Frequently asked questions

Have questions about ENGR90033 or CHEN90028 Internship subjects? Read our most frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions about all internships

  • How do I enrol in the internship subject?

    We will give you enrolment instructions via email once you have secured your internship and all the documents have been signed by your host employer.

  • Am I eligible for the internship subject?

    Take a look at our handbooks for eligibility Internship (ENGR90033) or Chemical Engineering Internship (CHEN90028).

    You need to have successfully completed no fewer than 50 points of coursework at the University of Melbourne in one of the prerequisite Master degree courses (not through pathway). You will need to wait for your current semester results to be released first. Once you have passed all your subjects with a WAM of 60 and above, as well as having a satisfactory academic record, you will be given access to the portal. In the portal, you will find University-sourced internships and can apply for these internships through a competitive process.

    Students who do not meet these criteria may source their own internship (Self-Sourced Internship Information), and apply to have it approved by the Internship subject coordinator by contacting engit-placements@unimelb.edu.au.

  • I have not received an email or notification to say that I am eligible to do the internship subject. How do I know if I am eligible for the internship subject?

    Take a look at our handbooks for eligibility Internship (ENGR90033) or Chemical Engineering Internship (CHEN90028).

    You need to have successfully completed no fewer than 50 points of coursework at the University of Melbourne in one of the prerequisite Master degree courses (not through pathway). You will need to wait for your current semester results to be released first. Once you have passed all your subjects with a WAM of 60 and above, as well as having a satisfactory academic record, you will be given access to the portal. In the portal, you will find University-sourced internships and can apply for these internships through a competitive process.

    Students who do not meet these criteria may source their own internship (Self-Sourced Internship Information), and apply to have it approved by the subject coordinator by contacting engit-placements@unimelb.edu.au.

    If you still have any questions, please send us an email on engit-placements@unimelb.edu.au.

  • What can students do if they don’t have enough credits left to take up the internship subject?

    Students can’t enrol in the internship subject if they don’t have enough credit points in their program.

  • I received an email invite saying I am eligible to participate in the internship subject but there aren’t enough credits left in my course. What does this mean?

    You can’t take up the subject, as you don’t have enough credit points. It is recommended to check with a course advisor and ensure all is good with the course plan. Ultimately you need to ensure you have space in your course to take up the internship subject, if it is essential to your course.

  • I don’t have enough credits left due to COVID. What can I do?

    We would advise chatting to a course advisor or your program coordinator and checking in with STOP 1 regarding this.

  • Does the Student VISA working hour limit apply for unpaid internships?

    Yes, the Student VISA working hour limit applies if the internship is being done in Australia.

  • For Australian citizens and Permanent Residents, what’s the most hours we can work a week? Is it 38?

    Students who are Australian citizens and Permanent Residents looking to work full-time can work between 36 – 40 hours per week.

  • As an Australian Citizen, if I must do 300 hours of internship work, can I do 9–5 for 8 weeks?

    Typically, the lower limit is 10-weeks but email us if you wish to discuss an 8-weeks internship: engit-placements@unimelb.edu.au.

  • Can we get a uni sourced internship if we are not doing the internship subject?

    I mean if we are going for a ‘not for credit internship’?

    Uni sourced internships are only for students taking ENGR90033 or CHEN90028.

  • Any tips when submitting internship applications?

    When submitting your internship application, it’s important to submit a good resume, tailored cover letter and if required to also address Key Selection Criteria. Below are some links to help you create a good application:

  • If the internship application needs a referee or a letter of recommendation, can I ask a professor?

    Usually, students don’t need a letter of recommendation. However, if necessary then you may request your professors to be a referee or provide a letter of recommendation. Please note, it depends on your relationship with your lecturers and course coordinators.

Frequently asked questions about uni-sourced internships

  • Where can I find University Sourced Internships for this subject?

