Internships

A guide for industry

Internships allow companies to employ high-achieving students on short-term contracts to assist with specific projects or assist with general workload.

Our internships connect high achieving students with industry. We advertise your position, then provide you with collated applications. You then have the opportunity to interview your suitable candidate and find the right fit for your team.

The Faculty of Engineering & IT internship program connects organisations with masters students from engineering and IT disciplines. We place students in a range of organisations, from large multinationals to start ups and research institutes, for a 10–16 week period as part of the student's degree.

During 2020, our program evolved to also include internships offered remotely.

Benefits of participating as a host

  • Boost your organisation's capacity to undertake a specific project, or gain support in periods of high workload
  • Work with students who represent a variety of disciplines, who can contribute to a diverse range of organisations and sectors
  • Engage students prior to graduation and create a pipeline for graduate talent within your organisation
  • Allow us to advertise your opportunities, capture applications and shortlist candidates on your behalf
We have had a range of interns covering three different engineering disciplines. All of them have been enthusiastic and willing to give any task a try. Their technical understanding allowed them to pick up tasks quickly and we were amazed how much work they got through. There was a high level of comprehension and commitment meaning we were able to give them real work and get some of our internal development projects completed. Andrea Hosey, General Manager (Victoria), ThyssenKrupp

How it works

  1. Post your position

    Create a position description for us to promote to students. An intern undertakes work in their area of study, under the supervision of a professional within your organisation. They can assist with specific projects or general workload, while they develop their workplace skills in preparation for graduation.

    The internship needs to offer studens a more hands-on (practical) opportunity to learn from industry and provide more exposure to day to day operations/problems of an organisation. Research roles will not be considered.

  2. We advertise to our students

    Students who have access to your advertised position will apply, answering your key desired skills and knowledge areas with a cover letter and resume and any other relevant details.

  3. We collate applications for you

    Our team collates applications from the best candidates and then provides you with suitable students to consider.

  4. Interviews

    When you have your student applications, it's over to you to interview and find the best fit for your teams' needs.

  5. Disciplines

    Students from the following degrees are represented within this program. You can indicate which degrees you believe are most suitable for your position.

  • Master of Engineering, with specialisations in:
    • Biomechanical
    • Biomedical
    • Chemical
    • Civil
    • Electrical
    • Environmental
    • Materials
    • Mechanical
    • Mechatronics
    • Software
    • Spatial
    • Structural
  • Master of Information Systems, with specialisations in:
    • Health
    • Professional
      Note: both specialisations include studies in Business Process Improvements, Business Analysis, Health Information and Systems, User Experience Evaluations.
  • Master of Information Technology, with specialisations in:
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Computing
    • Cyber Security
    • Distributed Computing
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Spatial

Duration

10–16 weeks, for a total of 320–350 hours.

Students can undertake the internship part-time (3–4 days per week) or on a full-time (5 days per week) basis.

The program has three intakes a year. Please see an overview of key dates below for each intake.

Eligible students

Pre-selected, high achieving engineering, IT and information systems students can apply for internships, which we advertise on our dedicated internship portal.

We’ll work with you to ensure your intern aligns with your specific business requirements and is a good fit for your team.

Remuneration

Internships can be paid or unpaid. There is also an option to award a discretionary stipend to assist with the students' expenses incurred whilst on placement, which is administered via the University. All students are enrolled in a University subject and gain academic credit for their internship.

Insurance

Paid interns are considered employees and come under your organisation’s insurance. Unpaid interns, including those awarded a stipend, can access insurance coverage through the University's insurer.

Once your remuneration method is confirmed, we will provide you with either a Vocational Placement Agreement or Professional Placement Letter for your organisation to review. If a student is offered an internship we will ask your organisation to sign this document. This document must be returned to engit-placements@unimelb.edu.au prior to the student commencing at your organisation.

Recruitment process

  1. Submit your internship to our team

    Create an eye-catching position description that will be advertised to our students. Who would be best suited to your position? Don't forget to share details about your organisation: who the supervisor will be, what awards you have won, if you’re a brand-new startup or looking for someone to hit the ground running. What makes your organisation an employer of choice?

    Contact the team at engit-placements@unimelb.edu.au if you have any questions prior to submitting your internship. We can also provide you with advice on formulating an appropriate position description for the program.

    Submit an internship position description

  2. Advertising

    Once you have provided your position description, we will advertise for you and collect applications from suitable candidates. We then provide you student applications for your consideration. Each internship is advertised for 10-14 days within this period.

  3. Make an offer

    Once you have been provided collated applications, you will contact the candidates to arrange interviews and carry out your standard recruitment process. Your team will make offers directly to the candidates.

    Let us know who has been successful, along with the agreed start date, end date and hours per week in line with the key dates below.

  4. Finalise placement agreements

    We will send you a Vocational Placement Agreement or Professional Placement agreement to sign. Once returned, the internship will be ready to commence.

    Please see the following agreements for your reference only, please do not sign: 
    VPLA agreement for unpaid internship & PPLA agreement for paid internship.

  5. Tips to secure the right candidate

    • The name of the role - relevant, clear and attractive to students
    • A position description that includes the position benefits (especially if the role is unpaid)  - Include the history of the organisation, a description of the team and most importantly the position duties in an honest and attractive way. Most people want to know their internship will be challenging and rewarding
    • Organisations that attract the best talent stand out by also including videos on their website often from current employees. Focus on benefits or perks you offer like what skills they will acquire interning with you
    • Interview and make offers to candidates within 3 - 5 business days of receiving collated applications. Most students are receiving multiple offers so get in early
    • Discuss start/end dates and number of hours they can work so there are clear expectations
    • The key is to get to know the real person by asking well thought-out questions that ask for examples. You will not only be able to confirm the candidate has the skills they say they have, you will better understand their strengths and weaknesses
    • Once you have appointed the successful candidate, keep in touch with them before they start, have an organised plan for their first day and make them feel welcome. This will confirm they have made the right decision to join you.
    • Cover the statutory induction items and have the relevant person run through a training plan for the coming days and weeks. Try to avoid the too common “chuck them in the deep end and see if they swim” approach

2022 key dates

Activity Semester 1 2022 Semester 2 2022 Summer 2023
This is the period we will advertise internships for the program. December 2021 – Friday 4 February 2022 April 2022 – Friday 17 June 2022 August 2022 – Friday 21 October 2022
Position description due
Latest date you can submit an internship position for the intake. The earlier that you can submit your position description the more likely we are able to find your ideal candidate! Friday 4 February 2022 Friday 17 June 2022 Friday 21 October 2022
Final date to finalise your offers
By this date your organisation should have undertaken interviews, selected a candidate(s) and informed us who will be undertaking the position. Friday 25 February 2022 Friday 8 July 2022 Friday 4 November 2022
Internship commencement*
  Mid-late February 2022 Mid-late July 2022 Mid-late November 2022
Internship conclusion*
  Late May/early June 2022 Mid-late October 2022 Mid-late February 2023        

* Internship commencement and conclusion dates will align to the semester academic dates. Once a student is selected, these dates will be negotiated between the host, the University and the student but must align with the semester intake. Students will complete 320–350 hours over a 10–16 week period.

Further information

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology internship flyer (PDF 874.5 KB)

Host company guidelines, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (PDF 290.8 KB)

Email: engit-placements@unimelb.edu.au

Information for students

More information for students interested in undertaking an internship is available on the Engineering & IT Students website:

Engineering & IT students: internships