We encourage you to read through these FAQs to see if they assist in answering your query. If you still require further information, please get in touch with the Work Integrated Learning team in the Faculty of Business and Law. Contact details below.

I secured an internship / job, can I use it towards a WIL unit?

Congratulations on securing a role, we welcome you to complete and submit a self-sourced WIL application so we can assess the opportunity and advise you whether it qualifies as a WIL experience. You can find step-by-step instructions on our How to apply page.

Can I get recognition for prior learning (RPL) for a WIL unit?

RPL 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 use my existing job / current employer towards a WIL unit?

Although Recognition for Prior Learning is not available for our WIL units, we do have options you can consider. You can check whether you are eligible to complete a project through our Work Based Learning program which runs through MWL318/MWL718 Internship. Law students in law related roles should also see MLL338/MLJ738 Legal Professional Practice for further guidance.

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

Most of our Faculty-led WIL Programs have set programs dates which generally run within the trimester. Check our program specific websites for key dates on each of our offerings.  

However, self-sourced placements are flexible and can occur at any time. You must apply by the application deadlines listed on our How to apply page with a self-sourced opportunity page in order to ensure the opportunity will count as a WIL unit 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 do I need to be aware of 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.

Where can I get more information on Insurance?

Deakin's insurance policy provides insurance cover for students completing a University-approved placement, please see Insurance for students on placements. Please note, this insurance policy does not cover expenses associated with illness, such as testing positive for COVID-19.

Once you have sought the appropriate health advice and medical support, we encourage you to consult with your internship (where feasible) to accommodate you being able to complete your hours.

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.

For students undertaking an external placement, assessment deadlines are largely based around your specific placement start and end dates, rather than the standard trimester dates.

For students undertaking a Deakin run WIL program, assessment deadlines will be uniform and will be communicated to you on your Cloud Deakin unit site.

In some of the WIL experiences, your host or program lead will assess you. In other experiences, your assessment tasks are handled entirely by Deakin academics. The specifics of your assessment regime will be communicated to you by the unit chair.

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.

Further enquiries

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

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