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How to apply for a self-sourced WIL opportunity

A step-by-step guide to getting your opportunity assessed for WIL credit.

What is a self-sourced opportunity?

A self-sourced opportunity is an internship or role you have sourced through your own efforts. This may include negotiating a placement through your personal or professional networks or applying for advertised vacancies via a job board or other platform.

Who can apply?

Applications to have a self-sourced opportunity assessed for credit towards our WIL units can be made by any student who is eligible to undertake a WIL unit as a core or elective credit point within their degree.

Applications must be submitted via our online application system, InPlace, at least ten working days before your internship start date.

Unit enrolment

The WIL team accept self-sourced applications for the following units. Please note that all units will have their own individual pre-placement modules and assessment requirements.

  • Internship – MWL318/MWL718
  • Legal professional practice – MLL338/MLJ738

It is your responsibility to ensure that taking a WIL unit contributes towards your course requirements and will not prevent you from meeting your course rules. Please speak with a student adviser at Student Central if you are unsure.

T3 2023 Key dates

Final trimester students should complete their internship hours by no later than Friday 2 February 2024 to receive their results on time for graduation.

2024 Key dates

Trimester Application deadline Details on internship dates
1 Friday 15 March 2024
  • Internships should be undertaken between February–June 2024.
  • Final trimester students should complete their internship hours by no later than Friday 24 May 2024 to receive their results on time for graduation.
2 Friday 19 July 2024
  • Internships should be undertaken between May–October 2024.
  • Final trimester students should complete their internship hours by no later than Friday 27 September 2024 to receive their results on time for graduation.
Friday 15 November 2024
  • Internships should be undertaken between September 2024–February 2025.
  • Final trimester students should complete their internship hours by no later than Friday 31 January 2025 to receive their results on time for graduation.

Please note that late applications are strictly not accepted.

Contact the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team at bl-wil@deakin.edu.au if you have any questions.

How to apply?

  1. When you have received support from a host organisation to proceed, you and your host must complete the WIL application form.
  2. Once the application form is complete, login to InPlace to complete your online application. You must complete the additional online fields, upload the completed form and submit any other documents as indicated on InPlace.
    • We require at least 10 university working days to process your application and assist you with enrolling – please bear this in mind when negotiating a start date.
    • Our team will review your application and advise you of the outcome via your Deakin email address. We will also contact you should we require additional information or if your application is incomplete.
  3. If your application is approved you will be notified via your Deakin email address and instructed on how to enrol in the relevant unit via StudentConnect. Our units are ‘locked’, and it is not possible to self-enrol until your application is approved.
  4. Once your application is approved and you are enrolled, you must review the unit requirements such as pre-placement modules and assessments via CloudDeakin. You can then commence your WIL experience as outlined in your application.

More information

View our WIL frequently asked questions

Contact us

If you have any questions about a business or law WIL program please contact us.