apply


    Application process has changed. You must now apply via InPlace.

    1. How do I log into InPlace?

      InPlace is separate to Cloud Deakin and Student Connect. Current Deakin students are able to access the InPlace website.

    2. Where do I get my InPlace username and password?

      Students use their current Deakin University username and password

    3. Do I need to submit any other documentation to complete my self-placement?

      Yes. Students are required to attach the Host form, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) questionnaire, and the Insurance Declaration form (DOCX, 136.1 KB) and a copy of their current resume to your application.

      If your placement is outside of Australia, you will need to complete the international OH&S form (DOCX, 122.9 KB) and include with your application.

    4. What happens once I submit my self-placement?

      The WIL team will assess your application and will notify you through InPlace on whether application has been ‘successful’ or not successful within five to ten business days.

    5. Why was my self-placement ‘not successful’?

      There are many reasons as to why a student’s self-placement was not successful. It can be as simple as the student has not attached all of the required documentation or has incorrectly filled out their self-placement.

      Details on the reasons as to why the application was unsuccessful are available through the ‘InPlace Self Placement Dropbox’.

      If the unsuccessful application details are more complex, students may have to talk to a WIL team member.


Team Internship

MWL703 Team Internship offers an opportunity for students to work in small teams while tackling real world issues.  Experiences may be located within industry or challenge based situations offered in collaboration with industry partners.

Enrolment is subject to an application process.

Work Based Learning

MWL704 Work Based Learning is designed for currently employed students.  It allows students to undertake a professional piece of work showcasing research, analytical and consultancy skills within their current work environment.  Once a business problem is identified, students can apply for academic approval to participate in this unit.

How to apply


    Application process has changed. You must now apply via InPlace.

    1. How do I log into InPlace?

      InPlace is separate to Cloud Deakin and Student Connect. Current Deakin students are able to access the InPlace website.

    2. Where do I get my InPlace username and password?

      Students use their current Deakin University username and password

    3. Do I need to submit any other documentation to complete my self-placement?

      Yes. Students are required to attach the Host form, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) questionnaire, and the Insurance Declaration form (DOCX, 136.1 KB) and a copy of their current resume to your application.

      If your placement is outside of Australia, you will need to complete the international OH&S form (DOCX, 122.9 KB) and include with your application.

    4. What happens once I submit my self-placement?

      The WIL team will assess your application and will notify you through InPlace on whether application has been ‘successful’ or not successful within five to ten business days.

    5. Why was my self-placement ‘not successful’?

      There are many reasons as to why a student’s self-placement was not successful. It can be as simple as the student has not attached all of the required documentation or has incorrectly filled out their self-placement.

      Details on the reasons as to why the application was unsuccessful are available through the ‘InPlace Self Placement Dropbox’.

      If the unsuccessful application details are more complex, students may have to talk to a WIL team member.


Business Internship Experience

MWL701 Business Internship Experience is a compulsory unit for MBA (I) students commencing their course from T3 2015 onwards.

MWL701 Business Internship Experience allows students to develop their experience, excellence or expertise within 3 learning streams. Each stream offers a hands on, practical experience designed for the application and integration of knowledge and skills achieved both within your formal learning and prior experiences. A number of options are available for students to choose from, allowing students to tailor their learning and development to best suit their individual needs:

Internships

  • 100-160 hours of work within a supervised placement, in an approved host organisation
  • Internships must be of a high standard, and with organisations that are deemed suitable for the placement.

Sourcing an internship

  • Students are encouraged to source their individual internships through their own networks
  • Students are to negotiate a supervised placement of not less than one day per week
  • An internship may be project based, or may involve exposure to work practices commensurate with your course
  • Host organisations are usually organisations with more than five employees
  • Some opportunities are advertised on the DeakinTALENT website.

Deakin Business School-sourced

  • Students may apply for supervised internship opportunities made available to the Deakin Business School by its industry partners
  • Advertised internships may have additional criteria determined by the industry partner (eg: preference for specific units of study, or set time frames the internship must be taken in), and will be the subject of a competitive selection process
  • See Current opportunities for available experiences and how to apply.

How to apply

  • Enrolment is subject to an application process
  • Students must have completed 6 credit points to be eligible to apply
  • Once you have secured an internship and confirmed your eligibility, complete the application form (PDF, 351.6 KB) with your host and email the completed form to bl-wil@deakin.edu.au. Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • You may be invited to an interview with the Work Integrated Learning Unit Chair to discuss the opportunity
  • If your internship is approved, you will receive an email (usually within ten working days) outlining the enrolment steps you need to complete prior to beginning your work based project.

Find out more

Contact us

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

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