How to apply

These instructions outline the application process for students who want to undertake a placement as part of an Industry Placement Subject or the Industry Placement Minor. These application instructions cover the application process for a Student Sourced Industry Placement and a University Sourced Industry Placement.

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Application Instructions

Students must follow all the steps below before submitting an application for an Industry Placement Elective Subject. Students cannot commence a placement until an application has been submitted and the relevant documentation has been reviewed and approved by La Trobe University. If there is information missing, the placement may not be approved, or the intended start date may be delayed.

Step 1 - Before you apply

    You must determine the suitability of the Industry Placement Elective Subjects in your study plan and general eligibility requirements:

    • You can find your study plan online. If you are unsure about whether you have space for an elective in your study plan, please contact ASK La Trobe. If you need course advice about enrolling in a placement elective please check with your Course Coordinator.
    • Make sure to check whether your degree has a specific work-based learning (WBL) or placement subject available to you instead
    • Check the eligibility requirements and key dates for the Industry Placement subject/s that you are interested in:

Step 2 - Prepare and submit your application

2a. Student Sourced Industry Placement (I have found my own placement for LTU3IND or LTU5IND)
  • Discuss proposed placement details with your host supervisor, including:
    • Key duties and responsibilities
    • Required placement hours, start/end dates (within chosen semester/term)
    • Placement location – Onsite, remote or hybrid
    • Compliance requirements (such as a Working with Children Check, Police check etc)
  • In consultation with your host, complete the Student Sourced Placement Description ensuring all sections are completed
  • Submit your Placement Description via the Industry Placement Application Form
  • Enrol into LTU3IND or LTU5IND in your chosen semester. For information on how to enrol via StudentOnLine, follow these steps.

Please allow up to 2 weeks for the Subject Coordinator to review your application and conduct necessary checks.

2b. Student Sourced Industry Placement (I have found my own placement for the Industry Placement Minor)

The Industry Placement Minor is suitable for students who wish to complete a placement of more than 100 hoursStudents can choose to complete 2 or 3 of the Industry Placement Minor subjects (200-300 placement hours) or they may wish to have the Industry Placement Minor on their transcript and complete the full Industry Placement Minor (400 hours).

To source your own placement, complete the Student Sourced Placement Description ensuring all sections are completed including:

  • Key duties and responsibilities
  • Required placement hours, start/end dates (that align with your course enrolment plan)
  • Placement location – onsite, remote or hybrid
  • Compliance requirements (such as Working with Children Check)
  • In consultation with your host, complete the Student Sourced Placement Description ensuring all sections are completed
  • Submit your Placement Description via the Industry Placement Application Form
  • Enrol into the industry placement minor subjects in your chosen Term/s. For information on how to enrol via Student Online, follow these steps.

Please allow up to 2 weeks for the Subject Coordinator to review your application and conduct necessary checks.

2c. University Sourced Industry Placement (I am applying for an advertised university sourced placement for LTU3IND, LTU5IND or the Industry Placement Minor)

We encourage you to apply for more than one University Sourced Industry placement opportunities. Please be aware that the selection process is competitive as there are a limited number of opportunities.

Application does not guarantee you will be offered a placement with the organisation/s you have applied for.

The Industry Placements team will review your application and advise you of the next steps via email.

Step 3 - After you apply

    • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an acknowledgment email from the Industry Placements team
    • If there are any issues with your application, the Industry Placements team will contact you for further information
    • If provisionally approved, the Industry Placements team will send you an email which will include a Student Placement Deed which you must read, sign and return asap via email: industryplacements@latrobe.edu.au

Step 4 - Before you commence your placement

  • Ensure you have provided all your compliance documents (if applicable) to your host prior to your placement commencement date
  • Your host will be required to sign a Work Based Learning (WBL) Agreement. The Industry Placement team organises this directly with your host organisation
  • Look out for the Final Approval Email from the Industry Placements team confirming your placement start date

Please allow an additional timeframe of up to 2 weeks for all documentation to be signed off and completed.

Important Information prior to commencing your placement

Remember: You cannot start your placement until:

  • The WBL Agreement has been completed and signed
  • Your Student Placement Deed has been signed and returned
  • You have received a final confirmation email from the Industry Placements team, confirming your approved placement start date

Please note: If your placement is not approved or the paperwork is not signed before census date, you may need to withdraw your enrolment from the Industry Placement elective subject/s.

Key dates

Industry Placement Minor

Please note: All applications close at 12pm (midday) on the closing date.

Student sourced applications 

Teaching periodSemester/Term datesApplication closing date

Term 2, 2024

4 March - 12 April

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Term 3, 2024

22 April - 31 May

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Term 4, 2024

29 July - 6 September

Wednesday 17 July 2024

Term 5, 2024

16 September - 25 October

Wednesday 4 September 2024

Term 6, 2024

4 November - 13 December

Wednesday 23 October 2024

University sourced applications

Teaching periodSemester/Term datesApplication open/close dates

Term 4, 2024

29 July - 6 September

Open: Wednesday 17 April 2024

Close: Wednesday 8 May 2024

Term 5, 2024

16 September - 25 October

Open: Wednesday 17 April 2024

Close: Wednesday 8 May 2024

Term 6, 2024

4 November - 13 December

Open: Wednesday 28 August 2024

Close: Wednesday 18 September 2024

Industry Placement Subject: LTU3IND

Please note: All applications close at 12pm (midday) on the closing date.

Student sourced applications 

Teaching periodSemester/Term datesApplication closing date

Semester 1, 2024

4 March - 31 May

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Semester 2, 2024

29 July - 27 October

Wednesday 7 August 2024

Summer, 2024

13 November – 10 January

Wednesday 22 November 2024

University sourced applications

Teaching periodSemester/Term datesApplication open/close dates

Semester 2, 2024

29 July - 25 October

Open: Wednesday 17 April 2024

Close: Wednesday 8 May 2024

Summer 2024/2025

4 November - 14 February

Open: Wednesday 28 August 2024

Close: Wednesday 18 September 2024

Industry Venture Challenge applications (suitable for LTU3IND only) 

Teaching period Semester/Term dates Application closing date

Semester 1, 2024

4 March - 31 May

Thursday 7 March 2024 (5PM)

Semester 2, 2024

31 July - 25 October

Wednesday 10 July 2024

Industry Placement Subject: LTU5IND

Please note: All applications close at 12pm (midday) on the closing date.

Student sourced applications 

Teaching periodSemester/Term datesApplication closing date

Semester 2, 2024

29 July - 27 October

Wednesday 7 August 2024

Term 6, 2024

4 November - 13 December

Wednesday 23 October 2024

University sourced applications

Teaching periodSemester/Term datesApplication open/close dates

Semester 2, 2024

29 July - 25 October

Open: Wednesday 17 April 2024

Close: Wednesday 8 May 2024

Term 6, 2024

4 November - 13 December

Open: Wednesday 28 August 2024

Close: Wednesday 18 September 2024

Industry Placement Bursaries

La Trobe University is supporting students who have commenced a placement/internship by offering the opportunity to apply for an Industry Placement Bursary.

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