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WIL Support Bursaries

Applications for the 2014 WIL Support Bursaries Program are now open.

Applications close on 30 November 2014.


Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Programs at Deakin University provide students with the opportunity to undertake an experiential learning placement as part of their degree. The intended outcome is that on completion of the WIL placement students have experience in the kind of workplace they anticipate in entering. WIL programs take many shapes and forms and are known by a range of names such as:

  • Internships
  • Industry-based Learning
  • Practicum Placement
  • Professional Practice
  • Law Clinic
  • Community Based Volunteering

WIL placements are part of academic units that are credited towards a student's course. WIL plays a very valuable role in preparing students for graduate employment by giving them an opportunity to:

  • Apply and consolidate knowledge gained in their course
  • Develop professional work practices
  • Experience work place culture
  • Explore career options relevant to their discipline
  • Develop professional networks

Graduate recruiters place a premium on students who have participated in WIL programs as they recognise that these students are "work ready" and are more likely to make informed decisions about their career choices.

The WIL Support Bursaries program is designed to encourage and support domestic undergraduate students who come from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds to successfully undertake a discipline specific placement as part of their degree, and in particular, to help reduce financial barriers to gaining discipline specific work experience and maximise the graduate outcomes from those placements. Students are required to enrol in a placement unit corresponding to their degree before undertaking the placement.

Application Process:

To be eligible to apply you must be a domestic undergraduate student.

  1. Consult your Course Enrolment Officer to ensure that you can fit a WIL placement into your course and identify the unit you will enrol in if you find a suitable role.
  2. Ensure that you have enrolled in a WIL Unit. Please note that applications will not be considered for the WIL Support Bursaries until enrolment in the WIL unit is confirmed.
  3. If you have not secured a suitable placement, identify organisations that employ students in WIL placements within your discipline. Please visit Jobshop (www.deakin.edu.au/jobshop) and check the organisations that are advertising suitable positions. Also, join the Facebook page and follow Twitter of the companies that you have identified that are of interest to you. Subscribe to employment websites such as www.seek.com.au to search for suitable positions and network with other students.
  4. If you have already commenced but not completed your WIL placement you may still be eligible to apply for the WIL Support Bursaries, however students who have completed their WIL placement and submit an application after their WIL placement has finished will not be eligible to apply.
  5. In your application form you will notice boxes like this example of box displayed on form Mark boxes with a tick Example of tick box with a tick in it
  6. Check that you have answered all the questions in the application form and provide supporting documentation (include your current resume, a cover letter outlining how the Bursary will benefit you whilst on your WIL placement, a scanned copy of your Centrelink letter (if applicable) and any other documentation that will assist your application). Make sure you sign and date your application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  7. The funding for the WIL Support Bursaries are to be used for placements undertaken in the 2014 calendar year ONLY. Applications for WIL placements in 2015 will not be considered for the 2014 WIL Support Bursaries. (If Commonwealth Government funding is to continue in 2015 then the WIL Support Bursaries will re-open for 2015 placements).
  8. Students that have been awarded the WIL Support Bursary in previous years are not eligible to apply again in 2014. The funding to this program is limited, only one bursary payment will be made per student who meets the eligibility criteria.
  9. Students who have been awarded a payment from another 2014 DUPPP funded project will have their WIL Support Bursary payment, if eligible, reduced by the amount of the other DUPPP payment.
  10. Bursary payments are not paid before the commencement of the WIL placement. Bursaries will be paid as a lump sum into the student's nominated bank account whilst on placement.
  11. Students who have been awarded a Travel Grant from their Faculty to undertake a WIL placement, if eligible, will have the WIL Bursary payment reduced by the amount of their Travel Grant.
  12. Submit your scanned copy of the application form to:
    wil.bursaries@deakin.edu.au
  13. Applicants will be notified via their Deakin email address of the outcome of their application approximately 7 days after your application has been received.
Nicole Nash

Nicole Nash
Course: Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)
WIL Unit: Science Internship
Placement: Maldives
Campus: Warrnambool

For my internship I spent five weeks on a small island "Velidhoo" in the Maldives, working closely with the Velidhoo Future Foundation (VFF).

Throughout my placement I undertook many invigorating and inspiring tasks from preparing class notes for fisheries science classes, writing Environmental Impact Assessments, to preparing grant proposals for funding of the VFF organisation as well as working closely with the dive centre in researching the islands coral reef habitats in order to locate the most appropriate site for the coral restoration program that is to be implemented in Velidhoo.

My scientific writing, research skills and knowledge were all enhanced. In particularly I noticed this since returning home and having a wider range of skills that I hadn't acquired prior to my placement. I was more than welcomed into the local community on the island which made my experience there even more for filling. This program that Deakin University offers is a brilliant opportunity for students to experience their desired workplace and decide if they have chosen the right path for their future endeavours. This placement has proven that I want to work out in the field. Preparing data and researching is definitely my future career path.

The WIL Support Bursaries Program is brilliant as it allows students to achieve their goals and dreams of completing work experience/internships where they choose.

Adrian Hepi

Adrian Hepi
Course: Bachelor of Nursing
WIL Unit: Clinical Nursing Placement
Placement: Royal Women's Hospital Melbourne
Campus: Off-Campus

My clinical placement at Royal Women's Hospital was a wonderful opportunity to develop my clinical nursing skills in genecology and obstetrics, the placement was for four weeks.

The WIL Program helped me immensely. As a mature age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student I felt financially supported by a worthwhile program. I was hundreds of kilometres away from home, having the WIL Scholarship gave myself and my family the focus and peace of mind to complete my clinical placement successfully in Melbourne.

This program has helped me in my journey to graduate hopefully with Honours and help my people in my chosen career as a Mental Health Registered Nurse.

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Taisha Reed
Course: Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)
WIL Unit: Creative Industries Internship
WIL Placement: CDW Studios - Adelaide
Campus: Melbourne Burwood

Whilst I was on my Creative Arts Internship I was able to increase my understanding of Industry functions - getting work and dealing with clients. I was able to design characters and props in 3D and improved ability to design in 2D. One thing I found was most valuable over my stay was a portfolio review - where a panel reviewed my work and discussed possibilities to further my Art and establish a career in the industry.

The WIL Support Program did a lot more than I can put into words. I'd like to announce that I have currently moved to the state of my internship (Adelaide) to find work and continue my contact with the host company as a result of the success of my internship.

Thank you to the WIL Support Bursaries for this tremendous opportunity.

Jakson Ricketts

Jackson Ricketts
Course: Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of International Studies
WIL Unit: International Internship A
WIL Placement: Amartha Microfinance, Indonesia
Campus: Waurn Ponds

During my placement with Amartha Microfinance in Indonesia, I assisted the firm with the promotion of financial inclusion. Amartha Microfinance grants financial access to impoverished communities of whom cannot access finance in traditional forms. Throughout my placement I generated a social inclusion campaign which was aimed at increasing knowledge of the firm and its activities, directed at both prospective clients and investors.

I additionally developed a social impact analysis, providing an external review of the social impact that the financing activities of Amartha and the effect it has had on people in poverty in respect to their standards of living. I was fortunate to visit one of Indonesia's poorest regions to liaise with clients first hand. I was able to see both business development as well as unprecedented improvements in living standards alleviating extreme poverty.

My international internship in Indonesia granted me invaluable knowledge and experience of vastly different culture both professionally and socially. The WIL Support Bursary made this work experience possible and is likely to be an underlying factor in my success in gaining graduate employment.

For further information about the program please contact:

Bessie Tripatzis
Project Manager
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Support Bursaries
Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building B
Phone 03 9246 8142


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