Host an Intern2020-10-28T08:48:00+11:00

Project Description

Host an Intern

Deakin students can bring a new and fresh approach to your projects. They are eager to learn and gain real world experience to help them in their career journey. Hosting a Deakin student for an internship with your organisation is an effective way to identify talent and create a recruitment pipeline.

If you are an employer looking to engage with the next generation of students, we can help.


Benefits of Hosting an Intern

Hosting an intern is a mutually beneficial way of scoping out future graduates. While it offers you flexibility, skill diversity and access to a talent pool of upcoming industry professionals, you are enabling students to progress their professional skills by supporting them in the workplace environment. By hosting a Deakin student, your organisation may benefit from:

  • Assistance of a motivated student who brings the latest theories, techniques and ideas to your organisation with the understanding of discipline specific knowledge and skills.
  • Reduced or zero cost contribution, depending on placement arrangements.
  • Access to later-year students, and an opportunity to see them perform within your organisation prior to them entering the job market at the end of their course.
  • Support of Deakin staff and the promotion of your organisation to students and the wider Deakin community.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at Deakin

Our Faculty Work Integrated Learning (WIL) teams are here to support your organisation to develop your internship opportunity and offer ongoing support throughout the internship. We can help you to connect with Deakin interns in a range of study areas.

If you are interested in hosting a Deakin University intern, please submit an expression of interest and a member of the WIL team in the relevant discipline area will contact you. 

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Study Areas

  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Construction Management
  • Environmental Sciences and more

Faculty of Health

Study Areas

  • Non-clinical placements/ Clinical Placements
  • Health Promotion and Health Sciences
  • Psychological Science
  • Nursing
  • Social Work and more

Faculty of Arts and Education

Study Areas

  • Communication
  • Creative Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences and more

Faculty of Business and Law

Study Areas

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Business Analytics
  • Management
  • Law and more

How to Host an Intern

1. Develop a Position Description

After your Expression of Interest is received, the WIL Team will connect with you to develop a position description outlining the tasks, hours, supervision arrangements, key duties and selection criteria for the internship.

2. Advertisement and Promotion

The WIL Team will promote your opportunity via Deakin’s Job and Internships Board and share it with students studying in areas aligned to your position.

3. Shortlisting and Recruitment

We can shortlist applicants for you, or you can choose to receive applications directly. We encourage you to run an interview or screening process with the shortlisted students to ensure you select the right candidate.

4. Internship Agreement

You and your intern will complete a WIL agreement before the internship commences. The WIL team is available to support you and the student throughout the placement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are internships paid or unpaid?2020-10-12T12:22:19+11:00

WIL experiences can be paid or unpaid. Unpaid work limited to a range of hours depending on the discipline and must be facilitated in accordance with the FairWork Act. Your organisation may also offer paid internships where appropriate, these are encouraged whenever possible. Paid internships will appeal to students who may need to take time away from their paid employment to be able to commit their time to your organisation.

Are students insured during the placement?2020-10-12T12:22:55+11:00

Deakin University provides insurance for all students completing an internship. Insurance cover is provided under the following policies: General and Products Liability (including liability to Host Employers), Professional Indemnity, Personal Accident and International Travel. If an employment arrangement exists between your organisation and a student, you will be required to provide WorkCover insurance to the student.

You can access additional information regarding Insurance for Students here:

What are the supervision requirements?2020-10-12T12:23:31+11:00

The student needs to be supervised by a professional within your organisation currently employed in a role related to the student’s tasks. For example, an intern designing graphics and visuals for your organisation would need to be supervised by a professional whose primary role in your organisation is related to graphic design. Part of the internship experience is offering students access to feedback, guidance and mentoring from an experienced member of your team.

What are my legal obligations?2020-10-12T12:23:58+11:00

The Fair Work Act 2009 outlines the requirements of student placements: Fair Work Act Work experience & internships

I have more questions before submitting the Expression of Interest. Can I talk to someone?2020-10-12T12:26:10+11:00

Upon receiving your EOI form, the respective WIL Team will get in touch with you via a call or an email to discuss further before the opportunity is confirmed.

However, before submitting an Expression of Interest, you are welcome to contact the Work Integrated Learning team who oversee the relevant discipline area to your opportunity.

Faculty of Business and Law

Faculty of Arts and Education

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Faculty of Health