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 - This program is a business simulation (not an external internship) developed by industry professionals, and delivered entirely on campus. The unit has additional compulsory attendance (including week 1) requirements in order to achieve the business simulation. This program is designed to provide a simulated business experience, from initial recruitment phase, working within a team on a project developed by industry professionals, through to presentation of project outcomes to a board of management

ACME Trading Company

  • ACME Trading is a simulated company that provides the framework for this experience.
  • ACME is a mid-size importer of health foods and supplements. They supply products to both major supermarkets and other boutique health stores.
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Objectives

There are three key outcomes:

  • Students will develop their CV and professional digital footprint and have the know-how necessary to secure work.
  • Students will develop an increased awareness of what is expected of them in the work environment and what it takes to be successful.
  • Students will gain experience in completing a case study, business reports and presentations – often a requirement of current workplaces.

Requirements

Places in this unit are limited and preference will be given to MBA(I) and Master of Health (Business Administration) students. Please express your interest via the MWL701 web form.

  • In replicating a work environment, this unit requires students to conduct themselves in a professional manner, including wearing business attire and exhibiting appropriate workplace behaviours.
  • Students can apply for a range of positions such as finance and accounting, marketing, project lead and operations.
  • Students will be required to attend on-campus each Friday from 9am to 5pm, with some field work (off campus) also required.  This is a strict requirement of the unit, and non-attendance without prior approval will impact on unit completion requirements.

Find out more

Contact us

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

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