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.

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The major benefits of work-integrated learning

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.

Developing a tailored placement solution

We'll discuss possible internship/placement opportunities with you and determine your requirements so that we can develop a tailored solution that suits you and our students. This includes:

  • discipline and skills
  • duration of the placement
  • whether the placement is paid or unpaid (under fair work arrangements)
  • be provided as part of a core or elective unit
  • location of the placement etc.

In this phase, we'll cover processes such as:

  • the placement agreement
  • position description
  • legislative and regulatory requirements, e.g. insurance, occupational health and safety
  • payment arrangements (if applicable)
  • promotion and recruitment timelines.

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 that may occur. It also covers public liability and professional indemnity for any damage/injuries that they may cause.

The host (where applicable, and through Deakin) may fund a scholarship for each student undertaking an IBL or postgraduate professional practice placement. In this instance, and while on placement, students aren't 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 should consult their tax adviser about this matter. Please contact our WIL team to discuss further.

Recruiting a student

Placement opportunities are advertised to the most suitable students across our communication channels. We check student eligibility to take part and shortlist those who have submitted an application. An application usually consists of a resume, cover letter and, in some instances, responses to your selection criteria. An Academic Transcript for each student can also be supplied, if required. This will be provided upon receiving students' permission.

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 expenses and 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 could discuss the possibility with the student of, and provide, a practical work professional placement/internship opportunity.

During a placement and student assessment

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

Another aim of a WIL placement is to teach students to manage their own professional development through a cyclical process of self-assessment, goal setting, evaluation and reflection. The student is solely responsible for this work and must complete a series of assessments before, during and after the placement.

Deakin assigns all WIL students an academic supervisor to assist the student with any academic issues that may arise. Constructive feedback from your nominated supervisor will also be invaluable in the student’s professional and personal development.

Following on from the internship/placement, we hope to continue our partnership with you for future placement opportunities.

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

Andrea Newton
+61 3 5247 9656
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Andrea Newton
+61 3 5247 9656
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Information technology

Jessie Chen
+61 3 9246 3069
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Life and environmental sciences

Margaret Herczeg
+61 3 9246 8591
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If you're an employer with a potential placement opportunity, please contact:

Manager, Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
Menuri Subasinghe
+61 3 9244 6054
Email Menuri