What is Work Integrated Learning?
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of learning experiences which integrate academic theory with authentic real-world work experiences. This can include:
- Industry projects
- Engaging with community
- Miscellaneous industry based learning
WIL represents the engagement between University staff, students and industries partners working together to enhance a learning journey which benefits all parties.
“The University of Melbourne interns we hosted have come on board with enthusiasm. They've developed great relationships, and have encouraged us to implement practices that have improved our performance."
– Grace McQuilten, The Social Studio
Why take an intern?
You can partner with the University to help develop Australia’s future leaders. By offering industry experience to Faculty of Arts students you will be helping to build students’ experiences of the workplace and the world around them. It is vital that students are given a chance to put their theoretical knowledge into practice and develop their skills in communication, relationship building and leadership to ensure they become well-rounded graduates.
There are many benefits to partnering with our students:
- Assistance with a special project or general work tasks during busy times
- Access latest theories and practices for your organisation
- Professional development for current staff through a supervisory or coaching role
- Develop mutually beneficial partnerships with the Faculty of Arts and wider University
- Trial students as prospective employees.
“Being a part of the interns' development is very rewarding and also offers development opportunities for our own staff through the supervision and mentoring of the interns."
– Biheng Zhang, National Gallery Victoria
- Do I need to pay the student?
Students do not need to be paid for their time when working on approved WIL opportunities, as students will be gaining credit towards their degree. Under the Fair Work Act 2009 students who undertake a placement for credit towards their degree can be lawfully unpaid for the duration of the specified course requirements. For University of Melbourne students, the WIL opportunity should last a minimum of 5 – 10 days, with considerable flexibility depending on the program.
Whilst there is no expectation of student reimbursement, in some circumstances organisations choose to pay a stipend to cover students’ expenses. The Faculty is happy to advise around the benefits of awards, stipends and scholarships.
- When can I host a student?
Semester 1 usually starts in February and ends in June. Semester 2 starts in July and ends in November. We usually ask students to start their WIL opportunity during the semester, but the start date can be flexible. For example, students enrolled in Semester 1, 2018 can start their WIL opportunity in December 2017. With Faculty approval, the student and host organisation are expected to negotiate start and finish dates between themselves.
In addition to a host organisation’s Public Liability Insurance (PLI), whilst the student works for credit towards their degree, the University will provide PLI cover for the duration of the student’s placement. The certificate of currency will be provided prior to the start of the WIL opportunity.
- Confidentiality and Intellectual Property
Students will sign a Deed Poll that ensures confidentiality and stipulates intellectual property agreements concerning work undertaken. Detailed assurances can be provided at request, including comprehensive ownership of intellectual property.
Application Process and Timeline
The Faculty of Arts has a variety of WIL programs at both undergraduate and graduate level, offering flexibility to your needs. Depending on the work you have available, our team will align your position description with a specific course. As a host, your offering will fall into one of two categories: an internship or an industry project.
An internship is the most common form of WIL, and will involve a student joining you at your organisation.
If you are offering an internship, you will be asked to complete the Host Placement Form, accompanied by a Position Description. Once we have aligned your position description to a Faculty of Arts WIL program, we can promote the opportunity to relevant students. Students can apply directly to you, or we can assist with the pre-screening of the applications.
A popular alternative to a traditional internship, an industry project is a WIL opportunity which sees students work on a project for your organisation from campus. More Information
If you would like to offer an industry project for a small team of students to work from campus, please complete the below form.
Please get in touch to see how Work Integrated Learning in the Faculty of Arts can work for you.
Lea Campbell, Work Integrated Learning Manager
ph: 03 8344 0157 email: email@example.com