Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) aims to provide an authentic experience in a workplace through internships and placements as part of your degree.

Not only will it help prepare you for employment once you graduate, you'll receive credit to your degree, get first-hand industry insights and develop your professional network. WIL experiences are a key advantage on your resume.

Placement opportunities

The faculty offers a number of discipline and non-discipline specific placements across science, engineering, environment, information technology, architecture and construction management.

Both undergraduate and postgraduate students are able to undertake a placement, either as full or part time, in the industry you are aiming to enter or a more general work experience.

Discover our placement units

The major benefits of work-integrated learning

Josh White undertook work placement at Draeger Medical Australia and he underlines the major benefits to this type of learning.

Information for employers and organisations

The WIL program aims to give students an opportunity to work in an environment that offers similar characteristics to that of future employers and careers.

As an organisation, you have the ability to offer and accept a placement of varying durations for students to assist with their learning and preparation for employment. WIL placements are an excellent and rewarding opportunity.

Key information

Your organisation has the opportunity to offer a range of student placements to help them learn from professionals, in a graduate-level context. These opportunities provide an excellent way for you to develop a sustainable brand identity and talent pipeline. You'll also be able to present and complete varied projects requiring either a single student or team-based approach.

PDF Student Placement Information for Industry Partners3.1MB

Student selection

Admission to the WIL program for your organisation will be selective. We advertise your organisation’s approved WIL roles to students enrolled in appropriate courses, and shortlist those who have submitted an application. An application typically consists of a resume, cover letter and responses to your selection criteria. An Academic Transcript for each student can also be supplied, if required.

The selection process follows a typical graduate recruitment format with your organisation interviewing a shortlist of applicants before making a final decision. We can also provide multiple students to act as a team to meet your specific project requirements. Students are responsible for their own transport arrangements for the duration of their placement.

From time to time you may receive a direct request from one of our students seeking a placement in your organisation. We would be delighted if you would positively engage the student and provide a practical work professional placement/internship opportunity.


All students who undertake a WIL placement for credit with your organisation are insured by Deakin University’s Personal Accident Insurance scheme for the duration of their placement. This includes any injuries they may receive or which may occur. It also covers public liability and professional indemnity for any damage/injuries that they may cause.

Host organisation sponsorship

The host (where applicable) may fund a scholarship for each student undertaking an IBL or Postgraduate Professional Practice Placement. Whilst on placement, students are not considered to be on the organisation’s payroll. Contributions may be tax deductible to your organisation. Alternatively (where applicable) hosts can engage students directly. Host organisations are to consult their Tax Advisor in relation to this matter. Please contact our WIL team to discuss further.


The WIL program aims to give students the opportunity to develop skills relevant to their discipline and receive, through their placement, a broad exposure and understanding of work procedures and available career outcomes.

Being enrolled in a WIL placement also aims to teach students to manage their own professional development through a cyclical process of self-assessment, goal setting, evaluation and reflection. To meet these, students must complete a series of assessments before, during and after the placement.

The student is solely responsible for this work. All WIL students are assigned an academic supervisor by Deakin University, who will be available to assist the student with any academic issues that may arise. Constructive feedback to the student from your nominated supervisor will also be invaluable in the student’s professional and personal development.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss how a Deakin student can be placed within your organisation, or to receive more information about our range of WIL programs, please contact a member of our WIL team.

Architecture and construction management

Natalija Stefanovic
+61 3 9246 8594
Email Natalija


Geelong and regional areas
Andrea Newton
+61 3 524 79656
Email Andrea

Metropolitan areas
Natalija Stefanovic
+61 3 9246 8594
Email Natalija

Information technology

Menuri Subasinghe
+61 3 9244 6054
Email Menuri

Life and environmental sciences

Ana Ferreira
+61 3 9251 7624
Email Ana

If you're an employer with a potential placement opportunity, please contact:

Work Integrated Learning Manager
Mark Tolson
+61 3 9244 5220 / 0488 586 363
Email Mark Tolson