Organise internships or work experience

Find University of Melbourne students for internships, volunteering or degree-related work experience.

Short-term work experience opportunities (also known as ‘experiential learning’) are a great way to attract and develop talent within your organisation. Our students have built excellent relationships with the wider community through work experience opportunities.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) integrates academic learning with its application in the workplace through internships, project-based programs and clinical placements. It may involve a single student or a team of students.

Collaborating with a University of Melbourne student in your organisation can:

  • enhance your brand and further networking opportunities with the Universitycommunity
  • enable your organisation to recruit students for ongoing opportunities
  • assist you with identifying and developing fresh talent
  • provide mentoring opportunities for your staff members

Types of Work Integrated Learning

Internships or summer/winter vacation programs

These can be either paid or unpaid (volunteer) work placements at your organisation. They are designed to provide a student with valuable work experience and opportunities to contribute meaningful work to your organisation.


WIL subjects are elective subjects offered as part of a student's degree for which they receive credit. Students work for a host organisation under a negotiated arrangement ranging from an intensive two-week experience, to a semester or a year-long engagement.

Clinical placements

WIL fit for practice placements areclinical placements for students in professional courses such as education and medicine.


WIL volunteering allows students to observe and undertake minimal volunteering activities within an organisation. These opportunities must meet the volunteer definitions in the FairWork legislation.

General enquiries

For general enquiries about advertising an internship or arranging a placement, please email us using the button below.

Get in touch

Internships & established programs

Advertise your internship or degree-related work experience opportunities via Careers Online. All opportunities must comply with our terms and conditions and FairWork legislation.

Discipline specific work integrated learning

Due to the unique characteristics of our courses, each faculty conducts their WIL programs differently. For information, contact details, booking procedures and more, please visit your desired faculty below:

or contact:

  • Kim Stevenson - Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
  • Kate Adams - Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music


  • FairWork Ombudsman – information for employers on rights and responsibilities associated with work placements, internships and volunteers.
  • Interns Australia – dedicated to providing information on Australian internships, this site includes a comprehensive section for employers.
  • International Students - A Guide for Australian Employers – a guide outlining the benefits and processes for employing or offering work experience to international students.
  • Volunteering Australia – Volunteering Australia provide a comprehensive fact sheet for employers detailing ways to recognise, appreciate and retain volunteers.
  • Volunteering Victoria – Volunteering Victoria's website offers a collection of information about managing volunteers, from attracting and recruiting volunteers to understanding legislation and responsibilities.