Professional placements

Undergraduate students in most Swinburne courses have the opportunity to undertake a 12 month Professional Placement Co-major or a 6 month Professional Placement Minor as an integrated feature of their course.

The co-major and minor includes a full-time paid work placement for 6 or 12 months that allows students to apply their discipline learnings from university in industry, develop their employability skills and understand the professional world of work. The Professional Placement will extend the duration of the standard undergraduate degree by up to 12 months. Swinburne has a number of partnerships with leading companies who offer opportunities to undertake a placement relevant to your course of study.

Incorporating a professional placement into your course is optional, and it 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 self-management
  • explore your career options
  • network with colleagues and potential employers.

Read testimonials from some of our placement students.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a professional placement, 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 placements program.

Enrolment, fees and course credit

Professional placements is an academic program, and as such all fees for local students can be deferred via HECS-HELP. 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 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 working and learning in industry, academic submissions, workplace reflection and industry feedback to support this learning. The 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 permitted.

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

All fees are HECS-HELP deferrable.

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

See Coursesearch for course rule variations for each course.

Standard undergraduate degree extended by 6 months.

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 Major will be subject to a variation in their course rules which includes additional credit points for course completion.

See Coursesearch for course rule variations for each course.

Standard undergraduate degree extended by 12 months.

*Eligible local students can still complete a placement if you have no spare electives.

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.

Process

  1. Register your interest by completing the 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 available placement opportunities.
  4. Apply for all opportunities that match your interests and attend interviews.
  5. If successful, confirm that you have secured a placement by emailing the Professional Placements team.

Securing a professional placement is a competitive process and will rely on the quality of your CV, cover letter, academic record, interview and folio (where applicable). In addition, each employer 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 professional placement, and your employment contract is directly between you and your host organisation.

There are two placement intakes each year:

Intake Registration Commencement

Semester 1

August

November to February

Semester 2

April

June to August

Insurance

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

Support network

While on placement, you are still considered a full-time student and have access to all support offerings of the university.

You will receive support from your academic and industry supervisor. You can also reach out to these services:

Who? What? Where?

Professional Placements

Placement process

Email: profplacements@swin.edu.au

Call: +61 (03) 9214 4577

Drop-in sessions:

Every Tuesday in the library, 1:30pm – 2:30pm.

Every Thursday in the SPS Building, Ground Floor, 3pm – 4pm.

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

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Duration

Professional placements are full-time positions undertaken for either 6 or 12 months, depending on the roles available.

Undertaking a placement will extend the total duration of your degree.

Course credit

  • 25 credit points may be earned towards your degree, provided you have two spare electives
  • if sufficient electives are not available, eligible local students will still be allowed to enrol and complete a placement
  • enrolment in ‘Work Experience in Industry A’ and ‘Integrated Professional Placement A’ for a 6-month placement
  • further enrolment in ‘Work Experience in Industry B’ and ‘Integrated Professional Placement B’ for a 12-month placement
  • as students undertake a full-time study load while on a professional placement, overloading by enrolling into additional units of study is not permitted.

Fees

Local Students

Local students will be charged a tuition fee for the Professional Placement units (each unit is 25 credit points). This will vary depending on the study area and duration of the placement. A one-off placement fee of $1500 will also be charged to local students only.

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 should expect to pay up to 1 years extra tuition fee on top of their standard course fees.

Payment

You will be paid as part of your professional placement. Pay is at industry award rates applicable to the sector in which you are undertaking the placement.