Work integrated learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) describes learning activities that use academic learning in a ‘real life’ situation with a real industry or community partners.

Our students have the option of doing an internship (placement) or to participate in an industry project. These placements and projects are tied to one or more courses within our program and are formally assessed for credit.

Benefits of WIL

WIL gives our students the chance to put what they’ve learnt in the classroom, into practice and are a key advantage to:

  • Expand knowledge, learn new professional skills and put theory into practice;
  • Boost the resume – increasing the chance of graduate employment in your field of study;
  • Develop generic skills, such as problem solving, teamwork and interpersonal communication techniques in work settings;
  • Acquire career development strategies and a work experience portfolio;
  • Give the opportunity to understand work culture and specific competencies of professions and industries;
  • Establish a network of contacts – potentially resulting in gaining a job role eventually;
  • Supports career path exploration, as it is designed to ‘test drive’ the industry.

Types of WIL activities

The type of WIL activities vary from program and discipline of study and may be in the form of:


Work placements such as internships, field education and professional practices

Projects and simulations

Project and practice using industry case studies, technology and equipment


Art projects with exhibitions

Off-shore and online activities

Global leadership forums and online learning modules