Work placements

We partner with businesses and community organisations to provide suitable placements which meet the academic needs. Businesses then work with the students to offer an agreed workplace experience and suitable supervision.

Student work placements

Student work placements are essentially an extended period spent in the work environment of a host organisation working on a structured program with suitable workplace supervision. Students work towards academic credit for their course and to meet the requirements of a Vocational Placement are unpaid. 

Depending on the discipline, student work placements may also be referred to as:

  • internships
  • practicums
  • or clinical placements.

Suitable organisations can enter into a workplace business agreement with Murdoch University which specifies the terms and conditions of the student work placement. The agreement explains the insurance cover for the student under our insurance policies. The conditions of the agreement are usually arranged for a three-year period. There is no obligation to offer placements during this period.

Students participate in student work placements by enrolling in a suitable unit and applying for a specific placement.

How to setup a student work placement

We have designed a checklist to guide you through the preparation, hosting the student work placement, and the evaluation and reflection afterwards.  Successful Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs depend upon a three-way partnership between the organisation, the University and the student.


See our essential checklist