Monash sourced internships

How to apply – Monash sourced internships

Prior to submitting an application, please refer to the relevant FAQ's and information sessions. Please remember you can contact us with questions.

Prepare your resume

Update your resume to a high standard. Your application is your chance to influence what type of opportunities you are presented for. It will be shared with industry partners so it’s important to show your skills, qualities and accomplishments. This is very important and will increase your chances of obtaining a placement. Your application is your chance to influence what type of opportunities you are presented for

You may wish to create a specific copy of your resume for your WIL application, outlining any professional experience, volunteering/group activity, areas of study and interests.

Additional tips on writing your resume:

● Use a professional format and inject some personality (through colour, design/formatting).

● Outline your degree and major/specialisations at the beginning of the resume: hosts want to know what you are studying, what skills you have gained and if you have any specialised technical skills.

● Hosts will not favour a student with spelling/grammar mistakes in their resume, as it’s an indication of poor attention to detail. Ensure you review your resume for spelling and grammar errors. This is very important and may impact the hosts decision to progress with your application.

● Save your resume as a PDF document and save in this format: LastName –Student ID –Resume e.g. Smith – 12345678-Resume.pdf

Career Connect can provide you with assistance on writing your resume through workshops and online assistance.

Please use Resume Check prior to submitting your resume. As your resume is going directly to a prospective host, you should aim for a score of 80% or over. Your application will be rejected if your resume is not acceptable.

Prepare answers to the proposal questions

As part of the application process, you will be asked to respond to a couple of proposal questions to confirm what you would like to get out of the Industry experience. Please read through the questions below and the response recommendations thoroughly. It is important that all questions are answered.

If successfully matched to a host organisation, your responses may be shared with the host organisation when we send your resume; we therefore encourage you to take time with your responses and make sure they are written clearly.

1. Describe what type of placement you are interested in and what you hope to achieve.

Please describe:

  • The kind of placement you would ideally like to undertake
  • The tasks/duties you would like to be involved in
  • The type of organisation or field you would be interested in working with
  • What you would like to get out of the internship experience

2. Identify 2-3 key skills you will bring to a potential host and how these skills will add value to the organisation.

  • You will need to provide a description of the skills you have to offer, either from your studies or work experience. Describe how you would use these skills within your ideal internship (as described above). This should include a mix of technical and interpersonal skills.
  • In this section you should be able to provide us with information on how your placement will support your career goals.

3. Please advise the suburb, state and country you are currently living in, and indicate if you have access to a vehicle or public transport to travel to your placement location.

Prepare for your first interview

If you have applied for a Monash sourced placement and are eligible to undertake a placement, you will be required to complete a video interview.  This step will require you to answer a series of short questions via an online one-way video interview platform. You’ll have a set time to review the question, followed by a couple of minutes to record your responses to each question. You’ll get a practice question at the start and some tips from the Industry Experience placements team to help prepare you.

Your video responses will be shared with prospect host organisations during the matching and shortlisting process, so it is very important you are well prepared and present yourself professionally. When completing this step, keep in mind:

  • Ensure you set yourself up in a tidy and quiet environment with no distractions or interruptions
  • Think about each question and provide your answers clearly and audibly (use a microphone if needed)
  • Present yourself professionally and confidently
  • Prepare yourself in the same way you would for a standard job interview (a good first impression can make a big difference)

You can prepare for interviewing via the the Industry Experience Interview360 tool. Interview360 provides you with a range of mock interviews you can take to really test your ability to come up with strong, confident, well-thought-through answers under time pressure. You’ll get instant feedback and advice, and every question you answer will make you a stronger candidate.

Ensure you have completed all the preparation work under the “Before you apply” tab

Log into your Monash student portal and submit an online Industry Experience (WIL) Placement Application. For assistance with your online application, see the Step-by-Step Guide for Undergraduates.

You will need to answer a couple of questions that will be used to assess your application suitability and provide details about your host organisation.

Please complete all information requested in the online application form, including the unit you are planning to enrol in. You will not be able to submit your application unless you have uploaded the required documents.

After your application has been submitted, we will send you an application acknowledgement email. Once applications have closed, your application will be reviewed within 10 business days.

Your eligibility will be assessed and your application will be checked to ensure we have all the information we need. We’ll contact you if we need further information.

If your application is successful, you will be sent an invitation to do a one way video interview through the Vieple video platform. You will be asked a couple of questions and will have a pre-set time limit to prepare a response to each one and to record your response using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action and Result).

Our team will aim to match you to a host organisation that aligns with the information you have provided in your application. If you are matched, your vieple video responses will be shared with the host organisation along with your resume.

Once you have been shortlisted, a host may wish to invite you for a further interview, either online or onsite. We will email you to let you know if and when host interviews will be conducted. Please ensure you are available to be interviewed by the host during the application processing period. Should there be any change to your availability, please inform us immediately.

After you have been interviewed by your host organisation, we’ll get in touch to let you know the final outcome of your application. This may be as late as O-week depending on when you submitted your application and the type of placement you are applying for.

If your application is successful, we’ll send you a confirmation email with the placement details, WES dates to self enrol and a Student Acknowledgement form.

To finalise the application process and accept the placement, you will need to sign and return this form via InPlace.

Once the signed Student Acknowledgement form is received you will be able to enrol in the unit via WES.

Moodle: Once you have received confirmation of enrolment you will have access to the unit Moodle site where you will find details regarding the required internship induction and your assessment tasks.

Support and Communication on Placement

Before the placement starts, you’ll receive a text message with a welcome message via the Enboarder platform and we’ll ask you for your preferred communication channel so you can choose to receive information by email or text message.

Communication with you will be personalised, timely and useful throughout your placement period. We’ll check-in with you and ask for your feedback, and your answers will help us follow up on any issues and evaluate the placement. We have fantastic resources and tips that will be sent to you before and during your placement which will help you prepare for your placement and assist in navigating common challenges.

Should there be any changes to your placement dates, supervisor details or circumstances prior or during your placement, you must inform the placements team immediately.

OHS Induction: If your placement is onsite/physical then you’ll need to complete a Student Site OHS Induction Checklist within the first week of your placement. Once the document is signed and completed, you will need to upload it to InPlace. If your placement is virtual/remote you will need to complete a Remote Working Arrangement form. Details of these forms will also be in your confirmation email. These must be uploaded via InPlace.

Induction: In order for you to understand what to expect during your industry placement, you are required to attend an Induction Session, which will cover important information regarding assessment and very useful workplace information.

Questions? 

If you have any questions about the application process, please visit the FAQ or contact us