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Work integrated learning

Tackling your industry challenges and opportunities through real-world work experiences for students.

About the program

Connect with the next generation of STEM thinking by providing our students with real-world learning experiences. Our work integrated learning (WIL) program is a platform for connecting our students with industry experiences where they put theory into practice and gain academic credit.

The Science and Engineering Faculty offers two main types of WIL experiences:

Work placements

Students undertake short-term work placements and use this experience to put theory into practice in a real-world workplace.

Industry-based projects

Students work on an industry-proposed project to produce a real-world outcome. Projects can be based on campus or off campus in the workplace.

Benefits for your organisation

Be future-focused

Connect the next STEM generation into your workplace.

Grow your talent base

Identify potential interns and/or graduate employees for your company.

Upskill your team

Provide professional development opportunities for your staff via mentoring and supervising.

Access QUT experts

Gain access to QUT resources and academic expertise.

Program options

Work placements

What is it?

Students undertake short-term work placements and use this experience to put theory into practice in a real-world workplace.

Students

Second to fourth-year students (depending on discipline).

Duration

Normally 30-60 days.

Commencement

Anytime throughout the year.

Who is involved?

  • the student
  • an industry supervisor.

Industry partner commitments

  • Create a profile on QUT UniHub and advertise placement.
  • Appoint a day-to-day supervisor.
  • Induct the student to workplace expectations.
  • Provide a variety of work tasks and experiences.
  • Sign off on certificate of time worked.

Student contact hours

  • Students need to undertake a certain number of days of work dependant on their studies (normally 30-60 days).
  • Work hours are confirmed with the partner.

Next steps

Contact the Science and Engineering Faculty WIL team to discuss your placement proposal in line with student learning requirements.

Contact our WIL team

Industry-based projects

What is it?

Students work on an industry-proposed project to produce a real world outcome. Projects can be based on campus or off campus in the workplace.

Students

Normally final-year students.

Duration

One semester (half year) or two semesters (full year).

Commencement

During February and July of the academic year.

Who is involved?

  • the student (individual or team)
  • an industry supervisor
  • a QUT academic supervisor.

Industry partner commitments

  • Appoint a project supervisor.
  • Scope project with QUT academic supervisor.
  • Consult and meet with students.
  • Sign off on project deliverables.

Student contact hours

  • One-semester projects require 140 contact hours (approximately 12 hours per week).
  • Two-semester projects require 280 contact hours (approximately 12 hours per week).

Next steps

Contact the Science and Engineering Faculty Industry Liaison team to discuss your project idea and connect with a QUT academic.

Contact our Industry Liaison Team

Insurance provisions

WIL activities can be paid or unpaid and may be negotiated between students and the partner organisation in accordance with the Fair Work Act. We encourage WIL partner organisations to pay participating students an award wage.

We provide insurance for unpaid student placements or projects that are a requirement of their course. Where the placement or project is unpaid, students are unable to work more than the hours agreed. If the student is a paid employee, they will be covered by your organisation’s insurance policies. Students attending your workplace for tours or other activities are covered by your public liability.

Partner agreement

Both QUT and the industry partner will sign a partner agreement contract which covers confidentiality, workplace health and safety, indemnity and insurance. Under Common Law, students personally own any IP they create. However, QUT has mechanisms in place that allow students to license or assign IP to the industry partner.

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