Faculty placements

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE) offers discipline-specific and non-discipline industry internships/placements that are suitable for all SEBE students. These provide you with the opportunity to develop good work practices, develop networks and gain credit towards your degree.

If you are on a Deakin Access Plan for a disability or a health condition, which may affect your capacity to attend your placement on-site with your host organisation, please email the WIL team.

Please visit UniHub to view opportunities for faculty units

STP301 Industry Based Learning (IBL)


Discipline-specific, full time, paid placement (minimum 6 weeks/30 working days), e.g.:

  • 1 ½ months (30 working days)
  • 3 months (60 working days)
  • 6 months (120 working days)
  • 12 months (240 working days)

Opportunities are available in a range of organisations, such as the government and non-government sector, small or large companies and local or international companies.

Hurdle requirement
To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must demonstrate that they are working to the satisfaction of the host organisation (including skill competency levels, professional code of conduct and project output requirements) at both the mid and end of placement phases.

Enrolment rule for long term placements
Students who undertake a paid industry placement that exceeds 12 weeks, can enrol in STP301 (IBL) multiple times (to a maximum of 3 enrolments). Students may also do more than one placement at different organisations, provided each placement meets requirements. Each "unit" of STP301 needs to be 6-12 weeks in duration.

To be eligible to enrol in the second and third version of STP301, students must:

  • Obtain a pass grade in the unit within 4 months from placement start date
  • Demonstrate that they are working to the satisfaction of the host organisation (including skill competency levels, professional code of conduct and project output requirements) at the end of placement 1 phase.

Students who have not met the requirements above and wish to continue in their long term placement or who fail the placement (STP301) should contact the Unit Chair to discuss the possible options available.

  • Open to all undergraduate students enrolled in all Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment courses.
  • You must have completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability prior to the placement
  • You must have completed the Ready: WIL Placement Unit Induction just prior to the placement start date.
  • You must have completed at least 12 credit points and;
  • You must have at least 1 free elective;
    • 6 week and 3 month placements require one free elective
  • (Optional) If you have 2 or 3 free electives:
    • 6 month placements allow you to enrol in STP301 one or two times

Academic queries

STP301 Unit Chair: Please refer to the University Handbook for unit chair and assessment details.


View useful information on preparing and sourcing your WIL Placement.

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 the industry placement form for your placement. See self-placement student instructions (PDF, 476.7KB) for assistance on how to complete this step.

If you have sourced your own placement, please submit your InPlace application 3–4 weeks before your proposed placement start date. This allows sufficient time for the WIL team to process your application and organise your placement.

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

To successfully complete any of the placement units in SEBE, you must successfully complete, as a hurdle requirement, an industry-based placement. The successful completion of the placement component of the placement unit is determined by two key factors:

  1. that you attend the placement for the required duration
  2. that you meet the performance standards required by the host organisation (the minimum standard is set as a score of 10+/20 in both the Mid Placement Industry Supervisor Evaluation and the End of Placement Industry Supervisor Evaluation).

If items 1 and 2 above have been satisfactorily met, you must then achieve a minimum academic standard of 40+/80 for the academic assessment tasks relating to the placement unit, to be eligible to pass the unit.


The assessment documentation is sent to you by the WIL unit chair, due to the fact that placement units are credited to the course of study they must be assessed. The industry supervisor is required to carry out a performance evaluation during the placement. You must also meet continuous assessment requirements by managing your own workload. You must submit all pieces of assessment in the form of one portfolio 4 weeks after the completion of the placement.

At the completion of a placement, you will be assigned a mark that reflects your overall performance, both during your placement and for your portfolio. If your performance is found to be unsatisfactory during the placement, the placement may be terminated and you are likely to be awarded a fail grade.

This placement unit is designed to give you an opportunity to integrate your course learning in an authentic real-world setting.  At the commencement of the placement, learning contracts are developed to ensure that both you and industry have a means for meeting goals and intended outcomes from the placement.  You must demonstrate that you are working to the satisfaction of the host organisation. If your skill competency levels, professional code of conduct, and/or project and other work-task outputs are not being met to the satisfaction of the industry supervisor at both the mid and end of placement phases, then the University will intervene and decide on the best course of action for all parties.

If you do not meet the requirements of the industry host during the placement, then the placement may be terminated. If the placement is terminated, the remainder of the unit cannot be completed, and depending on the circumstances, a new placement opportunity will need to be undertaken in order for you to continue and pass the unit.

Should you wish for more information about the assessment for this unit please contact stpacademicmatters@deakin.edu.au.

Start your WIL unit anytime

Juggling work, life and study can be complicated. With Deakin's Start Anytime mode you can begin a WIL unit at any time of the year. This means that you can start an internship or an IBL placement anytime. Start Anytime units are not linked to a trimester but instead a study period (SP).

Contact us

For more information regarding the WIL program, or if you have any questions, please contact the SEBE WIL Team.

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