Host organisations

Hosting a Deakin intern within your organisation can be a great experience.

Deakin students can bring a new and fresh approach to your projects. They're eager to learn and gain-real world experience to help them in their career journey. Hosting a Deakin student for an internship with your organisation is an effective way to identify talent: you never know, your intern may become your future employee.

Internship experiences

Internship experiences comprise a placement with a host organisation, and reflective assessment tasks to reinforce students' understanding and interpretation of the workplace, which contribute as credit towards their degree. Our internship processes are flexible to ensure they suit almost any organisation, and cover part-time, full-time, unpaid and paid placements, both domestically and abroad.

Discipline areas and supervision

Deakin Interns gain valuable experience putting their knowledge to practice with the guidance of their internship supervisor. Generally interns will be supervised by a member of staff in your organisation who has experience in the same area or discipline.

Students from the Faculty of Arts and Education can have broad knowledge and multi-disciplinary skill sets, from the humanities and social sciences to communication and creative arts.

Faculty of Arts and Education students are able to participate in internship experiences in the following areas:

Communication & Creative Arts


Creative Writing

Design & Visual Communication

Digital Media

Drama & Performance

Film, Television and Animation


Literary Studies & Children’s Literature

Media Studies


Public Relations

Visual Arts

Humanities & Social Sciences



Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Geography and History

Humanitarian Assistance

Community Development

International Relations

Languages Culture Studies, and Religious Studies


Politics and Policy


Host organisation benefits

By hosting a Deakin student, you organisation will benefit from:

  • The assistance of a motivated student who brings the latest theories, techniques and ideas to your organisation.
  • The support of Deakin staff and promotion of your organisation to students and the wider Deakin community.
  • A reduced or zero cost contribution, depending on placement arrangements.
  • Access to later-year students, and an opportunity to see them perform within your organisation prior to them entering the job market at the end of their course.
  • Students available to assist on special projects.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is an internship?

Fair Work Australia defines an internship as 'a method of on-the-job training with a company' as opposed to work experience which is largely observational.

  • What tasks do interns perform and how long is a typical placement?

Interns perform a range or tasks relevant to your business and their studies, under the supervision of a professional in your organisation. Depending on a student's study area, an internship typically comprises 80-160 hours of placement (full-time or part-time equivalent).

  • Does my organisation need to have a department related to the tasks the student is undertaking?

For an internship to be approved by Deakin, the student needs to be supervised by a professional in your organisation currently employed in a role related to the student's tasks. For example: an intern designing graphics and visuals for your organisation would need to be supervised by a professional whose primary role in your organisation is related to graphic design. Part of the internship experience is offering students access to feedback, guidance and mentoring from an experienced member of your team.

If your organisation does not currently have an employee or department in the field related to the tasks the student is undertaking, Deakin won't be able to advertise your position as an internship. However, we can introduce you to the DeakinTALENT team who will be able to assist you with advertising your position as a casual/part-time student employment opportunity.

Learn more about employing Deakin talent at:

  • Do I need to pay a student for their internship?

Unpaid work is strictly limited to a maximum of 160 hours; the student receives credit toward their course which is considered appropriate compensation. Your organisation may also offer paid internships. Paid internships are encouraged whenever possible. This will appeal to students who may need to take time away from their paid employment to be able to commit to your organisation.

  • What are my legal obligations?

The Fair Work Act 2009 outlines the requirements of student placements: Fair Work Act Work experience & internships

Deakin supports students with accessing internships that are within the guidelines of the Fair Work Act.

  • Are students covered by insurance?

Deakin University provides insurance cover for students completing an internship experience approved by Deakin University. Insurance cover is provided under the following policies: General and Products Liability (including liability to Host Employers), Professional Indemnity, Personal Accident and International Travel. If an employment arrangement exists between your organisation and a student, you will be required to provide WorkCover insurance to the student.

You can access additional information regarding Insurance for Students here:

  • How can I recruit interns?

Deakin can advertise your internship opportunity to students through the University's Jobs and Internships Board (UniHub). Our site is accessed by an average of 10,000 of our current and recent graduates per month.

  • How can I submit a position description for approval?

Download and complete the following Position Description template and email to

Download: Position Description Template

Where to from here?

If you would like to discuss an internship opportunity in further detail you are welcome to contact the Faculty of Arts and Education Work Integrated Learning team via the contact details below.

Contact the Faculty of Arts and Education - WIL team

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