Students must apply for enrolment into a Faculty of Science WIL course. Applications will be assessed according to the eligibility criteria and suitability of the work placement.
There are two pathways for applying, based on how you secured your work placement:
- Faculty Advertised Work Placements
- Student Sourced Work Placements
Faculty Advertised Work Placements
UNSW Science negotiates placements with employers and advertises pre-approved opportunities to students. These are advertised via email to relevant student cohort and the Current Opportunities page. Application processes will mimic a real job application, requiring students to submit a Resume and Cover Letter as a minimum. Specific application requirements is provided for each Faculty Advertised Opportunity. If students are successful in securing a placement, they will be contacted with further instructions on how to apply for enrolment approval.
Student Sourced Work Placements
Students approach employers to apply for placements and once secured, applies to UNSW Science for approval and enrolment. This is the most common form of sourcing placements, and students encouraged to be proactive and search for opportunities relevant to your career goals. Work placements must be related to your major of study. Each application will be assessed to ensure that the work placement is relevant.
Here are the steps normally taken by students sourcing their own placement:
Step 1: Research & Networking
Start researching organisations to intern for.
Think about what sort of career path or industry interests you and what kind of organisation could offer this kind of experience. Undertaking the STEM Career Launchpad program will help you with this career planning process.
Also ask your fellow students, supervisors, family and friends if they know anyone you could contact within their networks. Try to find a connection within the area you are interested in.
Networking is very helpful when searching for work placement opportunities and when looking for work after you finish your studies. Make sure the organisation you approach for a placement will be able to provide an experience that is relevant to your Science degree and desired career direction. This page offers more detailed advice on how to approach organisations for a work placement.
Step 2: Provide Information to Your Host Organisation
Once you have made contact with an organisation or company, you should send them information for host organisations. This will let them know of what’s required as a host. If your internship host company has any questions you cannot answer, ask them to contact the Science Education Team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3: Complete the recruitment process
Under most circumstances, there will be a recruitment process and you'll need to submit a written application and do a job interview. If you are successful and are offered a role, make sure your employer is happy to proceed with a WIL Placement course experience. It is very important that you discuss the WIL placement program with your employer (including your day-to-day supervisor) and have their permission to proceed with an application for a WIL course.
Step 4: Approval
You must apply to UNSW Science for approval. We will assess your application according to the eligibility criteria and suitability of the work placement (remember - your placement must be directly related to your major of study).
Summer Term 2021/22: Applications Closed
Term 1, 2 and 3 2022: Please contact email@example.com for details on how to apply.