Access Next Generation Talent

When you host a Swinburne student, you add value to your organisation. They’ll offer fresh insights, support you and your team on projects and give your current employees opportunities to develop their leadership skills.

Build your program with us

One-size doesn’t fit all. Achieve your unique set of business goals by co-creating a placement, internship of industry-linked program with us. If you don’t require a tailored solution, we also offer set programs.

Recruit our next gen grads

With the world demanding a new kind of graduate – for whom tech is first nature and learning and innovating is constant – Swinburne is nurturing next gen thinkers and doers now. Embed Swinburne talent in your organisation.

Talk to us about joining the thousands of organisations, from start-ups to multinationals, who’ve co-created their programs and accessed next gen talent through our Work Integrated Learning and employment programs. 

Contact employers@swinburne.edu.au to find out how we can work together. 

Benefits of working with our students

Fresh skills and outlook
next gen talent
Employer brand promotion
Find out more benefits

Ways to work with our students

Placements

6- or 12-month full-time placements 

Build a strong relationship and a steady pipeline of next generation talent with full-time student placements. Get help with your next big project, give busy staff support, and or help your business grow. 

Placement key dates

Semester 2 2021 intake

  • April 2021: Position descriptions made available to all eligible students
  • End July 2021: Confirm your placement by this date
  • 6 August 2021: last day for students start their placement
     

Steps to recruiting a placement student

  1. Complete a position description using our template and send it to us employers@swinburne.edu.au.
  2. We’ll have the position description reviewed and approved.
  3. We’ll advertise the position to our students.
  4. Students apply via InPlace and we will forward the applications to you.
  5. You shortlist and interview your applicants and make your selection.
  6. You advise the successful student and notify us of the outcome.
  7. You advise the unsuccessful students.
  8. Complete a placements confirmation form and send it to us.
  9. Email employers@swinburne.edu.au a copy of the signed employment contract.
     

Swinburne will support you and the student throughout the duration of the placement.

Requirements for hosting a placement student

While hosting a placement student, your organisation will need to:

  • allocate a workplace supervisor to the student
  • have a site visit by Swinburne to ensure placement requirements are met
  • assign the student to a project
  • ensure students have access to appropriate equipment and space
  • be aware that students need to complete online assessments set by Swinburne outside of office hours.
     

A Swinburne supervisor will also be allocated to the student for the duration of their placement.

Contact employers@swinburne.edu.au for more information on getting involved.

Internships

Bring fresh ideas to the table for a short-term project or campaign. Build your talent pipeline and your brand’s reputation among new entrants to the workforce. 

Available to undergraduate students, internships are part-time, typically unpaid placements that are around two days per week for 12 weeks. 

Internships can also be offered in intensive mode during semester breaks. 

Internship key dates

Semester 2 2021 intake

  • May 2021: project descriptions advertised to eligible students
  • 23 July 2021: confirm your internships
  • 6 August 2021: last day for students to commence their internship.
     

Summer Term 2022 intake

  • November 2021: project descriptions to students
  • January 2022: confirm your internships
  • January - Feb 2022: students complete internship during summer term.
     

Semester 1 2022 intake

  • November 2021: project description advertised to students
  • February 2022: confirm your internships
  • March 2022: students can begin an internship
     

Steps to recruiting an internship student

Arranging an internship typically involves the following key steps:

  1. Complete a project description using our template and send it to employers@swinburne.edu.au.
  2. We’ll arrange for the review and approval of the project 
  3. We’ll advertise the project to our students.
  4. Students apply via InPlace and we’ll forward the applications to you.
  5. You shortlist and interview your applicants and make your selection.
  6. You advise the successful student and notify us of the outcome.
  7. You advise the unsuccessful students.
  8. Complete an agreement form and send it to us.

Swinburne will support you and the student throughout the duration of the internship.

Requirements for hosting an internship student

While hosting a student, your organisation will need to meet the following requirements:

  • allocate a workplace supervisor to the student
  • have a site visit by Swinburne to ensure placement requirements are met
  • assign the student to a project
  • ensure students have access to appropriate equipment and space
  • be aware that students need to complete online assessments set by Swinburne outside of office hours.
     

A Swinburne supervisor will also be allocated to the student for the duration of their placement.

All internships must be project based. For example, a marketing company may ask a student to develop a social media marketing strategy within the 12-week internship period.

Contact employers@swinburne.edu.au for more information on getting involved.

Industry-linked Projects

Have a team of creative and innovative students come together to help solve your business problem, guided by you and supported by our academic staff. Give your brand exposure among the next wave of next generation talent. 

We’ll co-create a project with you to enable you to meet your business needs. 

You can get involved with three types of industry-linked projects with varying levels of commitment and outcomes. 

Industry projects

A group of students work on a real project provided by you. They’ll work closely with you, you’ll offer advice, support, feedback and help with the assessment. If the solution the students come up with meets your needs, you can use it!

Industry brief

You’ll brief students on an issue currently challenging your business. They’ll work in teams to create and pitch their solution to you. There’s no requirement to take on any of the student pitches. 

Industry standard

Engage with students using the industry tools and approaches your organisation does so they’re ready to run on day one. 

These programs are available to business, non-profit and government organisations. 

Contact employers@swinburne.edu.au for more information on getting involved. 

