Placement types

Are you unsure which placement to choose? Or would like to understand a little more about what is involved and required? Below provides an overview to help you.

Currently employed? How to qualify for a WIL placement (STP341, STP381 and STP301) with your current employer

Please consider the following:

  • Current employment can be used as the context for placement, however, you need to produce a current position description with a revised position description or a new project scope to justify that the work you will do for credit as part of the WIL unit is outside of your normal role
  • The WIL team will provide the forms required to then assess and approve your placement with your current employer
  • Your employer/boss would need to act as your industry supervisor and provide performance review feedback twice during your placement period
  • You will undertake 5 assessments that require you to reflect on your learning
  • You need to meet the unit requirements. Please refer to University Handbook for further details about the WIL units.
  • You need to complete the STP010 Introduction to Work Placements and the Pre-Placement Employability Modules on CloudDeakin prior to commencing a placement.
  • Access to the Pre-Placement Employability Modules is organised by the WIL Team

Placements available

Placement type and durationPre-requisites

STP301 Industry based Learning (IBL)

Discipline-specific, full time, paid placement:

  • 1 ½ months (30 working days)
  • 3 months (60 working days)
  • 6 months (120 working days)
  • 12 months (240 working days)

Opportunities are available in a range of organisations, such as the government and non-government sector, small or large companies and local or international companies.

  • Open to all undergraduate students enrolled in all Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment courses.
  • You must have completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements prior to the placement trimester
  • You must have completed the Pre-placement Employability Modules prior to the placement. Access for students to these online modules is via request.
  • You must have completed at least 12 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65% and;
    • 1 ½ and 3 month placements require one free elective
    • 6 month placements require two free electives
    • 12 month placements require three free electives

STP341 Career Placement

Generalist & non discipline/course-specific, internship role, short term, 112-120 hours, unpaid placement.

Must be taken over a minimum of a 4 week period (on average 28-30 hours per week) and a maximum of a 10 week period (11-12 hours per week).

The focus is on enhancing broad employability skills without a need to apply discipline/course-specific knowledge and skills. Examples of suitable placements:

See examples

  • A science student who wants to pursue veterinary and gets a job at a vet clinic in reception or an assistant – this student will be doing all kind of tasks – e.g. attending to customers, making appointments, cleaning, observing vets, etc.;
  • A student who currently works at Bunnings Warehouse (or another retail organisation in the garden section and wants to do some work (placement) at the paint section. – i.e. different products, customers and knowledge required;  
  • A student who works in hospitality – e.g. serving clients in a café, but wants to become a barista – i.e. student would spend time (placement) with the current barista to learn.
  • An IT student who doesn’t have a job and decides to get a part time role in e.g. an architect’s office as a receptionist or admin person.
  • Open to all undergraduate students enrolled in all Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment courses.
  • You must have completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements prior to the placement trimester
  • You must have completed the Pre-placement Employability Modules prior to the placement. Access for students to these online modules is via request.
  • You must have completed 6 credit points of study prior to the commencement of the placement with a minimum average of 50% and have at least one free elective in the degree.

STP381 STEM Placement

Discipline-specific, internship role, short term, 152-160 hours, unpaid placement.

Must be taken over a minimum of a 5 week period (on average 30-32 hours per week) and a maximum of a 10 week period (15-16 hours per week).

The focus is on enhancing and reshaping course knowledge and skills as well as developing competencies in a defined set of employability skills that are relevant to the profession.

Students must be mentored by an industry expert in their field of study so they can use their placement as context for integrating the material/concepts/skills and knowledge covered in the course, providing showcases of how their placement has equipped them for their next stage of study and the workforce.

  • Open to all undergraduate students enrolled in all Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment courses.
  • You must have completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements prior to the placement trimester
  • You must have completed the Pre-placement Employability Modules prior to the placement. Access for students to these online modules is via request.
  • You must have completed 8 credit points of study prior to the commencement of the placement with a minimum average of 50% and have at least one free elective in the degree.

SIT709 IT Internship

Discipline-specific, full time, unpaid placement of a minimum 100 hours and a maximum 160 hours (typically as a 4 week unpaid placement or as a 12 week unpaid placement)

  • This is only available to students in one of the following courses:  Master of Information Technology, Master of Information Technology (Professional), Master of Cyber Security or Master of Data Analytics
  • You must have completed STP710 Introduction to Work Placements prior to the placement trimester
  • You must have successfully completed 8 credit points of study at level 7 (SIT-coded units).

SIT791 Professional Practice

Discipline-specific, full time, paid placement of a minimum 60 working days to a maximum of 85 working days

  • This is only available to Master of Information Technology (Professional) students
  • You must have completed STP710 Introduction to Work Placements prior to the placement trimester
  • You must have completed 8 credit points of study at level 7 prior to the commencement of the placement with a minimum average of 70% and have at least four free electives in the degree.

Some Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment students have the opportunity to complete other placement units as part of their courses.

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