About Work Placements
Depending on your discipline, work placements may also be referred to as internships, practicums, or clinical placements. Essentially, it is an extended period of time spent in the work environment of a host organisation undertaking a structured program of work with suitable workplace supervision.
Finding a Work Placement - In some courses, where work placements are a compulsory part of your studies, the School will have established relationships with workplace partners and ongoing support in placement arrangements that match you to a particular organisation.
In other disciplines specifically designed work placement units are available as elective options, usually in your final year. Where this option is available to you, work placements suitable for credit, are advertised by the Work Integrated Learning team via Sonia, our placement management system. Depending on your discipline, other opportunities may be made available through your School, and it may also be acceptable for you to source your own work placement position.
Hours in the Workplace
All work placements should challenge you and extend your learning in a relevant professional environment. You will not just be observing, filing or making coffee. You will be expected to contribute productively to the organisation during your placement. The structured program of work will be arranged between you, your workplace supervisor and your academic supervisor to ensure that the experience enables you to meet the learning outcomes of the work placement unit.
There is an information booklet available to download, prepared specifically to help students learn how to make the most of Work Integrated Learning.