Life and Environmental Sciences Placement Information

An internship/placement is designed to give you first-hand discipline-specific experience working within industry. You will have the opportunity to try potential career paths, make valuable contacts and begin to establish your professional networks, all while gaining credit towards your degree.

Postgraduate students: Industry Practice (internship)

Postgraduate students will have the opportunity to undertake an internship and gain professional work experience with an approved host organisation. The exact nature, activities and emphasis in each industry placement will vary according to the context, resources and expertise of staff as well as the experience, qualities and aspirations of the student. This systematic opportunity will provide students with experiences with which they can learn about and with an organisation, critically reflect on their Course and Graduate Learning Outcomes, and discipline-specific and generic competencies in the context of work.

SLE766 Industry Practice for Postgraduate LES students

Pre-requisites

Discipline-specific, full time placement of 450-500 hours.

International students undertaking this unit are only allowed a maximum of 480 hours (or approximately 64 working days) of full time work, without being in breach of student visa obligations.

  • This is only available to students in one of the following courses:   Master of Sustainability or S772 Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
  • You must have completed STP710 Career Tools for Employability prior to the placement trimester
  • You must have completed 8 credit points of study at level 7 prior to the commencement of the placement.

Academic queries

SLE766 Unit Chair: Please refer to the University Handbook for unit chair and assessment details.

Apply

Please refer to Preparing and sourcing your WIL Placement for useful information.

Before you send the Placement Agreement to the organisation, please contact the WIL Team to determine if the faculty has an existing agreement with the organisation

To apply, visit InPlace where you will complete an application and attach the agreement and relevant Industry & Student Application Form for your placement. See Self-Placement Student Instructions (PDF, 316.3KB) for assistance on how to complete this step.

Note: When submitting your attachments in InPlace, please make sure you click ‘Upload’ and then 'Save'.

Contact us

For more information regarding the WIL Program, or if you have any questions, please contact:

SEBE WIL Team
Email: les-professionalpractice@deakin.edu.au

Undergraduate students:

  1. There is a minimum requirement of 80 hours for your placement (or two x 40 hour placements). Placements can be up to a maximum of 160 hours.
  2. The organisation is to nominate a supervisor for your placement.
  3. The hours and days that you participate in the placement are to be negotiated between you and the organisation. You will not be given special consideration for missing essential classes/practical classes/tests or for late assignments etc. due to work placement commitments. NB: SLE225 placements are undertaken during Trimester 3.
  4. Should your placement be scheduled during trimester, on a part time basis, you must provide information with your application outlining how you will complete the placement hours around your classes.
  5. You need to check with the organisation of any special requirements for your placement, e.g. Police Check or Working with Children Check.
  6. You must have passed STP010 Career Tools for Employability and met the other pre-requisite requirements for the relevant unit:
    • SLE225 – students must have completed a minimum of 8 credit points and passed STP010.
    • SLE301 – students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit points and passed STP010.
    • SLE390 – students must have completed a minimum of 14 credit points and passed STP010.
  7. The placement must be voluntary.
  8. The placement must not be observational only.

SLE225

Academic queries

SLE225 Unit Chair: Please refer to the University Handbook for unit chair and assessment details.

Apply

Please refer to Preparing and sourcing your WIL Placement for useful information.

To apply, visit InPlace where you will complete an application and attach the agreement and relevant Industry & Student Application Form for your placement. See Self-Placement Student Instructions (PDF, 476.7KB) for assistance on how to complete this step.

Note: When submitting your attachments in InPlace, please make sure you click ‘Upload’ and then 'Save'.

SLE301

Academic queries

SLE301 Unit Chair: Please refer to the University Handbook for unit chair and assessment details.

Apply

Please refer to Preparing and sourcing your WIL Placement for useful information.

To apply, visit InPlace where you will complete an application and attach the relevant Industry & Student Application Form for your placement. You will not need to attach the placement agreement. See Self-Placement Student Instructions (PDF, 476.7KB) for assistance on how to complete this step.

Note: When submitting your attachments in InPlace, please make sure you click ‘Upload’ and then 'Save'.

SLE352

Academic queries

SLE352 Unit Chair: Please refer to the University Handbook for unit chair and assessment details.

Apply

Please contact the Unit Chair for information on how to apply.

SLE390

Academic queries

SLE390 Unit Chair: Please refer to the University Handbook for unit chair and assessment details.

Apply

Please refer to Preparing and sourcing your WIL Placement for useful information.

To apply, visit InPlace where you will complete an application and attach the relevant Industry & Student Application Form for your placement. You will not need to attach the placement agreement. See Self-Placement Student Instructions (PDF, 476.7KB) for assistance on how to complete this step.

Note: When submitting your attachments in InPlace, please make sure you click ‘Upload’ and then 'Save'.

At the end of your placement

You will be sent an evaluation form when your placement is confirmed (via email).  A copy of the evaluation form will also be forwarded to your supervisor for their information.  It is your responsibility to print off the evaluation form for completion.

Step 1 - Arrange a time to meet with your supervisor on the final day of your placement. Please complete the student column on the evaluation form prior to your meeting.

Step 2 - Discuss the evaluation at the arranged time with your supervisor, who will complete the relevant columns on the evaluation form.

Step 3 - Sign and date the evaluation form with your supervisor. The evaluation form is to be uploaded to the relevant drop box on the unit teaching site through DeakinSync by the end of week 10 of trimester.

What happens after my placement?

The placement is a hurdle requirement for your unit however within the unit (e.g. SLE225, SLE301, SLE390) there are other assessment requirements which you will be required to complete during the trimester of offer for your unit.

Now is the time to update your resume/CV with the experience completed and, if you wish ask your work placement supervisor to be a referee for you in the future.

Further information will be available on the unit teaching site through DeakinSync for the relevant unit.  Class attendance during trimester for SLE301 and SLE390 is compulsory.

Frequently asked questions

When are the assessment items due?

Assessment items due dates will be specified within the Unit Cloud site once your enrolment in the unit becomes active. Please refer to the unit teaching site through DeakinSync for submission dates for your unit.

Is there an evaluation form to be completed at the end of my placement?

Yes. It is your responsibility to organise a meeting with your supervisor on your final day of placement to complete the evaluation form. It is your responsibility to print the evaluation form and bring it to the meeting. If enrolled in SLE301 or SLE390, please ensure that you have completed the student column.

On your final day of placement your supervisor will complete any relevant columns of the evaluation form with you. Once both you and your supervisor have completed and signed the evaluation form it must be uploaded to the relevant drop box on the unit teaching site through DeakinSync by the end of week 10 of trimester.

A copy of the evaluation form is sent to your supervisor for their information when your placement is confirmed.

What happens if I do not submit my evaluation form?

Your result from the unit cannot be finalised until the evaluation form has been submitted confirming the hours you completed and with a satisfactory evaluation of performance

Once I have finished my placement, is there anything else I need to do?

After your placement has finished, you will need to complete the assessment task related to your placement. Further information will be available on the unit teaching site through DeakinSync during the trimester of offer for your unit.

Contact us

For more information regarding the WIL Program, or if you have any questions, please contact:

SEBE WIL Team
Email: les-professionalpractice@deakin.edu.au

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