Elective placements

Tell us about your dream placement!

Interested in completing an Industry Placement as part of your degree? Tell us about your dream industry placement by completing the expression of interest form. This will help the team to source the right placement opportunities and to support you to achieve your career goals!

Why do an Industry Placement?

Undertaking an Industry Placement is an excellent way to put theory into practice and develop professional skills in a working environment. Completing an industry placement as part of your degree will assist you to develop professional networks that enable you to more easily gain employment upon graduation.

You will explore what it means to be a member of a professional team in a workplace, reflect upon your experiences and career aspirations and develop transferrable skills that will improve your employability.

  • Apply and develop knowledge and skills in the industry
  • Expand communication skills
  • Connect with professionals in your field
  • Identify potential career options
  • Possible future employment

Industry Placement Information Sessions

Register for an Information Session

The Industry Placement Information Sessions are designed to give students an overview of the elective Work Based Learning subjects at La Trobe, including their relationship to various courses and how they compare to other subjects. We strongly recommend attending an information session if you are interested in completing a for-credit industry placement at any point during your degree.

Be sure to register early to be provided with the online meeting URL.

*Upcoming information session dates and times will be listed here when confirmed.

Information Session content

  • Your WBL subject options (LTU3IND, LTU5IND, or other discipline-based WBL subjects)
  • The Industry Placement Minor
  • Advantages of elective Work Based Learning subjects
  • How an industry placement will benefit you
  • Subject timelines, processes, requirements, and placement options
  • Opportunities to get to know the academic team and have your questions answered
  • Hear from other students who have completed an Industry Placement elective subject
  • Find out about the Industry Venture Challenge

Watch an online recording

If you are not able to attend one of our Information Session, you can watch a recorded session:


Recording link


La Trobe University Industry Placements Information Session

Summer (including Term 6 2023 and Term 1 2024) and Semester 1 2024


La Trobe University Industry Placements Q&A Session

Summer (including Term 6 2023 and Term 1 2024) and Semester 1 2024


Get yourself industry ready

Career Ready Online

When searching for a placement, the first and most important task is to ensure you are ready to present yourself to industry.  Career Ready Online has a range of suitable resources to ensure your application for a placement opportunity is successful. Here are some suggestions to get you industry ready:

Contact the Employability Programs team for further support with any of these resources.

The Industry Placement Elective Subjects

The Industry Placement Minor

The Industry Placement Minor comprises 4 subjects which you can use to complete between 1 and 4 placements (totaling 400 hours). The Industry Placement Minor allows you to apply your knowledge and skills in a professional work setting and gain valuable work experience and industry connections.

Find out more

Industry Placement subjects (LTU3IND and LTU5IND)

The Industry Placement Subjects (LTU3IND and LTU5IND) are designed to offer you the opportunity to develop your employability skills in a professional setting.

Find out more

Placement Options

Summary of placement options

Students can undertake a placement opportunity and enrol into an Industry Placement Elective Subject via one of three options:

Placement optionDefinitionLTU3INDLTU5INDIndustry Placement

Student Sourced Industry Placements

Students are responsible for identifying, securing, and submitting details of their own host organisation and placement opportunity to La Trobe for review.


University Sourced Industry Placements

Students apply to various opportunities sourced by the university.  Placements are not guaranteed.


The Industry Venture Challenge

The Industry Venture Challenge is a 6 week placement option, undertaken as part of the 100-hour industry placement elective subject, LTU3IND. Fully funded by La Trobe University.


Student Sourced Industry Placements

Searching for a placement requires advance planning. Reflecting on your values, interests and goals will help you find a placement that aligns with your course and your personality. The Student Sourced Checklist provides step by step instructions on how to find your own placement opportunity. You may also wish to refer to the WBL Industry Placement guides to find out more about Work Based Learning at La Trobe and the student/host responsibilities whilst on placement.

University Sourced Industry Placements

Check out the list of current university sourced opportunities that you can apply for. These amazing opportunities are exclusive to students who want to complete one of the Industry Placement elective subjects.

Refer to Step 2c to find out how to apply.

The Industry Venture Challenge

The Industry Venture Challenge is a placement option, undertaken as part of the 100-hour industry placement elective subject, LTU3IND. Eligible students will have completed 120 credit points and have space in their degree for a 15 credit point elective subject. Participating in the Industry Venture Challenge will enable you to boost your confidence, professional connections and your in-demand industry skills - preparing you to become work ready.

Find out more about the Industry Venture Challenge.

Refer to Step 2d to find out how to apply.

Apply for an Industry Placement bursary

La Trobe University is supporting students who have commenced an internship/work placement by offering the opportunity to apply for an Industry Placement Bursary.  There are plenty of opportunities available for La Trobe to support you financially whilst you complete an Industry Placement.

Contact us

  • For further information about the industry placement subjects, the application process and placement opportunities, please email: industryplacements@latrobe.edu.au
  • For general enquiries about La Trobe WBL placements, please submit via the Work Based Learning Placements Student Enquiry form