Masters ICT internships

Master ICT internships are part-time, unpaid placements that are typically two days per week for 12 weeks (24 days total). These internships are currently available for students undertaking master courses in information technology and information systems. 

They’re an ideal way to tackle a short-term project that is closely aligned with a student's study area. Masters ICT internships are offered over a semester and commence during the first week of a semester. 

Intake dates for Semester 2, 2021 

  • June 2021: Project descriptions made available to all eligible students 
  • 30 July 2021: last day to confirm a Masters of ICT internship 
  • 2 to 6 August 2021: students start their placement. 

Intake dates for Semester 1, 2022 

  • November 2021: product descriptions made available to all eligible students 
  • 25 February 2022: Last day to confirm Masters ICT internship 
  • 28 February to 4 March 2022: students start their placement. 

Steps to recruiting an ICT masters  intern 

  1. Complete a project description using our template [link to pdf above] and send it to us. 
  2. We’ll arrange for the review and approval of the project  
  3. We’ll advertise the project to our students. 
  4. Students apply via InPlace and we will forward the applications to you. 
  5. You shortlist and interview your applicants and make your selection. 
  6. You advise the successful student and notify us of the outcome. 
  7. You advise the unsuccessful students. 
  8. Complete an agreement form and send it to us. 

Swinburne will support you and the student throughout the duration of the internship. 

Contact employers@swinburne.edu.au for more information on getting involved.

PhD Internships

For Swinburne, industry collaboration is critical to unlocking innovation potential through research and development.

Swinburne partners with Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern to deliver short-term graduate research internships across all disciplines and sectors, to small-to-medium and large enterprises, as well as government agencies.

APR Intern provides a platform for industry to further develop and innovate through short-term tightly focused research projects and gives PhD students the opportunity to apply highly analytical research expertise to projects while gaining invaluable experience in an industry setting.

Swinburne is an internationally recognised research-intensive university with a growing reputation and benefits of this program include:

  • Quality research capabilities: Gain access to Swinburne’s world-class PhD students and academics who have advanced knowledge of the latest technologies in their field.
  • Rapid results in 3-5 months: Create real-world impact through short-term high impact research projects.
  • Retain intellectual property: All project-related IP remains with the external partner.
  • Cost effective: APR Intern is supported by the Australian Government and gives industry a 50% rebate off the already low cost of an internship.
  • Minimal administration: All facilitation is managed by APR Intern and Swinburne 

Want to know more?

Contact us to discuss hosting a Swinburne PhD research student. We'll work with you to explain the process and consult with you to find an appropriate pool of candidates to select for interview. You review the resumes and conduct the interviews – the choice of student is yours.

Contact us on profinternships@swinburne.edu.au.

Other placement opportunities

From scholarship and volunteer to accreditation placements — organisations can collaborate and partner with us to take on a Swinburne student in many ways.

Scholarship placements 

Your organisation can host a Swinburne student as part of a scholarship placement. We offer two specialist and select-entry scholarship programs to high-achieving students that include two compulsory 20-week placements.

The Bachelor of Business Information Technology (Professional) and Bachelor of Accounting and Information Systems (Professional) offer a unique undergraduate scholarship program.

Students spend 40 weeks (or two 20-week periods) gaining direct industry experience by working with our industry partners. Students receive an industry-funded scholarship totalling approximately A$40,000, which is paid over the duration of the course. 

Talk to us about hosting a scholarship placement student: employers@swinburne.edu.au

Volunteer placements 

If you're a not-for-profit organisation with an upcoming event or project you need volunteers for, we can connect you with our students through our Student Life Volunteering Program.

To find out more, email the volunteer placements team at volunteer@swinburne.edu.au.

Accreditation placements

Every year our students studying education, engineering, health and law seek placement opportunities as part of their degree. Enhance your reputation as an employer of choice and access a steady pipeline of talent.

Find out how you can work with our Accreditation Placement students.

Partner stories

  • Photograph of Dr Kaye Knight of Rural Northwest Health with a professional placement student. Both women are wearing black and sitting outdoors with trees behind them.

    Rural Northwest Health

    Dr Kaye Knight describes the unique work experiences that students receive at RNH.

  • Photograph of Jarrod Mitchell from Melbourne water. Jarrod stands in front of a staircase and is wearing a suit jacket and shirt.

    Melbourne Water

    Jarrod Mitchell explains how the professional placements program is developing the next generation of engineers.

  • Photograph of Peter Moran standing in front of a construction site wearing a safety vest and hard hat.

    City of Yarra

    Peter Moran describes the civil engineer professional placement program at the City of Yarra.

  • Cobalt Design's Steve Martinuzzo sitting with his hand resting on his chin, wearing a blue collared shirt.

    Cobalt Design

    Steve Martinuzzo describes how placement students integrate with the workplace and transform into potential long-term employees.

  • Female on professional placement at a hospital

    Partner Stories

    Browse some of our industry partners that benefit from hosting students through work placements or internships.

Hosting a student with disabilities?

If your placement or internship student has a disability, we can provide guidance and help you make reasonable adjustments and support you in becoming a disability confident recruiter.

Find out more how Swinburne can assist your organisation. 

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Interested in working with our students?

Build your talent pipeline and make your brand an employer of choice. Speak to our team for expert advice and get your journey started on employers@swinburne.edu.au

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