Whitehorse Tertiary Business Skills Program

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Gain practical and hands-on business experience by participating in Deakin University and Whitehorse City Council's Tertiary Business Skills Program.

Hosted by Whitehorse Council's Investment and Economic Development Unit, the program is available for both undergraduate and postgraduate business students from Deakin Burwood Campus who are looking to apply their knowledge in the local business environment.

From early July through to September, participants will work one day per week in a business located in the Whitehorse Municipality.  A number of businesses will participate, offering experience in a range of disciplines relevant to your degree.

To undertake these unpaid internship opportunities:  

To receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend three compulsory workshops and a pre-placement briefing as well as the weekly placements.  Placements are expected to be undertaken on Wednesdays, however this is subject to negotiation with the businesses involved.

Program Structure and WIL contact hours

Students will be required to undertake work at the host business one day per week, attend a pre-placement briefing and complete three compulsory workshops.

Applications have now closed.

The following is the indicative timetable for the 2018 program. This timetable is subject to change and/or confirmation.

19 March 2018 Expressions of interest open
22 April 2018 Expressions of interest close
Week beginning 30 April Eligible students attend a group screening session
9-13 May Shortlisted students attend an interview with businesses
Week ending 25 May Successful students notified (including name of host)
27 June Pre-placement Briefing hosted by Whitehorse City Council
2-6 July Week    1: Work one day per week
9-13 July Week    2: Work one day per week
16-20 July Week    3: Work one day per week
18 July Half day work, half day compulsory workshop (Workshop 1)
23-27 July Week    4: Work one day per week
30 July-3 August Week    5: Work one day per week
6-10 August Week    6: Work one day per week
1 August Half day work, half day compulsory workshop (Workshop 2)
13-17 August Week    7: Work one day per week
20-24 August Week    8: Work one day per week
27-31 August Week    9: Work one day per week
5 September Half day work, half day compulsory workshop (Workshop 3)
3-7 September Week    10: Work one day per week
10-14 September Week    11: Work one day per week
17-21 September Week    12: Work one day per week
26 September Certificate Presentation Evening

Questions and Answers

  • Are there any prerequisites to joining the program?
    The program is aimed at students at Deakin University Burwood Campus who are completing their second year of studies and beyond, as well as students who reside within the Whitehorse Municipality.  Undergraduate students must be eligible to enrol in MWL303 Business Internship and postgraduate students must be eligible to enrol in MWL702 Business Practicum.
  • How will the program operate?
    Participants will be required to attend a weekly placement in a local business (approximately 8 hours per week over 12 weeks). Three compulsory workshops will be conducted at the Whitehorse City Council offices, Whitehorse Road Nunawading. These workshops will (as far as possible) be conducted on your usual placement day and contribute to the accumulation of hours to satisfy the requirements of the internship unit.
  • Will we be assessed?
    Yes. Once enrolled in the relevant unit you will then be assessed in the usual manner for these units (see Work Integrated Learning for more information).
  • Do I need to attend classes on campus?
    No. In addition to the placements formal learning will occur via the compulsory workshops hosted at the Whitehorse City Council Offices.
  • Which courses are eligible?
    Students across each of the discipline areas in the Faculty of Business and Law are encouraged to complete an expression of interest form. Business hosts are yet to be finalised, therefore the final opportunities will be directed to those students studying in the areas that businesses have requested.
  • What if the roles offered by host businesses don't match my degree?
    While every attempt will be made to place students, this can only occur where there is a corresponding business requirement. Lodging an expression of interest is no guarantee of selection or participation in the program.
  • Do I need to go to an interview?
    An interview process will be conducted by staff from both Deakin University and Whitehorse City Council. Students will also be required to attend an interview with a corresponding business. The application process will be finalised when businesses choose the right student for the role.
  • Will I receive guidance from Whitehorse City Council during the placement?
    Yes. A member of the Business an Economic Development Unit will coordinate the business hosts, and will be present at each of the workshops and other events surrounding this program.


Jack Donnelly

Bachelor of Commerce
Business Internship A - L’Oreal Australia
Business Internship B - International Needs Australia

'My first placement was at L’Oreal Australia where I undertook a marketing research project with four other Deakin students. It was great exposure and experience.'

Katarina Djordjic

Bachelor of Property and Real Estate
Business Internship
Stockdale & Leggo Blackburn

‘Through this elective I was able to experience the reality of working in the field which has led to a full- time position in real estate. I’m currently working in the residential field which is providing me with the practical experience.'

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