At USC, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a central feature of the curriculum. WIL gives students the opportunity to gain practical, real-life experience in the workplace while studying.
Also known as work experience or internships, WIL is unpaid, but formal credit is awarded for assessment.
Productive WIL relies on a mutually agreed three-way partnership between the University, the student and the employer. All three partners work together to agree on the project and/or tasks to be undertaken by the student and the associated workplace learning goals.
No remuneration or payment is made to the businesses, the students or to the University for an internship.
Benefits for employers / host organisations
The mentoring the employer can give to a student / intern can help the host organisation in many ways.
The extra pair of hands will immediately help with resourcing a project; employees who mentor the student learn valuable management skills and the organisation is helping to improve the quality of graduates available to industry.
Benefits reported by current and past WIL partners include:
- access to enthusiastic and motivated students who can bring a fresh perspective to the workplace
- access to new theory and ideas that promote creativity, research and innovation
- a low-risk method for assessing students for future employment
- as this is unpaid work experience, there are no direct financial costs to the host organisation
- the personal and professional satisfaction of watching a student learn and develop
- staff development through the engagement and mentoring of students
- the opportunity to share your organisation’s culture and industry’s potential to future graduates
- working in partnership with USC
Feedback from employers
Responsibilities for employers / host organisations
It is a requirement that the employer will nominate a member of their staff to be the Workplace Internship Supervisor, who will agree to the following:
- to provide a briefing session for the intern in relation to the duties allocated to the intern and requirements of the workplace in regard to dress standards, confidentiality of information and work standards
- to read the intern’s Initial Internship Proposal document to ensure that this is an accurate reflection of the work the intern will be undertaking during the internship
- to provide the intern with a familiarisation session which includes Workplace Health and Safety practices for the organisation, upon their commencement
- to provide regular feedback to the intern on their work during the internship. This feedback can be provided by way of informal and/or formal meetings, but with a minimum of 3 formal meetings over the course of the internship
- to return the final Supervisor Evaluation Form to the University by the required date
Please note: The students are covered by the University’s Public Liability Insurance Policy and Personal Accident Policy. However, exclusions apply in relation to motor vehicles.
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