Whilst there are an ever growing number of industry scholarships available to students that can be used in conjunction with a WIL placement, in most cases placements are unpaid. Unpaid placements allow the university to cover a student’s insurances during the duration of their placement.
For these unpaid placements students are expected to work with their industry partner full-time for 12 weeks or equivalent. It is expected that the host organisations will provide students with meaningful work activities or projects during their placement as well as a work space and computer or any required equipment.
Ultimately, the WIL program is designed to give benefit to both the student and the industry host, and is not designed to provide a free workforce for purely commercial and profit making activities.