What is MWL318/MWL718 Internship?

MWL318/MWL718 Internship is a short-term (80-160 hours) business placement undertaken for credit. The internship provides an opportunity to explore possible careers and gain practical workplace experience. The placement fosters the development of professional work habits including teamwork, ethical conduct, effective workplace communication and self management.

There are three ways to undertake the Internship unit:

Work Based Learning

If you are currently employed, you can consider making a Work Based Learning application. WBL requires you to identify a business problem at your workplace and use your university learnings to create a solution to the business problem, and provide deliverables, or tangible outcomes, that prove the solution is real and enduring.

For example – an Information Systems student working in a wholesale fruitier might identify waste as an issue for the business.  The project is creating a system for better stock control, reducing waste & saving money.  The deliverable is the system/user manuals, staff training documents etc.


  • You must have been working with you current employer for a minimum of six months, and for at least 18 hours per week (on average)
  • You must remain employed for the duration of the unit
  • The identified business problem must fall outside the scope of your current duties (as outlined in your position description)

Before you begin your application, you will need to have answers to the following questions. Please ensure you map out your project in detail and include timelines where possible to support your application:

  • What is the business problem, and how is it currently impacting your organisation?
  • How will the organisation benefit from your project?
  • What are the key deliverables that you will produce at the end of your project?

You must submit an application via our online application system, InPlace at least 10 Deakin working days before your project starting date. You must be approved and enrolled all prior to beginning your first day of the project.

Who can apply?

The unit is available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students who meet the prerequisites; including having achieved 8 credit points (undergraduate) and four credit points (postgraduate); and course rules.

Program enrolment

Successful students are eligible to undertake this unit for 1 credit point and are required to enrol in:

It is your responsibility to ensure that taking a WIL unit contributes towards your course requirements, and will not prevent you from meeting your course rules. Please speak with a Student Adviser if you are unsure; you can contact them on or (03) 9244 6555.

How to apply

Please note that all applications are subject to the approval of the WIL Team. If you feel ready to submit an application for a self-sourced placement via InPlace, please click the button below to view the step-by-step guide and download the necessary documents.


Key Dates and FAQs

This unit is available in all three trimesters.

Visit the Frequently-asked questions page for further information.

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