Whitehorse Tertiary Business Skills Program

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

Whitehorse City Council

Applications are closed.

Hosted by Whitehorse Council's Business 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.

Beginning in early July and finishing in 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 be eligible to undertake these unpaid internship opportunities:  

To receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend four compulsory workshops and a pre-placement briefing as well as their weekly placement requirements.  Placements are expected to be undertaken on Wednesdays, however this is subject to final negotiations with the business involved.

Program Structure and WIL contact hours

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

The following is an indicative timetable for this program.  (This timetable is subject to change and/or confirmation).

28 February Expressions of interest open
30 April Expressions of interest close
Week of 1 May Eligible students attend a group screening session
8-19 May Shortlisted students attend an interview with businesses
Week ending 26 May Successful students notified (including name of host)
29 June Pre-placement Briefing hosted by Whitehorse City Council
3-7 July Week 1: Work one day per week
10-14 July Week 2: Work one day per week
17-21 July Week 3: Work one day per week
20 July Half day work, half day compulsory workshop (Workshop 1)
24-28 July Week 4: Work one day per week
31 July-4 August Week 5: Work one day per week
7-11 August Week 6: Work one day per week
10 August Half day work, half day compulsory workshop (Workshop 2)
14-18 August Week 7: Work one day per week
21-25 August Week 8: Work one day per week
28 August - 1 SeptemberWeek 9: Work one day per week
31 August Half day work, half day compulsory workshop (Workshop 3)
4-8 September Week 10: Work one day per week
11-15 September Week 11: Work one day per week
18-22 September Week 12: Work one day per week
22 September Certificate Presentation Evening

Questions and Answers

  • Are there any pre-requisites 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 should be eligible to enrol in MIS390 Business Internship A (or MIS391) and postgraduate students should be eligible to complete MPI700 Postgraduate Internship.
  • How will the program operate?
    Participants will be required to attend a weekly placement of approximately 8 hours in a local business. 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 come to class?
    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 Whitehorse City Council and Deakin University. 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?
    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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