Placements

General Placement Information

Important! SHE3FRW is a self-sourced subject. This means that you will be expected to source your own placement in order to participate. The below lists are intended to provide you with some starting points and ideas.

Watch the below YouTube video to get some more information about the placement component of SHE3FRW.

Before you start sourcing your placement

Before you start sourcing your placement

Finding a placement is similar to job hunting and most students find that it’s a great confidence building and networking exercise in its own right.

Career Ready staff are available to show you how to go about finding your own placement. They can:

  • show you how to find companies in your area of study
  • help you with what to say on the phone
  • help you prepare your CV.

Some employers may want to interview you before accepting you for placement. Career Ready can help you prepare for the interview, including conducting a mock (practice) interview with you. You can also use the Big Interview web resources to practice your interview skills.

When contacting employers, you need to explain that:

  • The placement includes 100 – 140 hours of placement in the workplace
  • The hours must be completed within the semester teaching weeks
  • Ideally, the work that you will be doing on placement must be a genuine learning opportunity, with a defined beginning and end point. Please check in with your Subject Coordinator if you are unsure that what you are sourcing will be suitable.
  • A simple 2-page WIL Agreement will need to be signed between the employer and the University before placement can start. The WIL Agreement is a legal agreement between the Employer and the University and ensures you are insured while attending your placement.

When searching for placements, pay attention to any qualifications or skills required by the Employer. Any travel or accommodation costs associated with the placement will not be covered by the University – they must be paid by you. All students will be covered by the La Trobe University Insurance Policy.

Previous hosts - approved for student contact

Previous hosts - approved for student contact

The following list of organisations have advised the University that they are happy to be contacted this year, however we cannot guarantee that they will have a project that is suitable for you. This list is intended as a guide only, and it is absolutely fine to contact organisations not on this list.

Interview: Please be aware that most host organisations will want to interview you prior to offering you a placement. This is a normal part of the process. We strongly recommend that you contact the Career Ready team, who will be able to assist you in preparing your CV and cover letter, as well as preparing for your interview.

Contacting organisations: It is best to start with a phone call, and follow up with an email if necessary. Some helpful tips:

  • Be ready! Ask to speak with he person who organizes student placements, and know that you want to say when they pick up the phone. It is also a great idea to have a list of bullet points with the placement requirements prepared before you start contacting organisation.
  • Research! If you are contacting an organisatio, read through their website carefully. Be ready to talk about why you are interested in the organisation. Are they doing research that interests you? Are you interested in how the company performs in relation to their competitors? Be able to talk about why you want to do your placement with this organisation (rather than just anywhere).
  • Write it down! Have a pen and a piece of paper ready so that you can write down any information you are given (e.g. phone numbers, or the name of the person that you have been speaking with). This information will be helpful when you follow up.
  • Be persistent! You may need to call a number of organisations before you get a positive response. Don't take it personally, and try to keep positive. If you are asked to call back, be sure to ask when is a good time to call.
Company NameDiscipline AreaLocationContact Details
Agrifood TechnologyScience (Chemistry)WerribeeRefer to Current Opportunities tab
Alice Springs Desert ParkConservation / BioSciencesAlice Springs (NT)Click to view online
Australia ZooAnimal & Veterinary / ConservationBeerwah (QLD)Refer to Current Opportunities tab
Bundoora Veterinary ClinicAnimal & VeterinaryBundooraClick to view online
Discovery Science & Technology CentreScience - AllBendigoClick to view online
EnviroPacificScience (Chemistry)Notting HillClick to view online
Greyhound Adoption ProgramAnimal & VeterinarySeymourClick to view online
Rizo DesertsFood Technology / NutritionCampbellfieldClick to view online
St John's AmbulanceHealth SciencesVarious LocationsClick to view online
Victorian Government - VariousVariousVarious LocationsClick to view online

Organisations with defined / ongoing placement programs

Organisations with defined / ongoing placement programs

Some organisations have their own set placement programs which are run every year. They generally have their own placement application process, and placements with these organisations can sometimes be highly competitive.

IMPORTANT: The below programs may be options that you can consider for your self-sourced placement. They are not University-sourced (advertised) placements. These are external programs run by the listed organisation. As such, individual projects may not align with the subject requirements for SHE3FRW. You will need to check to make sure that the program will fit your subject requirements for SHE3FRW before confirming your placement. It is extremely important to check:

  1. When does this program run? Will it align with the dates for SHE3FRW?
  2. How many hours are involved? Does the project involve 100-140 hours?

Due to hiring restrictions some organisations may have additional application criteria, for example: some government departments are only able to accept applications from Australian citizens.

