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USC's Work Experience Scheme has been designed to assist students gain real-world industry experience in addition to their current program requirements.

What is WES?

The USC Work Experience Scheme (WES) provides current USC students, in approved programs with support and insurance coverage to identify and obtain unpaid work experience opportunities relevant to their course of study.

WES will enable placements for a maximum of 30 days or 240 hours within a calendar year, in a supervised skill development capacity.

Benefits for students
  • Provides a platform to test your vocational preferences, and increases confidence through experiencing real work situations.
  • Develops competencies for professional practice, transferable employability skills and new links for professional networks.
  • Formal recognition for placements undertaken through the work experience scheme can be gained through the USC Student Leadership Award.
  • Provides students with access to supervised work experience placements where there is limited space or capacity to complete an internship in their current program.
  • Access to employability support provided through Career Development.

The Work Experience Scheme (WES) differs from Work Integrated Learning (WIL) internships as it does not earn credit towards your course.

How do I start?

If you have completed at least 1 semester of study and are currently enrolled in a USC eligible program, you can apply for the Work Experience Scheme.

Download the WES Student Guide which guides you through the process of setting up your placement.

Please allow at least 3 weeks to set up a placement with an organisation with no previous partnership arrangement with the University.

To submit an application:
  1. Check the list of USC eligible programs included in the Work Experience Scheme,
  2. Log on to SONIA ONLINE using your existing USC student login details
  3. Go to the 'Forms' tab
  4. Select the 'WES Student Application' and Add to your profile
  5. Select the 'Edit' button, complete the form and press 'Submit'

If you are unable to access the WES Student Application it may mean your current program of study is not on the list of pre-approved programs, please request approval from your Program Coordinator and email careerdevelopment@usc.edu.au to apply.

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What is it?

Each individual student can undertake a maximum duration of up to 30 days (240 hours) unpaid work experience per calendar year.

The nature of the placement should be one of a supportive learning environment, enhancing learning, training and skill development through observation and practice. At the same time, it should also be a platform for a student to be able to demonstrate emerging industry skills by undertaking specific tasks.

Benefits for Employers
  • Access to enthusiastic and motivated students who can bring a fresh perspective to the workplace.
  • A low-risk method for assessing students for future employment.
  • An extra pair of hands to help with specific projects.
  • Opportunity for staff development through the mentoring of students.
  • Students who undertake unpaid placements are covered under the University's Insurance for Student Personal Accident, Public Liability, Professional Indemnity and Medical Malpractice (where applicable) insurances whilst involved in approved placement activities.
Host Responsibilities

Hosting a student for work experience requires you to:

  • Complete relevant pre-placement documentation with USC, relating to placement details, partnership arrangements and health and safety.
  • Provide the student with a workplace induction. This will include information on workplace health and safety procedures, workplace policies and an orientation to your workplace and operational staff.
  • Provide students with appropriate supervision and work experience relevant to the student's career journey. The nature of placement activities are agreed between the host and student prior to the placement commencing.
  • Participate in an end of placement evaluation relating to the student's experience.
How Can I Take Part?

Please contact the Career Development Team to register your interest.

Download the Host WES Fact Sheet for further information.

Contact information

The USC Career Development Team can assist you to prepare for WES, and will be the key contact for both students and Host Organisations during the WES experience.

Email: careerdevelopment@usc.edu.au

Phone: (07) 5430 2890

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