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A design internship can prove an invaluable stepping-stone, helping students gain experience for their future job. Working in a Design internship can involve everything from designing or re-designing websites to working on full-scale ad campaigns (design, layout, branding, photo editing, 3D etc.) and much more. Knowledge of Adobe design software and generally a Mac operating system is required to take part in the Design internship courses.

The 3 Design major streams (DES215 DES225 and DES235) offer internship courses as a part of the curriculum in the final year of studies and are an opportunity for students to work in a studio setting under the guidance of professional designers and art directors providing work experience that teaches valuable lessons about actual professional work.

Internship structure

The semester-long internship experience is available in any of the major discipline areas within the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law courses. Design internships generally encompass any of the following media:

  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Marketing
  • 3D design
  • Advertising
  • Photography

Internship opportunities

Some examples of organisations that have recently hosted USC design interns include: international organisations with a local presence, state government departments, regional councils, industry organisations, advertising and design studios, community organisations facilitating events and small innovative companies – all offering students exciting opportunities to develop real-world design skills.

In this course students undertake an internship placement with a business appropriate to their selected discipline area and during the semester work for a period of 96 hours in the workplace. The timeframe of 104 hours (96 for Summer Session) is equivalent to one day of eight hours worked each week for 13 weeks (12 weeks Summer Session) in Semester 2 or Summer Session. There is some flexibility as to how this time is allotted, but the intention is that the 104 hours will be spread over a time frame sufficient to allow the intern to experience a range of duties in the workplace and an opportunity to develop new skills as they put the theories learnt in their university studies into practice in the workplace.

Remuneration and insurance

No remuneration or payment is made by the placement organisation to the students or to the University for hosting the student. Students undertaking an approved workplace learning course are covered by the University's insurance policies. For further information please see the insurance web page.

Internship assessment

Students are required to submit designed reports as per course outlines on their internship experience, which will be assessed by their allocated academic supervisor from the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law. These reports are in addition to any work allocated by the workplace supervisor; and a supervisor report is sent to the placement client to report on student performance.

A DES215 DES225 and DES235 Internship provides the opportunity to put theory into practice, develop a range of essential skills sought by employers, establish a work history and create networking contacts.


For more information about the DES215 DES225 and DES235 internship courses or to request the DES215 DES225 and DES235 internship information pack, please contact:

Faculty of Arts, Business and Law
Tel: +61 7 5430 1259

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