Host an Intern2023-12-04T13:37:04+11:00

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.
  • Building a sound talent pathway for the future, by taking the opportunity to observe how students perform in your organisation prior to graduation and entering the job market.
  • 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

  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Health Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
  • Allied Health
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Medicine

Faculty of Arts and Education

Study Areas

  • Communication
  • Media
  • Film & Television
  • Design
  • Creative Arts
  • International Studies
  • Humanities
  • Languages

Faculty of Business and Law

Study Areas

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Business Analytics
  • Marketing
  • Management and Human Resources
  • 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 discuss promotions and strategies to enable your position to reach the right students. This may include publishing the position on the Deakin Job and Internships Board, targeted advertisements or other student engagement strategies.

3. Shortlisting and Recruitment

Selecting the right student for your position is essential. The WIL Team can support your recruitment strategy, which may include assisting with shortlisting or directing applications to your organisation. You may wish to run an interview or screening process with students.

4. Internship Agreement

Once you have selected your intern and before the internship commences, you will complete a WIL agreement with the student. The WIL Team are available if you have any questions throughout the placement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are internships paid or unpaid?2021-07-29T13:27:40+10:00

WIL experiences can be paid or unpaid, if the student is enrolled in a WIL unit as a part of their course. Unpaid work is limited to a range of hours depending on the discipline and study level, and must be facilitated in accordance with the Fair Work Act. Your organisation may also offer paid internships where appropriate. Paid WIL experiences are encouraged wherever possible, as they 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?2021-01-20T08:19:40+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

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