Study in the workplace (internships)
Work integrated learning (WIL) provides students with the opportunity to enhance their skills and gain industry experience in the workplace as a part of their university program.
Also known as industry-based learning, WIL is usually unpaid, but formal credit is often awarded for assessment.
WIL is more than work experience, preparing students for the workforce by encouraging them to apply theory and knowledge in a practical setting. It provides experience that can be recorded on a resume, and result in work that can be added to a student's portfolio.
WIL also enables students to develop professional networks that prove invaluable when seeking graduate employment.
WIL can take the form of internships, guided industry projects, clinical placements, mentoring and/or a combination of these workplace-oriented activities.
USC has incorporated work experience in industry into courses at three levels:
- Industry placement includes internships and work placements, gaining hands-on experience under the supervision of an industry professional. This immersed learning experience allows students to apply their knowledge in a professional setting, demonstrate their suitability to that career path, and start the transition from student to graduate.
- Industry component includes applied research projects, industry projects and production workshops. This enables students to demonstrate competencies necessary to assume professional responsibilities.
- Industry interaction includes field trips, industry visits and guest lectures. These are beneficial to students by expanding their understanding of industry and providing the opportunity to make valuable industry contacts.
To discuss the Work Integrated Learning Program further, contact Career Connection on campus.