Work Integrated Learning for Students

There are numerous opportunities in all UQ faculties to engage with work integrated learning (WIL). WIL is course based and is represented by a variety of activities that bring students closer to experiencing work.

Work Integrated Learning experiences have many forms.  The most commonly used models of WIL at UQ are: industry placements, industry projects, work simulations, field experiences, entrepreneurship/enterprise, reflection on current employment.

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How do I get the most from my WIL experience?

Being prepared for your WIL activity will ensure you get the most out of the experience. 

Every WIL experience is different. Read the discipline or course specific information provided by your course and placement co-ordinators. Your Electronic Course Profile (ECP) and Blackboard are also great sources of information.

Check your School or Faculty websites for specific information. Useful resources to assist you to maximise your WIL experience:

Maximising the Benefit of Your WIL Experience: A Guide for Students

Listen to advice from employers on how you can best prepare for your placement

Learn how to unlock your personal and professional development and market your skills to potential employers to maximise your career success through the UQX MOOC

What should I do if I need help or support during my WIL experience?

Sometimes personal or financial issues can get in the way of your studies. These can be even more challenging while undertaking a placement or project. Contact your WIL course co-ordinator if you need support, they will connect you with services to assist. All services are confidential.

UQ Student Services Wellbeing

Fair Work Ombudsman: Information and advice about your workplace rights and obligations

Fair Work Ombudsman Work Experience and Internships: Fair Work Ombudsman Student Placements

What’s in it for me- why do WIL?

The short answer is – a lot.

  • It looks great on your resume. Employers look for graduates who can demonstrate a variety of experiences that enhance their employability skills and professional awareness. Students who participate in WIL gain employment more quickly on average than those who do not. Foundation for Young Australians report
  • Your network will be expanded, networks deliver opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • You will gain insights into professional behaviours and organisational culture.
  • Knowledge expansion, you will put theory into practice and learn new skills.
  • It’s a chance to try before you buy. Gain better understanding of what an industry ‘looks’ like from the inside and whether it’s a career path you want to pursue.

Maximising the Benefit of Your WIL Experience: A Guide for Students