Students, who take part in the practical application of their theoretical learning through Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses at the University of Newcastle, are better prepared for their careers and to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
WIL is an opportunity for University of Newcastle students to apply their theoretical knowledge with the practise of work, with their experience counting towards their degree program. Also known as practicum, clinical placement, internship or work experience, through its WIL program the University aims to challenge and inspire our students, and to support them to become leaders in their field of endeavour.
The University works with businesses, industry, community and government organisations locally, nationally and internationally, to provide its students, with WIL opportunities that enhance their learning experience. As a result, our graduates are competitive on the world stage with a high level of employability and higher than average starting salaries.
WIL is offered as an opportunity for all University of Newcastle students, with more than 90 per cent of undergraduate programs including the opportunity for students to undertake a WIL course. The number of WIL courses offered at the University is growing and an opportunity to develop professional skills with work is now being offered in non-traditional WIL areas such as Information Technology, Business, Law, Fine Arts, Drama and Music. The number of International WIL (iWIL) placements coordinated by the University for its students is also being expanded and last year more than 350 students took part in global learning experiences, including iWIL.
Placements can be paid or unpaid, and the University of Newcastle Industry Scholarship Scheme (UNISS) also offers students opportunities to work in their field while completing their University studies.
Students should contact their Faculty or Program Convenor to find out about WIL in their degree program.