Hosting a placement or internships student is a great way to add value to your organisation. They can offer fresh insights, support you and your team with new projects and give employees opportunities to develop leadership skills.

Benefits of working with our students

Fresh skills and outlook
New talent
Employer brand promotion
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Ways to work with our students

Professional placements

Full-time placements of 6 or 12-month duration.

Professional placements offer a great way to get support for long-term projects, give busy staff members extra support, or to help your organisation during high activity and growth.

Professional placement key dates

Semester 1 2021 intake

  • August 2020: Position descriptions advertised to students
  • February 2021: Confirm your professional placement by this date
  • November 2020 – February 2021: Students can begin a professional placement during this period

Professional internships

Professional internships are part-time, typically unpaid placements that are around two days per week for 12 weeks. They are an ideal way to tackle a short-term project, giving you additional support and skills for a fixed-term duration.

Professional internships may also be offered full-time during semester breaks.

Professional internship key dates

Summer Term 2021 intake

  • November 2020: Project descriptions advertised to students
  • January 2021: Confirm professional internship by this date
  • January – 14 February 2021: Students complete professional internship during Summer Term

Semester 1 2021 intake

  • November 2020: Position descriptions advertised to students
  • February 2021: Confirm your professional internship by this date
  • March 2021: Students can begin a professional internship 

Masters ICT internships

Masters ICT internships are part-time, unpaid placements that are typically two days per week for 12 weeks. Masters ICT internships are currently available for students undertaking masters courses in information technology or 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 (24 days total) and commence during the first week of a semester.

Masters ICT internship key dates

Semester 1 2021 intake

  • November 2020: Internship opportunities advertised to students
  • February 2021: Confirm your internship by this date
  • March 2021: Students begin Masters ICT Internship

PhD industry placements

At Swinburne, we recognise the importance of research and industry collaboration to unlocking innovation potential through research and development.

Swinburne has partnered with Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern to deliver short-term graduate research internships across all disciplines and sectors. It is open to all industry sectors, including 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 the project 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 the PhD industry placements manager to discuss hosting a Swinburne PhD research student. We will 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

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.

Steps to recruiting a student

Arranging a professional placement or internship typically involves the following key steps:

  1. Complete a position description (professional placements) or project description (professional internships) using our template and send it to us.
  2. We will arrange for the faculty to review and approve the project (internships only).
  3. We will advertise the position or 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 a confirmation form (professional placements) or an agreement form (internships) and send it to us.
  9. Email a copy of the signed employment contract (professional placements).

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

Requirements for hosting a 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.

An academic supervisor will also be allocated to the student for the duration of their placement.

All professional 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.

Hosting a student with disabilities?

If your placement student has a disability, we can provide guidance and help you make reasonable adjustments and meet your legal obligations.

Find out more how Swinburne can assist your organisation. 

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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 different ways.

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.

Bachelor of Business Information Technology (Professional)

The Bachelor of Business Information Technology (Professional) offers a unique undergraduate scholarship program.

Students spend 40 weeks 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.

Bachelor of Accounting and Business Information Technology (Professional)

The Bachelor of Accounting and Information Systems Students spend two 20-week periods in the accounting and information systems industries by working with our industry partners. 

They receive an industry-funded scholarship totalling approximately A$40,000, which is paid over the duration of the course.

Contact us to discuss how you can take on scholarship placement students by calling the placements team on +61 3 9214 4577.

If you're a not-for-profit organisation looking for volunteers for your next event or project, we can connect you with our keen students through our Student Life Volunteering Program.

To find out more, email the volunteer placements team at

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    Work with our accreditation placement students

    Swinburne law, education and engineering degrees include a mandatory work placement as a professional accreditation requirement. These occur during the semester and range from 2 – 12 weeks.

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    Apprenticeships and traineeships

    Make Swinburne your trusted training partner and enjoy the benefits of working alongside an institution that has been delivering high-quality vocational courses for more than a century.

Interested in working with a placement student?

Our experienced Professional Placements team can provide expert advice and answer any questions your organisation may have. They'll also help you find a pool of candidates to select for an interview.

Contact us