Placements

General Placement Information

SHE3FRW is a self-sourced placement 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.

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.

Explaining Future Ready for Work to a potential host organisation

When self-sourcing a placement, you might find yourself needing to explain to a potential placement organisation how the subject works, what the placement involves, and the ways in which they can benefit by hosting you.

In your discussions with a possible host, this SHE3FRW industry flyer [PDF 1.95 MB] will help you to answer their questions.

Purpose of placement

Whether your placement is self-sourced or university-sourced, it is important that your pre-placement discussions with a proposed host organisation include clarity on the purpose of the experience.

Placement shouldPlacement should not
Be related to your field of studyInvolve purely repetitious or menial tasks
Have a defined project with an agreed end point or outcomeLack opportunities to learn new skills or to be challenged
Be focused on your learning as a student and as a personBe viewed as an employment relationship
Take you out of your comfort zone and expand your networks

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 organisation, 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
Alice Springs Desert ParkConservation / BioSciencesAlice Springs (NT)View online
Bundoora Veterinary ClinicAnimal and VeterinaryBundooraView online
Discovery Science and Technology CentreScience - AllBendigoView online
EnviroPacificScience (Chemistry)Notting HillView online
Greyhound Adoption ProgramAnimal and VeterinarySeymourView online
Rizo DesertsFood Technology / NutritionCampbellfieldView online
St John's AmbulanceHealth SciencesVarious LocationsView online
Victorian Government - VariousVariousVarious LocationsView 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

AMGEN FoundationAMGEN Scholars Program1 July 201930 August 2019Summer 1, 2019

St John's Ambulance

La Trobe current volunteer program (Important:
FAQ and information)
OngoingStart of your chosen placement semesterSemester 1, Semester 2, Summer Semester

Biomedical Research Victoria

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Check website for current opportunities

Check website for current opportunities

Various dates

CSIRO

Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships

Check website for current opportunities

Check website for current opportunities

Summer

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science: National Measurement Institute

Student Opportunities - Various

Various - see website

Various - see website

Semester 2 and Summer

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

University Vacation Program

Check website for current opportunities

Check website for current opportunities

Summer

Dolphin Research Institute

Volunteer and Internship program

Ongoing

Ongoing

Semester 2 and Summer

Healesville Sanctuary

Volunteer

Check website for current opportunities

Check website for current opportunities

Semester 2 and Summer

Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Volunteer and Vacation Programs available

Check website for current opportunities

Check website for current opportunities

Semester 2 and Summer

Kyabram Fauna Park

Volunteer

Ongoing

Ongoing

Semester 2 and Summer

Melbourne Zoo

Volunteer

Check website for current opportunities

Check website for current opportunities

Semester 2 and Summer

Museums Victoria

Student Projects

Check website for current opportunities

Check website for current opportunities

n/a - check page for current opportunities

Peter Mac

Summer Scholarship Program (Research)

Check website for current opportunities

Check website for current opportunities

Summer

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Horticultural Internship Program

Various - see website

Various - see website

Semester 2 and Summer

Victorian Government - All departments contact information for placement queries

Generic contact list, contact area of interest for details

n/a

n/a

n/a

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute - Undergraduate Placement

Undergraduate Placements - General

Check website for current opportunities

Check website for current opportunities

Semester 2 and Summer

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute - Vacation Scholarship

Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships

Check website for current opportunities

Check website for current opportunities

Summer

Australian Government - Department of DefenceScience, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) cadetship23 August 2019n/aSummer

University-Sourced, Advertised Placements for SHE3FRW

University-Sourced, Advertised Placements for SHE3FRW

La Trobe has a limited number of 'university-sourced' placements available to students as a result of our industry partnerships.

The following placements are currently available, and we encourage interested students to apply for these as part of SHE3FRW.

SHE3FRW placement positions for Summer semester (advertised below) are currently open, and will close on October 7.

Instructions on how to apply are contained within each placement description.

Company Name

Relevant Discipline Areas

Location

Timing

Placement Description & How to Apply

Australia Zoo- Wildlife and Conservation Biology
- Animal and Vet Bioscience
Beerwah,
QLD
Summer semesterPlacement description and application instructions [PDF]
Land Management Systems- Wildlife and Conservation Biology
- Ecology
- Agricultural Science
- Botany
MelbourneSummer semesterPlacement description and application instructions [PDF]
Bush Heritage Australia- Wildlife and Conservation Biology
- Ecology
MelbourneSummer semesterDescription coming soon
Symbio Labs- MicrobiologyMelbourneSummer semesterPlacement description and application instructions [PDF]
Symbio Labs- Biology and Microbiology; 
     Sample management
MelbourneSummer semesterPlacement description and application instructions [PDF]
La Trobe Bendigo- Exercise Science;
     Athlete training data
BendigoSummer semesterPlacement description and application instructions [PDF]
Environment Protection Authority
(EPA)
- Science (general)
- Wildlife and Conservation Biology
- Ecology and Environment
MelbourneSummer semesterDescription coming soon
La Trobe Uni - Ecology Labs- Ecology and EnvironmentMelbourneSummer semesterPlacement description and application instructions [PDF]
La Trobe Uni / Helbig Labs- MicrobiologyMelbourneSummer semesterPlacement description and application instructions [PDF]
Murray Primary Health Network
(MPHN) - Albury Wodonga
- PsychologyAlbury,
NSW
Summer semesterPlacement description and application instructions [PDF]

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.

Funding

Funding

Round 3 of the La Trobe Employment Grants are open for applications from 8 November, closing 7 December. The scheme is open to 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 and Technology Centre (Bendigo)
  • EnviroPacific
  • Greyhound Adoption Program
  • HeadSpace
  • Murray Primary Health Network
  • MyDNA Life
  • Rizo Deserts