Professional Opportunities

Professional opportunities allow you to gain real world experience within, or alongside, your degree. It gives you the chance to put the theory you’ve been learning into practice.

Internships/ Vocational placement

As an Arts & Social Sciences student at UNSW, you will have the option to enrol in a degree credit vocational placement course during your second or third year.

The internship/vocational placement structure is flexible and can be tailored to fit alongside your other courses. Our vocational placement coordinator will work closely with you to try to find a role and organisation that is a good match for your personal and academic interests.

Some of the places our students have completed vocational placement include

  • Channel Nine
  • Macquarie Legal Centre
  • Bauer Media
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival
  • Department of Family & Community Services
  • Burson-Marsteller
  • Juvenile Justice
  • 1 Million Women
  • Corrective Services NSW

For more information, please contact the Program Manager Zarni Jaugietis at

Practice based learning

Practice based learning is the incorporation of practical work into your traditionally theory based subjects and is incorporated into all our undergraduate degrees.

Practice based learning may include the following:

  • theorising about real events and providing solutions
  • conducting research studies
  • putting together professional portfolios
  • producing performance texts like a plays, exhibitions or video projects

Field placements

Our professionally accredited degrees have compulsory field placements within them to make sure you have the practical skills you need to enter the profession straight after your degree.

  • Bachelor of Social Work: You must undertake 140 days placement in an agency either in Australia or overseas.
  • Bachelor of Education: You will spend up to 80 days in a supervised teaching environment in at least two secondary schools during third and fourth year.