FAQs and how to apply

Follow the information below to submit a successful application for a WIL placement. Please ensure you've read the applicable documents before submitting your application.

Required documents

General information

Please note the new 2020 unit codes in the University Handbook

Self-sourced placements

Insurance information

Academic documents and assignment instructions

These are available through the CloudDeakin site once you are enrolled in a WIL unit.

2020 key dates & application deadlines

Last day to submit a self-sourced WIL application:

  • T1 2020: 17 March 2020
  • T2 2020: 2 August 2020
  • T3 2020: 1 December 2020


Do WIL units cost the same as other units in my course?

Yes, WIL units incur normal unit fees within your degree. Some Deakin-led WIL experiences (especially those overseas) will incur additional costs beyond the unit fee – we will always endeavour to communicate these to you before you apply. Find out more about course fees.

Is there any sort of financial assistance to undertake a WIL experience?

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may be eligible for the WIL Student Support Scheme which can help to relieve financial stress and allow you to take a placement experience domestically or overseas. Please note that the scheme has strict eligibility criteria and funding levels can vary depending on the unit taken and duration of placement. Other scholarships may be available – for information please visit the Scholarships page.

What happens if I'm in my final trimester?

Please be aware that if your internship dates extend beyond the trimester teaching dates, there could be a delay in receiving your result. Students in their final trimester should complete their internship hours and assessments prior to the exam period to receive their results on time.

Do I receive a normal grade for a WIL unit, or is it a pass/fail scenario?

You will receive a normal grade – WIL grades do count towards your WAM.

What is the assessment like and is my host organisation involved in assessing me?

Assessment in WIL units is highly reflective, and requires documentation of your work. Refer to the Handbook entry or CloudDeakin site (if enrolled) for your WIL unit to understand specifics about assessment.

Assessment deadlines are based around your placement start and end dates, rather than the standard trimester dates.

Your host does not assess you – this is entirely handled by Deakin academics on the basis of your written work. Your host will be required to complete a short evaluation form to be submitted as part of your final assignment.

Can I start before or after the normal trimester start date?

Yes. WIL units are flexible and your placement can occur at anytime, but you must apply by the application deadlines listed above in order to be guaranteed of having a WIL unit count in a particular trimester. When choosing a trimester, you should look at the trimester where the majority of your placement dates fall.

What happens if I need to change my start or end date after I’ve already had my placement approved?

It is possible to change your dates, but you must get your placement supervisor to provide written confirmation of the new dates to bl-wil@deakin.edu.au

I’ve tried adding a WIL unit on StudentConnect but it won’t work – what am I doing wrong?

WIL units are “locked” until your placement has been formally approved by the WIL team. If you haven’t received approval yet, please wait until you have received instructions on how to enrol.

Can I get credit for prior learning (CPL) for a WIL unit?

CPL is strictly not available for WIL units. You must apply and have your placement approved prior to commencing a placement. Previous work experience cannot be recognised towards a WIL placement.

Can international students do WIL units?

Yes, however there are requirements that you need to be aware of and it is your responsibility to ensure that you do not breach conditions of your visa, more information on work component hours and visas.

I have found a website/company asking me to pay for an internship. Is this normal?

No, Deakin does not recommend that you participate in any internships with hosts or third party providers seeking to obtain payment for connecting you with an internship opportunity. Speak with the WIL Team if you are struggling to find an internship opportunity.

Which WIL units are at Level 3?

WIL units whose unit code has a 3 as its first number are Level 3 units. For example: MWL318.

Further resources

General WIL enquiries: (03) 5227 8619 or bl-wil@deakin.edu.au

Self-sourced placement applications must be submitted via InPlace.

For the latest internship and job postings, visit UniHub.

DeakinTALENT provide lots of helpful resources, workshops, career coaching and more to assist in boosting your employability.

The WIL Student Support Scheme provides funding for eligible undergraduate domestic students to reduce the burden of financial hardship when taking an internship.

You might wish to use our helpful placement duration calculator to work out how to complete your minimum hours.

Student Central are available 8:30am – 8pm weekdays to assist you with queries relating to fees and enrolment.

Faculty of Business and Law Student Support – this webpage contains answers to many common questions you will encounter during your studies at Deakin.

Wellbeing – Deakin provides many free or subsidised resources to improve your health and wellbeing, including counselling.

The FairWork Ombudsman provides important information about your legal rights to payment, and how work experience and internships can be lawfully undertaken.

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