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This subject involves the completion of a professional work placement, integrating academic learning in business & economics areas of study. Students will gain an improved knowledge of employability skills, workplace culture, and career pathways. Students will be required to undertake pre-placement online modules designed to equip students with project management skills and techniques for creative problem solving. The placement will draw on students' specific discipline skills associated with the specialisation of their degree. Internships may be paid or unpaid provided they comply with the Fair Work Act.
This subject is intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply their business knowledge in an industry setting under the joint supervision of an industry and an academic mentor. Students can either apply for a University-sourced internship or apply to have a self-sourced internship approved for credit. Applications should be submitted by the due dates published on the Faculty of Business and Economics Internships website. Selection into this subject is based on suitability of the placement, and demonstrated motivation to benefit from the program, and timely submission of the application.
The subject coordinator will have final approval of all selected students. Enrolment will be capped, subject to meeting the relevant academic program requirements and availability of appropriate internship opportunities.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Identify and articulate their knowledge and skills and apply them to relevant business organisational contexts and work-settings, as well as linking them to specific professions and career pathways;
- Review and reflect on the process and output of a work project/placement to articulate their academic and career development learning from the experience;
- Understand the value of industry and professional networks and their importance to self-reliance, lifelong learning and career progression;
- See themselves as beginning professionals and potential change agents rather than inductees into an existing work environment;
- Demonstrate high-level interpersonal, oral, and written skills developed through interaction in various contexts and with a range of people.
On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:
- Ability to communicate effectively in a professional workplace and to work with and interact with a wide range of people inside and outside their host organisations;
- Flexibility, adaptability, time management and organisational skills as a result of their participation in the workplace;
- Understanding of organisational culture and ethics, safe work practices, and the diversity of workplaces;
- Analytical, problem-solving, research and report writing skills;
- Ability to manage and plan work;
- Capacity for lifelong learning, self-reliance, and professional development;
- Demonstrate key attributes sought by employers including interpersonal skills, time management, commercial acumen, initiative, and independent learning.
Last updated: 28 September 2022