Internships and Work Integrated Learning
Internships - La Trobe Business School
Employers value students with workplace experience. They value students who can apply their university learning to solve real world problems and challenges.
La Trobe School of Business offers a variety of practical learning opportunities to give you a competitive edge in the job market. These include:
- internships and other types of Work Integrated Learning (WIL), or
- Experience Based Learning (ExBL).
What are Internships and Work Integrated Learning?
Internships and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) are the integration of educational theory and workplace experience. Simply put, they are about placing you in a workplace so that you can apply what you've learned at university in a real workplace, increasing your employability.
Internship and WIL subjects
Internship and WIL subjects involve you spending a defined amount of time within a workplace for educational purposes. You'll generally spend between 100 – 200 hours in the workplace and will be expected to complete assessments based on your experience.
We offer a broad range of internship and WIL options:
What is Experience Based Learning?
Experience Based Learning (ExBL) allows you to explore theory-based concepts in a way that's relevant to real industry problems. However, it doesn't necessarily occur in the workplace. For example, you could attend guest lectures or go on field visits instead of being in the workplace
We offer a range of Experience Based Learning opportunities.
This refers to teaching practices which relate your learning experience to the skills and knowledge of the relevant industry. Industry-related learning can occur with or without direct contact with the industry. One example of industry-related experience with industry contact is guest lectures. An example of industry-related learning without industry contact includes the use of case studies.
A La Trobe example - Social Entrepreneurship: The Big Idea (MGT2SEB)
The Big Idea is a subject that offers various forms of industry-related learning. You can collaborate with other students to design a social enterprise as part of the Big Idea competition, which is run in conjunction with The Big Issue.
You develop a business plan and presentation "pitch". The best of these represent La Trobe in the Big Idea competition, alongside other Australian universities. The diverse subject content is delivered via a combination of lectures, webinars and tutorials. You also have the opportunity to engage with business leaders and social entrepreneurs outside of uni throughout the judging process and at events.
Mentoring and shadowing
Mentoring refers to a personal developmental relationship where a more experienced person in industry helps a less experienced person, such as a student. Mentoring can be an informal or formal process.
Shadowing provides you with an opportunity to increase your knowledge, skills and understanding of a particular job role through first hand observation.
Simulations seek to copy a real life workplace or work project in terms of its tasks and culture. Within the university learning environment, you will be involved in simulations to replicate real world operations and conduct yourself within a simulated business-related environment.
Enactus is a good example of how simulation learning can work. Enactus is an international network of students, academics and business leaders working in partnership with business and higher education. University students around the world use the knowledge gained in the classroom to address business, social, environmental and economic issues in their community.
Our guest lecturers are chosen because they are considered to be an expert in their field. By attending guest lectures, your learning experience is enhanced, as the guest lecturer brings added knowledge and a different perspective to your discipline than what is taught during normal lecture or tutorial time.
We use guest lecturing across a range of programs.
With problem-based learning, you may work in teams or as an individual. Thinking laterally, communicating and networking teaches you to work through problems with others. The problems are generally problems you may encounter in the workplace.
Study tours and field visits
Study tours and field visits allow you to observe and ask questions of professional and industry practitioners in the workplace, giving you an authentic learning experience that links theory with practice. They also provide a link to your chosen profession that is often not available in the class room.
Study tours, particularly those conducted overseas, allow for a block mode approach. Field visits built into the curriculum take place over a semester or longer.
What students say
'Practical learning gave me experience in leading a project team and offered a real insight into the project management process. These are key skills in the industry that I was able to discuss and demonstrate [in my successful job interview] because of my WIL experience.' Sally Hiller
'Having done the practicum, I can now say I have experience in the field as a junior consultant. That is an invaluable achievement to have listed on any CV'. Natasha Rus
'Apart from the fact that it gets you out of the classroom and into a workplace, it provides a great insight into the industry that you will eventually end up in. You can only learn so much from the classroom before you need to step out and trial yourself in a practical setting.' Tom Francavilla
Learn more about how you can boost your studies through practical learning.
- Practical Learning Student Guide] [PDF 5.3MB]
- Experience Based Learning Testimonials [PDF 1.1MB]
- WIL Case Study [PDF 1.5MB]