Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at UNSW refers to student work learning experiences that are supported by the university with professional development and reflective practice, to enhance the student experience and employer outcomes. WIL is the next step in the journey towards your career. Getting industry experience while studying provides you with practical skills that will greatly improve your chances of getting the job you want when you graduate.

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences has a range of WIL opportunities, from traditional placements to online project-based internships. We work with industry partners to create placements in Australia and overseas that you can undertake as a Free or Prescribed Elective, a Core Course in your Program, or a Course towards your Major.

Gain your competitive edge and choose an opportunity that will fast-track your career!

Benefits of Work Integrated Learning

  • Gain credit towards your degree
  • Develop essential soft skills including communication, team-work, time management, confidence and problem-solving (PDF)
  • Strengthen your CV
  • Apply theory to real life situation
  • Gain real-word and practical experience in everyday work life and industry culture
  • Build professional networks
  • Gain a competitive edge as an entrepreneur or a job-seeker in a dynamic market


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School of Education

School of Education_WIL

Professional Experience is a central component of all your pre-service Education programs at UNSW and ensures that theory and practice are integrated within your coursework. The UNSW School of Education works closely with schools to guarantee you as a teacher education student can demonstrate the National Teaching Standards.

WIL opportunities in Education:

Undergraduate Professional Experience (80 days)

Postgraduate Professional Experience (65 days)

School of Humanities & Languages

School of HAL_WIL

Undertaking an internship while studying Humanities and Languages at UNSW gives you the opportunity to apply the skills you are learning in the classroom. You could graduate with real-world experience in translating and interpreting, history, philosophy, literature, languages and culture, and more!

WIL opportunities in Humanities & Languages:

School of Social Sciences

School of SOSS_WIL

WIL opportunities in the School of Social Sciences evolve from ongoing discussions with industry partners and practitioners, and provide a supportive transition into the workplace for our students. They provide you with a chance to put your policy, research and people skills into action and to develop a portfolio based on your real-world work experiences.

WIL opportunities in Social Sciences:

Social Work placements

Social Research & Policy placement

Development Studies internships

Arts & Social Sciences Internship

Criminology Work Integrated Learning Placement

School of Arts & Media

School of SAM_WIL

An Arts and Media internship allows you to gain experience while combining theoretical, practical and creative approaches. You could graduate with real-world experience in performing arts, film, television and digital media, just to name a few!

WIL opportunities in Arts and Media:

Arts & Media internship courses

Arts & Social Sciences Internship

Contact Us

At UNSW Arts & Social Sciences we encourage all our students to take advantage of our WIL opportunities. If you are concerned that you may not be able to participate in one of our WIL programs due to a health condition or personal circumstance, UNSW offers a range of support services that may be able to assist.

Please visit the UNSW Support & Developmentfor more information or contact the Faculty’s WIL

For general Arts Internships, Arts & Media Internships, Humanities & Languages Internships and Criminology Internships, please contact the WIL Team, via to express your interest in undertaking a degree credit WIL course.

For Social Work Placements, please contact the WIL Team via

For Education Placements, please contact the WIL Team via

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