Industry Based Learning (IBL)
A Monash IBL placement is a unique opportunity for undergraduate IT students to apply key concepts from class in a practical, corporate setting and develop sought-after employability skills.
The Monash IBL program gives you the chance to enhance your education through one or two 6 month practical placements with one of our leading global or Australian industry partners. During the program you expand the depth of your experience and build up your CV. You also receive a $18,000 IBL Placement Scholarship per placement, credit towards your degree, and experience which provides a proven competitive advantage in the workplace.
Our IBL students enjoy the benefits of industry-assisted activities including:
- An industry seminar series in second year
- Access to an exclusive graduate recruitment program
Applications open Semester 2 of each year.
IBL Information Session
Browse the following presentation slides from the recent Industry Based Learning (IBL) program information session, to better understand the program, selection and application process.
|IBL Applications Open Date||29 August 2022|
|IBL Applications Close Date||2 October 2022|
|IBL Entry Interviews|
|22 - 24 November 2022|
|IBL COURSE PROGRESSION APPOINTMENTS|
|Late January - February 2022 (Dates TBC)|
|IBL PLACEMENT S1, 2022|
|IBL Placement Interviews (Virtual)||29 September to 7 October 2021|
|IBL Briefing and Agreement Signing Session||19 and 22 November 2021|
|IBL Placement Start Date||10 January 2022|
|IBL Placement End Date||17 June 2022|
|IBL PLACEMENT S2, 2022|
|IBL Placement Interviews||21 April - 28 April 2022|
|IBL Briefing and Agreement Signing Session||Final week of S1, 22 exams|
|IBL Placement Start Date||4 July 2022|
|IBL Placement End Date||9 December 2022|
|IBL PLACEMENT S1, 2023|
|IBL Placement Interviews||29 September - 7 October 2022|
|IBL Briefing and Agreement Signing Session||Final week of S2, 22 exams|
|IBL Placement Start Date||9 January 2023|
|IBL Placement End Date||16 June 2023|
*Key dates may be subject to change
Who can apply for a placement?
Any undergraduate student (domestic or international) currently enrolled in the following degrees can apply for an IBL placement at the times specified.
IBL placements are available to students in the following degrees:
|Degree||When to apply||Total value of scholarships|
|Bachelor of Computer Science||End of first year||$18,000|
|Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced)||End of first year||$18,000|
|Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Software Engineering||End of second year||$18,000|
|Bachelor of Information Technology||End of first year||$18,000|
Doing a double degree?
Students enrolled in double degrees with any of the degrees listed above are also eligible and should apply at the end of their second year of study. This ensures you have completed the same number of FIT units as those students in a IT single degree.
Who can go on a placement?
Before going on a placement a student must satisfy the following criteria:
- Passed an industry-based Entry Interview
- Obtained a favourable preference from one or more partner companies during Placement Interviews
- Must have at least 72 credit points of study accumulated towards an FIT undergraduate degree including at least 60 points of FIT units
- Can include specified MAT coded units for CS and SE degrees
- Completed FIT2108 Industry Based Learning seminar (only offered in Semester 1)
- Rounded WAM >= 65 immediately preceding both Entry and Placement interviews and the placement itself
- Full-time for the 2 semesters preceding a placement (at least 3 units/semester)
- Course map must contain a free semester for the placement
- Placement cannot be done in semester 2 if it or the succeeding summer semester is your final semester
- Extending your degree to circumvent this condition is not allowed
- This criterion does not apply to Students entering Monash in semester 1 via Monash College
- Completion of at least 3 semesters of your degree (4 semesters for double degrees)
- Satisfy all the pre-requisites for the IBL unit you are taking (see handbook for the relevant unit)
For more details on these criteria and the sequence in which they are usually met please read through the IBL Information Session slide set on this web page.
We recommend you talk to an IT course adviser about planning for an IBL placement. You must complete at least three semesters of your single degree or four semesters of a double degree (depending on the length of your double degree), before starting a placement. Completing a summer semester unit before your placement is advised. IBL placement units are only worth 18 pts which is one 6 point unit short of a normal semester load. The summer unit is therefore required to complete your degree within the standard timeframe. Please note no units can be taken while on placement.
It is important that you ensure you will have completed the required prerequisites before going on placement.
Applications for the next intake of IBL students will open on Monday 29 August and close on Friday 30 September 2022.
Applications are for a placement in either Semester 2, 2023 or Semester 1, 2024.
To apply for the IBL Program you will be required to complete an online application. The application link will be available from Monday 29th August 2022
Admission into the IBL program is a two-stage process.
1. Entry interviews
The program conducts selection interviews in late November for all students who meet the eligibility criteria at the end of Semester 1, and in February for those who meet the eligibility criteria at the end of Semester 2. All students must apply when applications open - see 'How to Apply' section. Assessment criteria include communication skills, maturity, enthusiasm, initiative, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and participation, academic performance, career interests and personal employment history.
2. Placement Interviews
Students who are successful in selection interviews participate in placement interviews during one or both mid-semester breaks. These interviews are used to help place students at our industry partner organisations (note that placements are not guaranteed and the availability may fluctuate). All students wanting to complete a placement MUST attend the placement interviews at time(s) nominated by the Faculty of IT.