Engaging with industry professionals in the workplace can be an extremely valuable experience that helps you expand your knowledge and develop your skills. An internship is a great opportunity to experience working in the real world and will equip you with the skills to succeed — all while earning credit towards your degree.
Internships are available for selected undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Benefits of undergraduate internships
An internship consists of between 120 hours (minimum) and 140 hours (maximum) of in industry work. You can complete these hours part-time over one semester (one or two days per week, 16 to 19 days total), or as a full-time intensive block in summer or winter. Both options are part of an academic unit with online submissions.
At Swinburne, our internships give you the chance to:
- observe and participate in real projects and day-to-day work, under the guidance of industry professionals
- develop professional and practical skills in your field
- understand what it means to apply your knowledge in a real work setting.
Can you do an overseas internship?
Professional Internships are available to undergraduate students and are taken as an elective unit. At Swinburne, we also offer overseas internships to give students industry experience in international organisations.
Internship course credit
An internship is an academic unit with assessment linked to your work in industry. Your assessment is progressive throughout the internship and linked directly to your learning experience in the industry. Your first assessment is an ‘Internship Plan’ where you will have the opportunity to outline your learning aims and objectives for this unit.
Other assessments include check ins, reflective practice and writing that links academic theory to the world of work. The unit is an elective unit worth 12.5 credit points.
For local students, you may add this unit as an extra unit on top of your course if you do not have a free elective.
Read our student testimonials to find out how internships have helped our students kick-start their careers.
Eligibility, payment, and fees
As a student at Swinburne, you may be eligible for an undergraduate internship if:
- you are in a course that has a Professional Internship as an accredited study option
- you have completed a minimum of 150 credit points in your degree, or in the last semester of your degree have a minimum of one unit of study plus the Professional Internship unit remaining to complete your degree
- you have an elective unit free in your study plan
- you have a weighted course average of 60% or higher.
Selection for an internship may include an interview with one of our industry partners.
Note: domestic and international students studying through Swinburne Online (SOL) or Open Universities Australia (OUA) are not eligible for an internship.
Payment for internships
Internships are normally unpaid.
Students will be charged a standard unit tuition fee for the Professional Internship unit.
Insurance and Fair Work Act
Swinburne students who undertake a Professional Internship unit will be covered by Swinburne’s Public Liability insurance policy. All internships will comply with the Australian Government’s Fair Work guidelines for unpaid internships.
If you have a disability or ongoing health issue and are undertaking a placement or internship, Swinburne offers a range of disability support services. Contact the team at AccessAbility.
Swinburne also offers overseas internships to give students industry experience in international organisations. Overseas internships are relevant to your field of study, and are usually unpaid opportunities. Find out more about our overseas internships.
How to apply for an internship
- register your interest
- your eligibility will be confirmed within 1-3 days
- if you are eligible, you will be added to the Career Start module to assist you with your CV and cover letter writing as well as interview skills
- once Career Start has been successfully completed you will be provided access to view and apply for relevant internship opportunities
- you will be required to attend an on-campus induction lecture prior to starting your internships.
Register for the undergraduate Professional Internship program
Registration for the undergraduate Professional Internship program is now open. Click below to register.
The ICT and Information Systems Analysis and Management Internship is a postgraduate internship opportunity that runs in each semester and starts in the first week of the semester.
This postgraduate internship projects includes assessments and work placements within approved organisations for 2 days per week over a 12-week semester period. You can apply for postgraduate internship projects in the final semester of Masters studies.
However, you should:
- Register your interest in the semester prior to becoming eligible
- Meet the eligibility criteria
- Attend a Faculty pre-internship interview.
Then gain access to available Internships released via InPlace.
Typical projects may include (but are not limited to):
- Business Analysis
- Systems Analysis
- iOS Development
- Android Development
- Web Development
Internship projects are credit-bearing. Assessments may include:
- Weekly work log and time sheet
- Project presentation at host organisation
- Software requirements specification document (for ICT80004 only)
- Preliminary plan, progress report and final report (INF80005/INF80022)
- Report and project deliverables to the host organisation
To be eligible for the ICT and Information Systems Analysis and Management Postgraduate Internship, students should:
- Be approaching final semester of an approved degree
- Master of Business Information Systems
- Master of Information Technology
- Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing)
- Master of Information Technology Project Management
- Master of Technology (IT)
- Master of Science (Network Systems)
- Master of Engineering Science (Network Systems and Telecommunications)
- Master of Information Technology Business Analysis
- Maintain at least a 60% average
- Have failed no more than one unit in the preceding semester
- Pass a faculty pre-internship interview
- Be available to undertake an interview with the host organisation prior to commencing internship
- Possess strong communication skills as well as technical and theoretical knowledge applicable to the ICT industry
- Must have a free elective to enable enrolment in the internship unit
Internship Projects depend on industry demand and are released in the semester prior to internship through InPlace access.
Successful interns are selected by host organisations, usually following an interview. Factors which may affect success include prior work experience, academic record, as well as attitude, career objectives and communication styles.
Completion of Career Start (and any associated workshop) is highly recommended to assist students with applications.