FAQs and how to apply

2020 key dates & application deadlines

Last day to submit a self-sourced WIL application:

  • T3 2020: 1 December 2020
  • T1 2021: 17 March 2021
  • T2 2021: 2 August 2021

More information on self-sourced opportunities:

How to apply

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If your question is not answered below, please contact the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team at bl-wil@deakin.edu.au.

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 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

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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