Work experience

Our Work Integrated Learning (WIL), internship programs and work placement programs help you develop valuable skills and build professional networks, making it easier to find work at the completion of your degree.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
Preparing students for graduate employment

Deakin's Work Integrated learning (WIL) program gives students the opportunity to undertake a discipline specific work placement as part of their degree, and have units credited towards their course.

This provides a great opportunity to apply and consolidate knowledge gained in coursework, experience workplace culture, and develop professional networks. International opportunities also exist.

Graduate recruiters also place a premium on students who have participated in WIL programs as they recognise that these students are work-ready and more likely to be making an informed decision about their career choice.

More information

Contact the Careers and Employment Team, and review the information provided below.

WIL programs available

Faculty of Arts and Education

Opportunities include:

  • Bachelor of International Studies internship
  • United States Congress Internships
  • In-Country Language programs
  • School of Education's Global Experience Program.

Faculty of Business and Law

Opportunities include:

Undergraduate students

  • Community-based volunteering
  • Business internships
  • Work-based learning
  • Industry Based Learning

Postgraduate students

  • Insurance and Risk Management Practicum
  • MBA Business Practicum
  • Postgraduate Internship

Faculty of Health

Work experience is an integral part of many Deakin Health degrees. These work placements are organised by Deakin and embedded into many courses/study areas including nursing, occupational therapy, social work, psychology, exercise science, nutrition, public health and health promotion, medicine and optometry.

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Opportunities include:

  • paid industry-based learning of 3 to 12 months duration in IT, Science and Engineering.
  • internships of 100 hours duration in IT
  • internships can be completed in Australia and overseas.

The Higher Education Participation and Partnership Programme (HEPP) supports the government's 2020 ambition to have 20 per cent of domestic undergraduate university enrolments comprise of people from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds. HEPP aims to increase the number of students from low SES backgrounds accessing and participating in Higher Education.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Support Bursaries fall under the HEPP and aims to encourage and provide financial support to low SES students to participate and complete a WIL unit that is credited towards a student's course. This initiative was created to improve the participation rates of low SES students in WIL placements allowing students to gain practical experience in the workplace related to their career goals.
For the purpose of the WIL Support Bursaries, low SES is defined into two components as outlined below and a student may fall into one or both of these categories:

For the purpose of the WIL Support Bursaries, low SES is defined into two components as outlined below and a student may fall into one or both of these categories:

  • A domestic undergraduate enrolled student whose home address is in a low socio-economic Census Collection District (CD) based on the SEIFA (Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas Education and Occupation Index); and/or
  • A recipient of selected Centrelink student income support payments in relation to the following payment types: (currently)
    • Dependent Youth Allowance (full time students)
    • ABSTUDY (Living Allowance)
    • Austudy
    • Pensioner Education Supplement
    • ASTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement; and
    • ABSTUDY Away from base assistance

Apply now

If you feel that you may be eligible to receive the WIL Support Bursary here is your chance to apply for up to $2,000 to assist you complete your WIL placement.

Please note that the amount of the WIL Support Bursary payment you will receive, if eligible, depends on the minimum number of hours (weeks) required by the WIL unit. The WIL Bursary payment will also vary dependent on the location of the placement and the potential need to relocate (interstate, intra-state or overseas). In 2013 the Bursary payments varied from $600 to a top limit of $2,500.

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