Help students realise their dreams and get them started on their path to job success by offering Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities. Get involved and gain access to our talented students.
As an employer you have the opportunity to create an effective partnership with UWA. Offering a WIL activity can provide numerous benefits to your organisation. Common WIL activities include a work placement, internship or project in the workplace, completion of case studies, volunteering, service learning, work shadowing and simulations on campus.
What's in it for us?
- Get a fresh perspective and approach from students with new ideas and a different outlook
- Improve the work-readiness of graduates available to your industry and impact on graduate employability
- Raise your profile and gain access to high-calibre students
- Recruitment pathway – many employers go on to recruit students who have undertaken a work placement
- Give current employees professional development through mentoring and management
- Develop a relationship with UWA – research and other partnerships – and contribute to academic programs
- Access assistance for/put resources towards or test projects
If you're interested in offering WIL opportunities to students at UWA, there are many paths available.
- For-credit placements/practicums (part of their degree)
- Not-for-credit (co-curricular) work experience
- Volunteering opportunities with Guild Volunteering
- Service learning opportunities and the McCusker Centre for Citizenship
- Opportunities for work experience on campus
- Case studies, work shadowing, competitions and simulations
- Vacation and internship programs
- Professional placements for accreditation
- Career Mentor Link
What is available at UWA?
There are a wide range of WIL opportunities available across the University.
Work placements are offered to students both 'for-credit' – where a placement is formally recognised and credited as part of their academic studies (also known as a 'practicum') – and 'not-for-credit' – where a placement is undertaken as an addition to a student's course of study.
UWA has more than 100 practicum units. Further information on these units here.
When are students available?
Most practicum units are run during semester time – March to May (Semester 1) and August to October (Semester 2). Some units are offered during the summer school period (January to February) and some offer flexible arrangements.
Is there a program structure?
Each practicum unit has its own requirements and structure. Check the relevant unit outline for details.
What kinds of projects do students work on?
The projects vary depending on the discipline, requirements for the unit and the student.
Do students expect a job at the end?
No, there is no expectation of a job. However, it gives you the opportunity to experience what UWA students have to offer.
What do I have to provide?
Employers provide a workspace, equipment, mentoring and supervision. If offering a for-credit work placement, there may be additional requirements. Check the unit information.
How much will it cost?
There is no placement cost to the organisation. Students on practicum can be unpaid. The host organization is responsible for ensuring that any unpaid work is legally unpaid. If you choose to pay a student then you enter an employment relationship.
Fair Work Act and Insurance
All work experience/practicums must comply with the Fair Work Act. Students in a for-credit unit are undertaking a vocational or accreditation placement and can be legally unpaid for the pre-agreed duration of the placement. For all other unpaid work experience and internships, ensure you are familiar with the Fair Work Act.
UWA Insurance will cover students for the duration of the work experience if the placement is unpaid and relates to their degree. An insurance certificate can be provided by the student's Faculty Office if required.
There are a number of ways for you to get involved to suit the needs of your organisation.
Students gain academic credit for pre-approved work placements or projects. Get involved in a structured learning program and offer a project or work placement.
Most practicum units are run during semester time – March to May (Semester 1) and August to October (Semester 2). Some units are offered during the summer school period (January to February) and some offer flexible arrangements. Depending on the discipline area, placements are around 80-200 hours in length.
A list of work integrated learning units are in the UWA Handbook.
Some degrees require work placements to be undertaken for professional accreditation.
Students undertake activities alongside their studies.
Industry Research Projects
Co-Operative Education for Enterprise Development (CEED) is a formal program designed to link the abilities and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students with the research and development needs of progressive organisations within the wider community. The CEED program at UWA gives access to any discipline within the University.
iPREPWA is an initiative to support research collaboration between the universities and industries of Western Australia. The program involves interdisciplinary teams of PhD candidates, from all five WA universities, working on a six-week project with an industry partner during their thesis examination period.
Graduate coursework or research students can also undertake the Transdisciplinary Service Learning and Design practicum, working collaboratively on complex issues with demographic, infrastructural, political, cultural and/or economic dimensions that require transdisciplinary solutions. Students work with staff from UWA faculties, the McCusker Centre for Citizenship and stakeholders in specific institutions or regions, and the methodological focus is on intercultural communication, effective and authentic consultation and transdisciplinary collaboration.
Our international students are highly valued contributors to our University as well as to our community. They will bring their experiences, different perspectives and cultural insights to your organisation, as well as the ability to communicate in other languages.
There are visas that allow international students to work within semester-time, unlimited hours during semester breaks and after they finish their studies, without the need for sponsorship. The following student-focused websites provide further information.