Placements

A placement is your chance to fully immerge yourself in an organisation and gain real industry experience that will generate real outcomes for your future.

As an undergraduate student at Swinburne, you will likely have the opportunity to do a 6-month Professional Placement minor or a 12-month Professional Placement co-major as an integrated feature of your course.

Accreditation placements

Some degrees in Education, Engineering, Health and Law require you to complete an accreditation placement as a compulsory part of your course. These types of placements are slightly different to other placements.

Benefits of doing a placement at Swinburne

By undertaking the 6- or 12-month placement, you will get the opportunity to apply all that you have learned at university in an industry relevant to your course of study.

As well as developing your employability and problem-solving skills, gaining valuable experience and getting paid, a placement also gives you the chance to:

  • contextualise your university studies in practice
  • build your employability skills and capabilities
  • reflect on and learn from workplace experiences
  • develop broader professional skills such as communication, teamwork and time-management
  • explore your career options
  • network with colleagues and potential employers.

The Professional Placement will extend the duration of the standard undergraduate degree by up to 12 months, and there are two placement intakes each year:

  • Intake 1: Semester 1, register in August commencement in November – February
  • Intake 2: Semester 2, register in April commencement in June – August

Note: If you wish to register for Semester 1 2020, register your interest in Semester 2 2019.
All students should be registered at least 6 months prior to semester start.

Placement eligibility

To be eligible for a placement at Swinburne, you must:

  • be a local or international undergraduate student enrolled in a standard three- or four-year degree program
  • have a weighted course average of 60.0% or higher
  • have completed a minimum of 12 units/150 credit points in your degree and have a minimum of 3 units/37.5 credit points remaining at the completion of the placement.

Students studying through Swinburne Online (SOL) or Open Universities Australia (OUA) are not eligible to participate in the Professional Placement program.

 

How to apply for a placement

  1. Register your interest by completing the online form and your eligibility will be confirmed via email within 3 working days.
  2. You will be added to Career Start, a compulsory online module designed to support students completing placements, internships and other Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities.
  3. When you have completed Career Start, you will be provided access to view and apply for relevant placement opportunities.
  4. Apply for opportunities that are relevant to your course of study and attend interviews.
  5. If successful, you will be enrolled in the relevant unit and be required to attend an induction lecture on campus prior to starting your placement. You will also be allocated a discipline-specific Academic Supervisor to support your learning throughout your placement.

Securing a placement is a competitive process and will rely on the quality of your CV, cover letter, academic record, interview and portfolio (where applicable). In addition, each organisation will have a slightly different interview and screening process that may involve job interviews, group assessments and other tasks.

You will be paid as part of your placement, and your employment contract is directly between you and your host organisation.

There are two placement intakes each year:

  • Semester 1.
    To apply for the Semester 1 intake, you will have to register in August for commencement from November to February.

  • Semester 2.
    To apply for the Semester 2 intake, you will have to register in April for commencement from June to August.

Placements are not guaranteed

Although you may be eligible, apply, and attend interviews, you still may not receive a placement offer. Placements are highly competitive. Placements are based on a quality CV and cover letter, personal presentation, academic record, interview, assessment activities and portfolio (if relevant).

Placement course credit, enrolment and fees

The Professional Placement co-major and minor are work integrated learning opportunities where students learn and engage with their academic content throughout the placement.

This placement experience is a full-time study load that supports an integrated approach to learning with a combination of learning in industry, academic submissions, workplace reflection and industry feedback to support this learning.

Placements are full-time, and the units are delivered online and in partnership with your Swinburne academic supervisor and your industry supervisor. As students undertake a full-time study load while on a professional placement, overloading by enrolling into additional units of study is not usually permitted.

Note: eligible local students can still complete a placement if you have no spare electives.

Enrolment and fees

Enrolling in a Professional Placement co-major or minor will change the structure and completion requirements of your degree and will extend your degree by up to 12 months. The Professional Placement is an academic program, and all fees for local students can be deferred via HECS-HELP.

Type of placement Duration Required units of study Fees Course modifications*

Minor

6 months

Work Experience in Industry A (25 credit points).

Integrated Professional Placement A (25 credit points).

Standard tuition fees to the value of 25 credit points + one-off placement administration fee of $1500. 

All fees are HECS-HELP deferrable.

Students enrolling in the Professional Placement Minor will be subject to a variation in their course rules which includes additional credit points for course completion.

In most courses, an additional 50 credit points are added to the course for the minor, extending the duration of a course by 6 months. Students will also earn 12.5 credit points towards their course for completion of the minor, if the course has a spare elective.

See Coursesearch for course rule variations for each course.

Co-major

12 months

Work Experience in Industry A (25 credit points).

Integrated Professional Placement A (25 credit points).

Work Experience in Industry B (25 credit points).

Integrated Professional Placement B (25 credit points).

Standard tuition fees to the value of 50 credit points + one-off placement administration fee of $1500.

All fees are HECS-HELP deferrable.

Students enrolling in the Professional Placement Co-Major will be subject to a variation in their course rules which includes additional credit points for course completion.

In most courses, an additional 100 credit points are added to the course for the co-major, extending the duration of a course by 12 months. Students will also earn 25 credit points towards their course for completion of the co-major, if the course has spare electives.

See Coursesearch for course rule variations for each course. 

International students

International students

International students who successfully gain a placement will need to transfer to a corresponding professional degree. Upon transferring to this degree international students must complete a 12-month placement and should expect to pay 1 years extra tuition fee on top of their standard course fees. Students need to ensure that they seek reputable advice regarding the extension of their visa.

Insurance

Placement insurance

Students who undertake a professional placement are classified as full-time students completing an academic program and are covered by Swinburne’s Public Liability insurance.


Support network for placement students

While on a placement, you are still considered a full-time student of Swinburne and will still have access to all of our support services at the university.

As well as your academic and industry supervisors, you can also reach out to these services for further support:

Who? What? Where?

Professional Placements

Placement process

Email: profplacements@swin.edu.au

Call: +61 (03) 9214 4577

Drop-in sessions happen during semester at the Library:

Every Tuesday 2pm – 3pm

Every Thursday 10am – 11am

studentHQ

Any enrolment, course enquiries, fees

studentHQ website

Careers and Employability

Career, resume and interview advice

Jobs and careers

AccessAbility services

If you have a disability, medical condition or mental illness and are undertaking a placement, it is recommended you contact the AccessAbility team before you commence.

AccessAbility Services

Register for a placement

Develop your employability skills, gain valuable work experience and get paid with a placement from Swinburne. Register your interest for a placement now.


Student Testimonials

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