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23 September 2020

Business and law students: you can still gain real‑world work experience this year

Throughout 2020, COVID-19 restrictions have changed the way we work and study, and limited many of our regular activities. But there are still ways for you to gain industry experience through our Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program.

A WIL internship or placement unit combines hands-on workplace experience with your discipline-specific skills – and earns academic credit towards your course.

Not only will this prepare you for employment but you’ll get first-hand industry insights and develop your professional network. It’s also a key selling point for your resume and is a great way for you to experience the recruitment process that awaits you after graduation.

How does the WIL process work?

Business and Law WIL programs fall into one of five enrolment areas:

Each of these areas has its own specific unit codes and features. The WIL programs for each area may also have prerequisites, are generally unpaid and you may need to complete a specified number of work hours. They also usually involve specific tasks or a project monitored by a workplace supervisor.

While some opportunities are currently on hold until restrictions ease, plenty of organisations are still taking on students in a virtual capacity, and we are also offering faculty-led virtual programs for you to participate in.

How do I source a WIL placement?

There’s a variety of ways to find and undertake a WIL unit. The first step is to ensure you’re eligible to complete an internship for credit. You’ll need to factor it into your course structure and it’s best if you plan ahead. Chat to a Student Adviser for course help and guidance.

Deakin facilitates a range of WIL programs with established partners. You can also find your own opportunity with an external employer or apply for a Work-based Learning unit if you’re currently employed.

Read all about the WIL programs open to Business and Law students.

Where can I get help and more information?

Our WIL team has established industry networks you can approach and will give you advice and support. Just email us at [email protected] and we’ll help you with every stage of the process!

We recommend that you bookmark the DeakinTALENT Jobs & Internships board to explore available opportunities and subscribe to receive updates in your areas of interest.

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