Company / Organisation Name

Program Name (if applicable)

Opening Date

Closing Date

Placement Timing

More Information

Biomedical Research Victoria

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

2018 applications closed - check for 2019 opportunities

2018 applications closed - check for 2019 opportunities

Next Year (2019)

Click Here

CSIRO

Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships

TBC - check website from July 2018

TBC - check website from July 2018

Summer

Click here

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science: National Measurement Institute

Student Opportunities - Various

Various - see website

Various - see website

Semester 2 & Summer

Click Here

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

University Vacation Program

TBC - check website from July 2018

TBC - check website from July 2018

Summer

Click Here

Dolphin Research Institute

Volunteer & Internship program

ongoing

ongoing

Semester 2 & Summer

Click here

Healesville Sanctuary

Volunteer

August 2018

TBC

Semester 2 & Summer

Click Here

Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Volunteer & Vacation Programs available

TBC - check website

TBC - check website

Semester 2 & Summer

Click here

Kyabram Fauna Park

Volunteer

ongoing

ongoing

Semester 2 & Summer

Click here

Melbourne Zoo

Volunteer

Open Now

June 2018

Semester 2 & Summer

Click Here

Museums Victoria

Student Projects

n/a - check page for current opportunities

n/a - check page for current opportunities

n/a - check page for current opportunities

Click Here

Peter Mac

Summer Scholarship Program (Research)

July 2018

6 August 2018

Summer

Click Here

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Horticultural Internship Program

Various - see website

Various - see website

Semester 2 & Summer

Click Here

Victorian Government - All departments contact information for placement queries

Generic contact list, contact area of interest for details

n/a

n/a

n/a

Click Here

Walter & Eliza Hall Institute - Undergraduate Placement

Undergraduate Placements - General

Open Now

N/A

Semester 2 & Summer

Click Here

Walter & Eliza Hall Institute - Vacation Scholarship

Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships

TBC

Early October

Summer

Click Here

Advertised Placements

Advertised Placements

From time to time, we are contacted by employers offering placement opportunities. The following placements are currently available, and we encourage interested students to apply.  More placements will be advertised here after 5 September 2018.

Company Name

Discipline Area

Location

Timing

Project Description / Find out more

Australia Zoo

Animal & Veterinary BioSciences / Conservation

Beerwah (QLD)

Summer

Read the Position Description and then complete the Online Application Form.  Note that you will need to be interviewed by phone or Skype by Australia Zoo.
Bush Heritage AustraliaScience (environmental)Melbourne (VIC)SummerRead the Position Description and then complete the Online Application Form. Potential candidates may be interviewed in person or by phone by Bush Heritage Australia.
Bush Heritage AustraliaScience (environmental)Melbourne (VIC)SummerRead the Position Description and then complete the Online Application Form. Potential candidates may be interviewed in person or by phone by Bush Heritage Australia.*Note that Project with Bush Heritage Australia differs from the one above.
     
     
     

If you are unsure whether an advertised opportunity is going to be suitable for you, please get in touch with the Work Integrated Learning team to discuss SHEWorkIntegratedLearning@latrobe.edu.au

Information for Regional Students - the Regional Reward program

The Regional Reward Program

The Regional Reward program allows students who are studying at regional campuses to access additional support in sourcing a placement. If you are unable to self-source a placement, the Experiential Learning team will work with you to source a placement based on the information you have provided in this form.

You can submit an expression of interest form by clicking on the link on the "How to Apply" page.

Click here to find out more about the Regional Reward.

Funding

Funding

Round 3 of the La Trobe Employment Grants will be open for applications from 27 August and will close 28 September for students undertaking placement within the summer 1 enrolment period. 

Grants are of $1000 or $2000 and are awarded according to financial hardship.

Eligibility
  • be enrolled as a domestic undergraduate student
  • be undertaking a placement subject as part of your course
  • be enrolled in an undergraduate placement subject that commences within the enrolment period of Summer 1 2018
  • meet criteria for financial disadvantage
  • students undertaking more than one placement are only eligible to receive one employment grant per academic year.

Additional information: La Trobe Employment Grants

Students undertaking elective placement subjects are strongly encouraged to apply for employment grants.

Previous student placement experiences

In past years students have undertaken placements in a wide variety of settings. Some of the organisations our students have worked with include:

  • Australia Zoo
  • Alice Springs Desert Park
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • Discovery Science & Technology Centre (Bendigo)
  • EnviroPacific
  • Greyhound Adoption Program
  • HeadSpace
  • Murray Primary Health Network
  • MyDNA Life
  • Rizo Deserts