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.
- Host form (for placements in Australia) (Word, 137.2KB)
- Host form (for overseas placements) (Word, 136.1KB)
- How to apply for a self-sourced placement (PDF, 356KB)
Applications should be uploaded via the InPlace application system
These are available through the CloudDeakin site once you have enrolled in a WIL unit.
2019 & 2020 key dates & application deadlines
Last day to submit a self-sourced WIL application:
- T3 2019: Sunday 1 December 2019
- T1 2020: 17 March 2020
- T2 2020: 2 August 2020
- T3 2020: 1 December 2020
Please ensure you have read the WIL Student Guide (linked above) in conjunction with these FAQs.
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.
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.
You will receive a normal grade – WIL grades do count towards your WAM.
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.
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.
It is possible to change your dates, but you must get your placement supervisor to provide written confirmation of the new dates to email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
WIL units whose unit code has a 3 as its first number are Level 3 units.
General WIL enquiries: (03) 5227 8619 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.