You contact a host organisation and arrange to complete a placement jointly defined by the organisation and the University.
You are able to find a placement with a host organisation either in Australia or overseas – consider combining an international exchange with a placement.
Please note, host organisations must meet Monash University OHS guidelines and be approved for you to be able to complete the placement for credit.
Monash Business School will not accept student sourced placement applications from students who have paid a third party - internship company to source their placement. If you are paying an organisation to find a placement for you, you will not be eligible to enrol into this WIL program.
You are not required to be paid during your placement as you receive academic credit for your placement. However some organisations may wish to compensate their placement students for project related expenses.
Firstly, you should try to determine which organisations and industries you are interested in that are consistent with your planned career path. Gaining relevant experience in your field of interest early on means you'll be well-prepared when the ideal job opportunity comes around.
When you’ve found an organisation you’re interested in, you should then contact someone senior and ask if you are able to undertake a placement with them – try a Director or someone at a similar level as they generally have the authority to hire an intern.
All communication with a host organisation should be polite and professional (no emojis!) and should not only explain why you are interested in their organisation, but also what value/benefit you can deliver to them. Be sure to include your up-to-date resume – see Career Connect for help with your resume.
Remember to reach out to your network to help find suitable contacts. Family and friends will often know someone whom you can intern with.
LinkedIn is a very valuable resource, as you can see how people you know are connected to employees of the organisation you’re interested in. Ensure your profile is up to date and includes a professional photo as most employers will check.
Alternatively, you can find placements through many job search websites, such as Seek, ProBono or Ethical Jobs – note that many of these will require an extensive interview process in order to be accepted, so directly approaching an organisation you’re interested in may be more effective.
Placements need to be meaningful and relevant to your studies – not running coffee!
For the placement to be suitable, you will need to be able to clearly state the aims and duties of your placement, and be able to demonstrate how what you have learned in your course will be applied during your time in the host organisation.
Appoint an appropriately qualified or experienced mentor/supervisor
Provide meaningful tasks or a project with the opportunity to experience a real-world professional environment in their workplace (Please note Monash Business School placements are not able to be performed remotely)
Provide a safe working environment (hosts will need to complete an OHS form when setting up the placement, and provide information regarding their public liability insurance).
You can also advise a host that “Monash University has a Personal Accident Insurance Policy which provides capital, medical and loss of income benefits for all currently enrolled Monash University students”.
Provide 20 Days (for 6 CP), 30 Days (for 12 CP) or 55 Days (for 24 CP) of placement – this must be determined before placement can be approved.
If your placement involve days in excess of the required days of your internship unit, eg. 20, 30 or 55 days you will need to ensure you are being paid for the additional time. You will only be covered by Monash University insurance for the required number of placement days, e.g. 20,30, 55 days anything over and above this must be a separate arrangement between you and the host organisation. For more information on this please refer to Fair Work.
There is NO obligation for hosts to set assignments for students. Assessment is arranged by the Faculty. Students may seek advice from the host around their assignments, but there is no obligation for hosts to be involved in academic assessments. Hosts will be asked to complete a mid-way and end of placement survey.
The Student Placement Agreement and OHS Form must be completed by the host and you before you submit your application. Please ensure all documentation is completed correctly and signed before submitting.
When you have completed the documentation below please upload via In Place:
Student Placement Agreement and OHS Form
Course Advice: WIL Eligibility Form
(See Industry Internships section below for more details regarding document submission)
Your answers to the questions below will help us to assess the placement suitability.
Please describe the placement/project opportunity that you have sourced.
In this section you should list the name of the opportunity (position title), information about: the project or program you will be working on, which department or team you will be in, and what tasks and duties you will be undertaking.
Please identify any specific skills you would you like to develop during your placement and why?
You will need to provide information on your areas for development and improvement that this placement will provide. (e.g. technical skills, communication skills, teamwork)
What personal and professional goals do you hope to achieve as part of your placement?
In this section you should be able to provide us with information on how your placement will support your career goals.
Please explain how the placement you hope to gain is relevant to your degree/major and how it will enhance your learning.
In this section you will need to describe how the placement will relate to your course or major.
Industry Internships and the WIL program
Many organisations have industry internship programs where you need to apply directly to them in a competitive process. You are able to use this internship for the WIL program if:
The placement you are applying for meets our WIL guidelines
The position start and end dates align with the teaching period
Your application is received prior to the application closing date for the teaching period aligning with your internship
If your host is on the list below, please upload the internship agreement between you and your host organisation at the time of application (this will replace the Student Placement Agreement and OHS Checklist form):
Ernst and Young Service P/L
If your host organisation is not on this list, please submit the documents listed above or contact the WIL team on firstname.lastname@example.org.