How to access internships sourced through MSE.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, all internships need to be undertaken remotely until further notice. This means that you will need to work from home rather than physically attending the workplace. Internships involving attendance at an organisation's premises or other workplace outside your home will not be approved at this time. If government restrictions and advice change during the course of your internship, we will consider requests to transition back to physical attendance at the workplace.
Each semester a large number of internship opportunities have been secured by the Melbourne School of Engineering for the ENGR90033 Internship subject. These internships are advertised on a dedicated page called the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Internship Portal. Students who meet the eligibility criteria for the subject and have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 or above will be invited to access the portal and apply for these opportunities.
The portal provides you with access to internship opportunities that are specifically for the ENGR90033 Internship subject that span across a broad range of industries and sectors.
You are eligible to undertake the ENGR90033 Internship subject if you meet the following criteria:
- You are currently enrolled in one of the following:
- MC-ENG Master of Engineering (Biomedical), (Civil), (Electrical), (Environmental), (Mechanical), (Mechatronics), (Software), (Spatial), (Structural)
- MC-IS Master of Information Systems
- MC-IT Master of Information Technology.
- You have completed at least 50 credit points in your Master’s program as an enrolled Master’s student.
- You have at least 25 credit points available for an elective subject in your degree and you can fit this subject into your study plan.
- You have not completed another internship subject within your Masters course. Disallowed subject combinations are listed in the ENGR90033 Handbook entry.
In addition to being able to source your own opportunity for the ENGR90033 Internship subject, students who have a WAM of 60 or over in their current Masters course will be invited to access the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal where you can can view internship opportunities that have been sourced via University networks. If you do not meet this WAM requirement, you may still participate in the subject by sourcing your own internship.
If you are unsure of your course requirements or elective credits, you should book a course advice appointment.
In Semesters 1 and 2, ENGR90033 Internship can be undertaken alongside one additional 12.5-point subject. You are encouraged to select a subject that can be taken alongside workplace commitments. A 50 point load while taking ENGR90033 Internship is not recommended due to the placement hours required of the subject. Summer enrolment is restricted to 25 points so during this period you will not be able to take another subject alongside ENGR90033 Internship.
For further details regarding your eligibility for the subject, refer to the ENGR90033 Handbook entry.
- You are currently enrolled in one of the following:
Plan to succeed
Students who prepare effectively for the internship subject are more likely to succeed in securing an opportunity. Most opportunities listed on the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal require you to address key selection criteria via a cover letter and provide your resume. Each time you submit an application for an internship, you will be expected to update your application documents to reflect your suitability for the position.
There are two key areas in which you should focus your preparation:
Create or update your application documents
Internship employers will be interested in the skills and experiences you have gained so far. These experiences will be conveyed via your application documents. To ensure you are able to put an effective application forward, consider if you need to add to your resume by:
- Undertaking some volunteer work
- Working in a part time or casual role
- Joining and contributing to a professional association
- Getting active in your professional student club
- Brushing up on skills in demand in your industry
- Practising your written and spoken communication skills
- Keeping up to date with developments in your industry
Set up a plan a semester prior to when you expect to undertake your internship and upskill in areas where you have gaps.
Prepare for interviews
After applying for an internship on the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal you will be notified if your application(s) has been shortlisted or if you have been unsuccessful. If your application is shortlisted, your application documents will be forwarded to the host organisation and you may be invited to an interview for the internship. A range of career orientated and professional skill workshops are advertised on Careers Online which you are encouraged to attend prior to an interview. Before your interview you should also undertake the following:
- Study the organisations website or look for articles about the organisation in the media.
- Re-read your application.
- Review the selection criteria and ensure you can provide interesting examples to demonstrate the skills that are listed.
- Prepare some questions for your interviewer to ask at the conclusion of the interview.
Students who are not shortlisted are welcome to apply for alternative opportunities on the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal or source their own opportunity for the program.
You are able to apply for multiple positions on the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal, however once you have secured an opportunity and verbally accepted, no further applications will be considered.
