Undertaking an internship or work placement at university is such an important way to start preparing yourself, and taking the right steps towards your future career. Career Services recommends that you take every opportunity to build on your experience through undertaking placements for course credits. If this is not possible, perhaps finding a paid internship might be more appropriate for you. Regardless of which is best suited to you, the benefits of undertaking work experience is significant. It will help you define your career goals and support you to make informed decisions about your career pathway.

Students choose to undertake placements for different reasons, such as:

  • Adding work experience to your résumé and distinguishing yourself from other graduates in the job market. It’s important to remember that the job market can be very competitive.
  • Applying academic and theoretical content into practice in a real work environment.
  • Learning more about a particular industry, job or company before entering the labour market which will inform your career pathway.
  • A work placement is a great way to find out about a potential career path, it may determine if its right for you and provide you with the opportunity to make adjustments and if necessary to consider alternative career options you didn’t know about.
  • Developing a network of industry contacts. In today’s job market, networking is a vital skill to have and a work placement gives you the opportunity to get your foot in the door of your chosen industry/firm.
  • Developing specific non-academic skills such as:
    • Project management skills
    • Teamwork skills
    • Communication skills
    • Customer service skills
    • Knowledge of particular software

Sourcing Placements
To find out about courses that you might be able to undertake as part of your program that include a placement, Career Services recommends that you make contact with your Program Director. Many programs now include the opportunity to undertake a placement either as a compulsory or elective component, and these are excellent opportunities to build your experience further.

Visit UniSA CareerHub to see what’s available.

If you need some tips to find your own internships or placements in your preferred discipline/s, please visit our Self-Help Career Resources for networking advice in the first instance. 

Careers Newsletter
Remember to check out your weekly Careers eNews to see what new work opportunities have recently been posted on UniSA CareerHub.

If you still need advice, visit the Career Services Drop-In.