WIL at Monash

What is WIL?

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is an “umbrella term for a range of approaches and strategies that integrate theory with the practice of work within a purposefully designed curriculum”.

We will demonstrate our commitment to being enterprising by generating a 10 per cent year on year increase in student participation in industry-based experiences (Focus Monash Strategic Plan, 2015 - 2020).

WIL Activities

For an activity at Monash to be classified  WIL, it must be:

  • Curricular: must occur within an assessed, for-credit unit of study or as an assessed course requirement.
  • Authentic: creates experiences that replicate, or are informed by, professional work contexts.
  • Purposeful: explicitly connects to unit/course learning outcomes.
  • Supervised: students are appropriately guided, supported, monitored and evaluated (including the provision of feedback) throughout the activity.
  • Collaborative: designed and/or delivered with an industry or community partner.

All WIL activities at Monash are classified under three headings:

1. Placements - also known as internships, practicums and clinicals. Placements consist of a student performing course-related work while embedded with industry or community partners.

2. Projects - consist of industry or community partners acting as a mentor and/or client to students in order to complete a specific task.

3. Field trips also known as study tours) involve students working with industry or community partners undertaking site visits and/or data gathering in the field.

Faculty contacts

If you would like to find out more WIL initiatives in your facilities, please contact your faculty WIL representative:


Refer to our list of WIL resources below: