Work Integrated Learning
Employers value graduates with workplace experience
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is the integration of educational theory and workplace experience. La Trobe's WIL program provides students with a valuable opportunity to gain relevant real-life work experience and build professional industry networks.
Graduates who can apply their university learning to solve real world problems and challenges are in demand by employers. Our WIL internship and work placement programs are designed to make it easier to find work at the completion of your degree.
La Trobe's WIL program benefits
- boosts graduate employability
- builds professional networks
- develops work-ready skills
- helps inform career choices
- improves confidence on entering into the workforce
- integrates theory into practice
- offers local, domestic and international opportunities
- provides course credits
- teaches professional work practices.
Disciplines that incorporate WIL into their subjects
- Event Management
- Legal Studies
- Service Learning in the Community
- Sports Management
- Strategic Communications
- Tourism and Hospitality
- Urban Planning and Development.
WIL is available for 27 subjects within the college of ASSC (excluding education).
1000 students enrolled in WIL subjects in 2017.
Bachelor of Business (Event Management/Tourism Management)
Events Internship – The Smith Family (Fundraising Events Assistant for Around the Bay 2015)
What skills did you learn from your La Trobe internship?
"My internship taught me about working as a team towards a common goal and how to negotiate. I felt like a valued member of the team from the outset and gained confidence in expressing my ideas and opinions. I particularly enjoyed the experience of the event itself and seeing everyone's hard work come together."
Was the internship beneficial to your career planning?
"The whole experience has reinforced my desire to work as an event manager and to take advantage of both volunteering and work opportunities. In fact, I enjoyed my internship so much that I plan on returning to help out with the Around the Bay 2016."
Bachelor of Strategic Communication
Internship – Socom (Fairer Funding campaign)
How has this experience helped you prepare for other jobs?
I was lucky enough to land a job at Socom following my internship, which I was over the moon about. I still refer back to the work I did when I was interning. Often we have been working on a project or campaign where I draw on that experience.
Would you recommend your La Trobe internship to other students?
"Absolutely. I think it is one of the most valuable things you can do at university. The practical skills you acquire are incredibly important. But also, it gives you the opportunity to try something and work out whether it might be the path you want to take. And if you're really lucky like me, it might even lead to a job."