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Work-Integrated Learning

Our Work-Integrated Learning program (WIL) provides local work placement opportunities for students as part of their development.

This means students will be applying the knowledge and practical skills developed in the classroom to a professional environment relevant to their discipline.

The program also provides a service to local employers, by connecting them with students who are ready to make a contribution.

Through ECU partnerships with State and Local Governments, major institutions and local industries, the WIL program includes:

  • Professional practice/placement
  • Internships
  • Project-based learning
  • Service learning

Businesses participating in work-integrated learning programs benefit by:

  • accessing motivated, enthusiastic and willing students with new ideas;
  • having extra assistance to complete new and existing projects;
  • developing staff through interaction and engagement with students;
  • having the opportunity to provide feedback on what future students are taught;
  • developing links with the University and other organisations; and
  • having the opportunity to trial prospective employees.

Students participating in the program will be given the chance to further develop a broad range of work-related skills that will enhance their graduate capabilities.

For a summary of the different types of programs in the School of Business and Law, please read:

Benefits to employers and hosts

The School of Business and Law offers local businesses the opportunity to host a student for 100-150 hours during semester time, at no cost to the business.

There is a February and July intake and placements can be structured a number of ways over a three month period. The program is also offered in a block format during summer (January) and winter (June) session.

Students are expected to achieve prescribed outcomes during the placement period, such as researching a particular area of interest, writing a new policy, developing guidelines or assisting with an event or upcoming program.

This may be combined with a role-based placement where students become familiar with a role relevant to their studies such as a ‘Bank Branch Supervisor’ or ‘Events Assistant’.

We have students available for placements who are studying a wide range of Majors including Accounting, Events Management, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Project Management, Sport and Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management. In addition to the Business majors, we have students available in Planning and Law. The program is designed for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

For details on our Placement Program, please read:

Business placement

The ECU Business Internship program enables Business students to gain a minimum of sixteen weeks (600 hours) of full-time work experience.

This is an important vehicle for students to:

  • develop professional networks;
  • practice applying theoretical concepts and principles learned during their degree;
  • develop skills and capabilities required to succeed in their chosen profession; and
  • gain a better understanding of the nature of employment and professional conduct in their chosen industry.

Business internships can be completed in all majors or discipline areas as well as general business opportunities. The internship is based on an agreed and approved program of work which aims to achieve predetermined learning objectives to meet the needs of the business. The program is designed for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

For details on our Internships Program, please read:

Business internship program

The School of Business and Law offers businesses in the local community the opportunity to host a student for 80 hours during semester time, at no cost to the business.

Students are expected to achieve prescribed outcomes during the placement period with a focus on working towards meeting an outcome that will meet an identified community need. The aim is for them to develop their interpersonal skills, understanding of the Australian workplace and also better their understanding of the importance of civic responsibility and community engagement.

Students will be entering their second year at university, or later, and could come from a range of disciplines – including Business and Law.

There is a February and July intake and service learning placements can be structured a number of ways over a three month period. The program may also be offered in a block format during summer (January) and winter (June) sessions.

For details on our Service Learning Program, please read:

Service Learning program

The School of Business and Law offers local organisations the opportunity to engage with students on real-life business projects.

Students are sometimes available to work on suitable industry projects as part of their on-campus studies. Students typically work in groups under the guidance of their lecturer who tracks progress, guides and assesses the student.

Participating organisations would typically provide an initial briefing as to the project requirements, be available for clarification during the course of the work and provide feedback on a verbal and/or written presentation of the project outcomes.

For further details on industry projects, please read:

Industry based projects

The ECU Hotel Professional Industry Internship (Hotel Pii) program enables students enrolled in the Bachelor of International Hotel and Resort Management to gain a maximum of six months (24 weeks) of full-time work experience.

The internship provides students’ with the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge, skills and practical experience while utilising our industry partners’ facilities. The internship is a structured program equivalent to a full semester of academic credit.

For further information about the Hotel Pii program please contact:

Coordinator, Dr Dale Sanders
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5413
Email: d.sanders@ecu.edu.au.

if you wish to explore the possibility of hosting an ECU student on any of the WIL programs, please contact:

Work-Integrated Learning Program Coordinator, Dr Denise Jackson
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2794
Email: d.jackson@ecu.edu.au

Students interested in participating in a Work-Integrated Learning program should visit the Work-integrated learning - Information for students page.

"This work placement has been the most rewarding and valuable experience and one of the highlights of my ECU course."

Ros Trichet
Human Resource Management student

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