Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) enables you to incorporate a full or part time industry work placement as part of your degree and it’ll count as course credit. Not only will it prepare you for employment once you graduate but you’ll get first-hand industry insights and develop your professional network. WIL experiences are a key advantage on your resume.

Work integrated learning can be included in form of internships, community volunteering or workplace opportunities – within Australia or overseas – and gain credit towards your degree.

What are the benefits of workplace learning?

Getting the chance to work in industry while you’re still studying will help you to:

  • you'll get first-rate experience in your profession and the skills to help you succeed in your career
  • apply and consolidate knowledge gained in your course
  • gain credit towards your degree
  • bridge the gap between theory and practice in your field
  • experience workplace and industry culture
  • explore career options relevant to your discipline
  • develop professional work practices and networks
  • be work ready when you finish your studies
  • have an edge in the job-seeking market.

What types of work integrated learning opportunities are available?

Deakin University offers a number of different work integrated learning opportunities to its students.  These include:

  1. Work-based learning

    This initiative lets you tackle a ‘real world’ problem where you currently work and:

    • enhances your academic learning in the workplace
    • gives employers access to the latest in academic knowledge and skills through their employee
    • develops your sense of citizenship, knowledge and skills to succeed in a professional setting.
  2. Industry-based learning

    Get involved with these full-time, intensive placements to help shape your career. You can choose a 3, 6 or 12 month paid placement, where you'll get roughly 80 per cent of a graduate salary.

    The program helps you:

    • develop the professional skills you'll need in your career
    • develop your professional work practices and networks
    • secure an opportunity in the government or non-government sector – from local companies to international businesses.
  3. Placements / Internships

    Get out of the classroom and experience real-world business practice first hand. You'll also get to network with professionals in the field you're interested in.

    The program:

    • helps you apply academic learning in the workplace
    • polishes the skills and attributes needed for success
    • improves your work readiness and general skills to help with future employment opportunities
    • provides assistance to not-for-profit organisations that wouldn't otherwise be supported in this way
    • develops your professional work practices and networks.

  4. Community-based volunteering

    Get a hands-on approach to learning by taking on an unpaid placement in a not-for-profit, community organisation. Choose to volunteer locally at a nearby hospital or travel overseas to somewhere like Kathmandu or Africa – the possibilities are endless.

    Community based volunteering helps you:

    • give support to organisations that can help people locally and abroad
    • develop citizenship, general employability skills and graduate attributes that enhance your future employment opportunities
    • appreciate the impact of your role in society.
  5. Interns@Deakin

    Interns@Deakin is a work-experience program run by DeakinTALENT which provides students with the opportunity to undertake professional work experience within the University.

    The skills and experiences you develop in a professional work environment are extremely important as you search for that future graduate role – so why not study and complete an internship at Deakin?

    Find out more and apply for the program through the DeakinTALENT website and please direct enquiries to:

  6. International Internships
  7. Depending on your course, you may also have the chance to undertake an international internship. These are usually intensive and can be done on your own or as part of a team.

    Learn more about international internship opportunities

Further Information

For further information on Work Integrated Learning go to or to find out what opportunities are available in your Faculty of Health course, please contact Health Student and Academic Services

Phone: 03 9251 7777

Burwood - Building Y, 1.01
Waurn Ponds - REACH Building, dd2.125
Warrnambool - H1.40
Waterfront - Student Central, John Hay Building D, Level 2

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