Vacation work

Doing work experience during your semester breaks gives you a chance to experience a professional workplace, and it can count towards your CPD requirements.

Vacation work (work experience)

Vacation work (work experience) assists students to take the first step into a professional workplace. It is an opportunity to gain valuable skills and knowledge by working alongside industry representatives and contributing to real business projects.  It will give you a real insight into the life of an engineer as you network, explore and familiarize yourselves and gain on the job training and professional development.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) will be compulsory for all engineering students from Semester 1, 2017.  Work experience (supervised by the host organisation) will count toward you CPD time.

If your work experience is with an engineering related company, 100% of the time you spend will count towards your CPD requirement.

If your work experience is with a non-engineering related company, 50% of your time will count. Click here for more information on CPD


It is a requirement of Monash University that all learning tasks which are undertaken as part of students’ work experience must be supervised by the host organisation. When you are being paid for your work experience, your employer’s work cover/liability insurance will apply.

If you are not being paid, Monash University has insurance that covers a maximum of 80 hours, per employer.  Monash’s insurance policy will not apply to unpaid work experience if it is not supervised by the host organisation.

Click here to download an open letter to employers explaining this insurance requirement

Further information on unpaid work insurance can be found here.

Find vacation work and employment opportunities

Search for vacation work and employment opportunities through Monash University online job system Career Gateway

Visit Career Connect Jobs and careers for additional information and links to assist you in:

  • Finding Work – Job-hunting methods
  • Applying for a Job – Application methods, cover letters, interviews
  • Understanding workplace rights – Workplace rights
  • Planning your career – Develop a career plan
  • Improving employability – Developing your skills
  • Attending career events – Career development programs

Here are some links to help you search for vacation employment beyond the Career Gateway:

Career Connect can suggest strategies and resources to help you with your work experience search, as well as provide details on CPD-relevant workshops, seminars and leadership opportunities. Feel free to drop in for a 10-minute chat or book a 30-minute appointment. (Go to Appointments with consultants for more information about both.)