Internships and work experience

La Trobe University's Humanities and Social Sciences offers a wide range of work integrated learning opportunities across our courses.

Our internship program has been running for over 12 years and has been very successful in matching and placing hundred of students in organisations in a range of areas, including:

  • International relations
  • Crime, justice and legal studies
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Strategic communication
  • Sport journalism
  • Creative arts
  • Urban, rural and environmental planning. 


  • Melbourne WebFest internships

Humanities and Social Sciences students are the media team behind international web series festival Melbourne WebFest. 

  • SBS World Cup journalism internships

Six final-year journalism students from Humanities and Social Sciences are busy developing and producing content on the World Cup at SBS.


Our students gain valuable experience by developing their professional and personal skills, as well as an appreciation of working with diversity and understanding workplace culture. Our students graduate better prepared for the workforce.

Student experiences

Andrew Cooper, International relations

'My internship was with Red Cross Climate Centre where I undertook a research project. Within a few weeks of starting work, they flew to me Fiji to present the research to a conference! Not only did I have to build my skills to present at the forum, I was offered an insight into the inner workings of the development industry. I also got the chance to network with professionals across the Pacific to kickstart my career!'

Aubrey Hamlett, Media

'I did an internship with the Melbourne Storm in their digital media unit. I was conducting the live chat on grand final day and I reached over 3,000 fans, rugby league fans, Storm fans, NRL fans. The internship subject was an integral part of my degree and I would recommend it to all students.'

Laura Bradley, Urban rural and environmental planning

'Interning with Goulburn-Murray Water exposed me to a variety of jobs. I was seeing real planning applications, maps, title plans, and other documents that I'd never dealt with before but will be dealing with right throughout my career. Straight away I was learning just by really looking at the information in front of me. They were real life cases of everything I had been taught at Uni.'

Sean Marsicovetere, Journalism (Honours)

'I completed my internship in the Channel TEN newsroom in 2009. The week was predominately spent with reporters on the road gathering and writing stories for that night's news bulletin. It was a chance to observe how the daily news cycle operates.

Although I was already working a couple of days a week at Channel NINE as a researcher I wanted to gain as much experience as possible so I accepted the internship at TEN. Two months later, the News Editor at TEN rang me and offered me a casual Production Assistant position and from there I was able to move up the ranks to Producer for TEN News and then eventually move to The Project as the program's Line-Up Producer in 2012.

The on the job experience that the internship at TEN provided me was invaluable.'

Jess Santiago, Legal studies

'Having an interest in prosecutions specifically I applied for and gained an opportunity to be an intern at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, Melbourne Office. By shadowing prosecutors to and from the courts and being able to see what they do on a daily bases I knew that this was an area of the law that I wanted to work in and was passionate about. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity as it allowed me to learn and contribute in a professional environment.'


We are proud of our strong connections with industry and value your commitment to our program. Our Industry partners include non-government agencies, federal and state governnment departments, large corporations and small businesses.

Benefits for industry include:

  • new ideas and approaches for your workplace
  • opportunity for a dedicated resource for a specific project
  • recruitment –opportunities with our top after they graduate.

Industry partner experiences

Kirk Goodsell, Programming, Manager Channel 31

'C31 is a community TV station that runs on tight resources and limited staff so the support that La Trobe university students provide to our production, ingest and traffic departments during their internship is invaluable and greatly appreciated. I am pleased to say that all your interns displayed a motivated, enthusiastic, positive and efficient work ethic, were quick to learn new skills, and successfully executed these skills independently. I would highly recommend your La Trobe interns to any future employer within the media industry.'

Nick Richardson, Editorial Training Manager, The Herald and Weekly Times

'The internship program provides The Herald & Weekly Times with access to some of the keenest multimedia journalism talents available. Our newsrooms are constantly evolving; the La Trobe journalism students who come to us help us plot the future shape of our industry.'

John O'Callaghan, Executive Director, Australian Industry Group Defence Council

'I have had the pleasure of hosting a dozen interns from La Trobe during the past two years. They have made a substantial contribution to the national security policy debate, with a strong focus on the role of defence industry in supporting the Australian Defence Force. Each of these intelligent, motivated interns were articulate, provided valuable insights from their detailed research, and offered policy options for useful consideration by Defence Council members.'

More information?

Work Integrated Learning Coordinator