    We have an Internship portal where all the uni-sourced internships are made available. You need to satisfy 3 criteria to get access to this Internship portal:

    • Have completed no fewer than 50 points of coursework at the University of Melbourne in one of the prerequisite Master degree courses*
    • Passed all your subjects with a WAM of 60 and higher
    • Maintain a satisfactory academic record (not be an at-risk student).

    Once you meet all these criteria, we will send you an email letting you know you’re eligible to take the internship subject. In this email we will give you the link to the internship portal as well.

    *More information about prerequisite Master Degree courses in handbooks: Internship (ENGR90033) or Chemical Engineering Internship (CHEN90028).

  • What is the link to the uni-sourced internship portal?

    Engineering & IT Internship Portal

    or

    https://careersonline.unimelb.edu.au/workgroups/engineering-and-it-internship-portal

    Note: You can only access this portal if you are eligible.

  • If I have 100 credit points completed by the summer semester in my Master degree, can I do my internship in the summer?

    I’m interested in taking the internship subject over the summer, with focus on my specialisation. If I have 100 credit points completed by the summer semester in my Master degree, can I do my internship in the summer and what steps do I need to take to apply for this course and use the portal to apply?

    You need to have successfully completed no fewer than 50 points of coursework at the University of Melbourne in one of the prerequisite Master degree courses (not through pathway). You will need to wait for your Semester 2 results to be released first and then if you have passed all your subjects with a WAM of 60 and above as well as a satisfactory academic record, you will be given access to the portal. In the portal, you will find University-sourced internships and can apply for these internships through a competitive process.

    Take a look at our handbooks for eligibility Internship (ENGR90033) or Chemical Engineering Internship (CHEN90028)

    Students who do not meet these criteria may source their own internship (Self-Sourced Internship Information), and apply to have it approved by the subject coordinator by contacting engit-placements@unimelb.edu.au.

  • Is there a limit to the number of internships we can apply to?

    No, but once you receive an offer from an organisation and you have accepted it in writing, you cannot accept another internship.

  • How long do we usually have to accept or decline an offer?

    48 hours is the standard practice.

  • How can I see the internships available and the position descriptions?

    You’ll receive an email regularly regarding available internship positions. In the email you’ll be led to the internship portal where you will view all the advertised positions and the respective position descriptions as well. Please remember to check the uni portal every few days as internships are added frequently.

  • On average, how many internship roles do companies have available?

    Does every company only have one internship position they are looking to fill?

    Not always, sometimes companies have 2–3 roles they’re trying to fill.

  • Can overseas students outside Australia apply for Uni sourced internships?

    Yes, overseas students outside Australia can apply for University-sourced internships in Australia.

  • What’s the ratio between successful applicants and non-successful applicants?

    We don’t have an exact ratio for this as it depends on the roles, discipline etc. However, every semester there are a few roles that do not get filled. Students with strong applications (eg, prepared a great cover letter, well-tailored CV etc.) have a strong chance of securing an internship.

  • What to do if I am offered an uni-sourced internship?
    • If you are offered an uni-sourced internship, you have 48 hours to accept (this is standard practice).
    • Please ensure that you only accept opportunities that you intend to undertake. Once you accept a position you cannot continue to apply for other uni-sourced internships. Your other applications will be withdrawn. There are other students applying for uni-sourced positions and we want to give everyone a chance to secure an internship.

      Our organisations trust our students are professionals and that you will not change your mind once you accept their offer. We do not want to jeopardise the relationship we have with our host organisations who so kindly make these opportunities available for you.
    • If you accept your offer, please email your host employer, and ask them to confirm:
      • Start date of your internship
      • End date of your internship
      • Number of hours per week you will be working
    • Once you have the above information from your host employer please let us know the following information via engit-placements@unimelb.edu.au:
      • Your name
      • Student number
      • Your degree and specialisation (e.g. Mechanical, Software)
      • Position you applied for
      • Organisation’s name
      • Start date of internship
      • End date of internship
      • Number of hours per week you will be working