Student Sourced Placements

What is a Student Sourced placement?

  • Students contact a host organisation and arrange to complete a placement jointly defined by the organisation and the University.
  • You are able to find a placement with a host organisation either in Australia or overseas.
  • Please note, host organisations must meet Monash University OHS guidelines and be approved for you to be able to complete the placement for credit.
  • The opportunity must have relevance towards your Arts degree or masters program, and contribute to the learning outcomes of the unit.

Do you get paid?

  • Students are not required to be paid during their placements as they receive academic credit for their placements. However some organisations may wish to compensate the students for project related expenses.

Where do you start when looking for a Student Sourced placement?

  • Firstly, you should try to determine which organisations and industries you are interested in that are consistent with your planned career path.
  • When you’ve found an organisation you’re interested in, you should then try to contact someone senior at the organisation and ask if you are able to undertake a placement with them – try a Director or someone at a similar level as they generally have the authority to hire an intern.
  • All communication with a host organisation should be polite and professional (no emojis!) and should explain why you are interested in their organisation AND what value/benefit you can deliver to them.
  • Be sure to include your up-to-date resume – see Career Connect for help with your resume.
  • You can find a cover letter template, expression of interest letter and resume samples below:
  • Remember to reach out to your network to help find suitable contacts. Family and friends will often know someone whom you can intern with.
    • LinkedIn is a very valuable resource, as you can see how people you know are connected to employees of the organisation you’re interested in. Ensure your profile is up to date and includes a professional photo as most employers will check.
  • The WIL team occasionally list external organisations who have their own internship program.
  • Alternatively, you can find placements through many job search websites, such as Seek, ProBono or Ethical Jobs – note that many of these will require an extensive interview process in order to be accepted, so directly approaching an organisation you’re interested in may be more effective.

What type of task or project is required for a placement?

  • Placements need to be meaningful and relevant to your studies – not running coffee!
  • For the placement to be suitable, you will need to be able to clearly state the aims and duties of your placement, and be able to demonstrate how what you have learned in your course will be applied during your time in the host organisation.

What does the host need to do?

  • Appoint an appropriately qualified or experienced mentor/supervisor
  • Provide meaningful tasks or a project with the opportunity to experience a real-world professional environment
  • Provide a safe working environment (host will need to complete an OHS form when setting up the placement, and provide information regarding their public liability insurance).
  • You can also advise a host that “Monash University has a Personal Accident Insurance Policy which provides capital, medical and loss of income benefits for all currently enrolled Monash University students”.
  • Provide 75-100 placement hours for 6CP and minimum 144 placement hours for 12CP - to be determined before placement

There is NO obligation for hosts to set assignments for students. Assessment is arranged by the Faculty. Students may seek advice from the host around their assignments, but there is no obligation for hosts to be involved in academic assessments. Hosts will be asked to complete a mid-way and end of placement survey.

The forms you will need to provide:

PLACEMENTS IN AUSTRALIA

  1. Student Placement Agreement and OHS Form
  2. Student Acknowledgement Form (Onshore)
  • The Student Placement Agreement and OHS Form must be completed by the host and you before you submit your application. Please ensure all documentation is completed correctly and signed before submitting.
  • The Student Acknowledgement form must be signed by you before you submit your application.
  • When you have completed the documentation below please upload via In Place:
  1. Student Placement Agreement and OHS Form
  2. Student Acknowledgement form
  3. WIL Eligibility Confirmation
  4. For Graduate applications only: you will need to submit WIL Internship Proposal form. The form must be signed by your Director of Program.

 

OFFSHORE PLACEMENTS

  1. Student Placement Agreement and Host Verification
  2. Student Acknowledgement form (Offshore)
  • The Student Placement Agreement and Host Verification must be completed by the host before you submit your application.
  • The Student Acknowledgement form must be signed by you before you submit your application.
  • When you have completed the documentation below please upload via In Place:
  1. Completed Student Placement Agreement and Host Verification Form
  2. Student Acknowledgement form
  3. WIL Eligibility Confirmation
  4. For Graduate applications only: you will need to submit WIL Internship Proposal form. The form must be signed by your Director of Program.

Host Organisation Details

You will need to provide responses to the questions below about your host organisation and your proposed placement via InPlace.

  1. Host organisation name and contact details
  2. ABN (Australian Business Number) (For offshore placements, please enter N/A)
  3. Supervisor name
  4. Host organisation address – location of your placement
  5. Host supervisor email address
  6. Host supervisor phone number
  7. Host organisation website
  8. Start date and end date

Your Placement Proposal questions:

Your answers to the questions below will help us in assessing the placement suitability.

1 Please describe the placement/project opportunity that you have sourced and the key tasks and activities that you will be undertaking.

In this section you should list the name of the opportunity (position title), information about: the project or program you will be working on, which department or team you will be in, and what tasks and duties you will be undertaking.

2 Please identify any specific skills you would you like to develop during your placement and why?

You will need to provide information on your areas for development and improvement that this placement will provide. (e.g. technical skills, communication skills, teamwork)

3 What personal and professional goals do you hope to achieve as part of your placement?

In this section you should be able to provide us with information on how your placement will support your career goals.

4 Please explain how the placement you hope to gain is relevant to your degree/major and how it will enhance your learning.

In this section you will need to describe how the placement will relate to your course or major.