Opportunities will be listed on the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal a semester prior to your enrolment into the subject (refer to Key dates below). If you are eligible, you will be sent an email that will invite you to attend an information session about the subject, provide you access to the portal and allow you to apply for the advertised internships.
Internships will indicate which degrees are eligible to apply as each opportunity will align to specific disciplines of study. You can only apply for opportunities that list your degree as eligible. Alternatively you can source your own opportunity for the program.
Submit your ENGR90033 application
Once you have submitted your application(s) for the internship(s) listed on the portal, after the application closing date you will be notified if you have been shortlisted for the opportunity or if you have been unsuccessful. The internship application closing date will be listed on the internship portal.
If you have been shortlisted, your application will be forwarded to the host organisation to consider. They may contact you for an interview and/or undertake phone screening.
If you are offered the opportunity, legal documentation will be created by Melbourne School of Engineering and forwarded to the host (and possibly yourself depending on the payment arrangement) for signing. You will not be permitted to enrol into ENGR90033 until the completed documentation has been returned from the host organisation (and yourself if required).
Enrolment will be permitted via email into ENGR90033 Internship once the appropriate agreement has been returned by the host organisation (and yourself if appropriate). You will not be able to self-enrol into the subject until this time. The agreement will be managed by Melbourne School of Engineering. Once returned, you will be sent an approval email which will detail the steps you must undertake to submit an enrolment variation to Stop 1.
To remain enrolled in the subject you must undertake OHS training and confirm your comprehension of the material. Information will be provide to you about this when your enrolment approval email is sent to you.
For further details regarding subject requirements, refer to the ENGR90033 Handbook entry.
The below provides you with an overview of the key dates for upcoming semesters. Please note that the internship commencement and conclusion dates will vary for each individual undertaking the subject dependant on their hours of work per week.
Semester 2 2020
Date Activity Early April 2020 Students who are eligible for Semester 2 University-sourced placements will admitted to the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal for the ENGR90033 Internship subject April – July 2020 University-sourced positions will be advertised on the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal Friday 17 July 2020 Deadline for students wishing to undertake a self-sourced opportunity to submit internship details for assessment for ENGR90033 Internship. For more information, see Self-sourced interships. Mid–late July 2020 Internships commence Mid–late October 2020 Internships conclude
Date Activity Mid July 2020 Students who are eligible for Summer University-sourced placements will admitted to the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal for the ENGR90033 Internshipsubject August – November 2020 University-sourced positions will be advertised on the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal Friday 13 November 2020 Deadline for students wishing to undertake a self-sourced opportunity to submit internship details for assessment for ENGR90033 Internship. For more information, please see the self-sourced opportunity page. Late November 2020 Internships commence Mid–late February 2021 Internships conclude
Semester 1 2021
Date Activity Mid-December 2020 Students who are eligible for Semester 1 University-sourced placements will admitted to the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal for the ENGR90033 Internship subject. December 2020 – February 2021 University-sourced positions will be advertised on the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal Friday 19 February 2021 Deadline for students wishing to undertake a self-sourced opportunity to submit internship details for assessment for ENGR90033 Internship. For more information, see Self-sourced interships. Mid-late February 2021 Internships commence May – early June 2021 Internships conclude
Semester 2 2021
Date Activity Early April 2021 Students who are eligible for Semester 2 University-sourced placements will admitted to the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal for the ENGR90033 Internship subject April – July 2021 University-sourced positions will be advertised on the ENGR90033 Engineering & IT Portal Friday 16 July 2021 Deadline for students wishing to undertake a self-sourced opportunity to submit internship details for assessment for ENGR90033 Internship. For more information, see Self-sourced interships. Mid–late July 2021 Internships commence Mid–late October 2021 Internships conclude
The above does not include the assessments dates for the ENGR90033 subject.Refer to the ENGR90033 Handbook entry for more information.
Regular subject tuition fees will apply to this subject.
Information for international students only
International students on student visas are limited to 20 hours per week for both paid/unpaid internships.
All international students on student visas should ensure that they are compliant with the working hours limitations attached to your visa. ENGR90033 Internship is an elective subject which may count towards your working hours, even if your internship is unpaid.