Placements

LTU2SLC is a self-sourced placement subject, however a limited number of placements sourced by the University are available. Complete the Expression of Interest form to receive information on the placements available.

Placements sourced by students must be approved by the Subject Coordinator prior to enrolment by completing the position description [Word doc: 50KB].

How to self-source a placement

Finding a placement is similar to job hunting and most students find it a great confidence builder and networking exercise in its own right. It can take a few attempts, so persistence and research are the key.

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

  • Showing you how to search for not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises.
  • Helping you with what to say on the phone or what to write in an email when approaching an organisation.
  • Helping you prepare your CV.
  • Helping you prepare interview techniques should an interview with your employer be required. You can also use the Big Interview web resources to practice your interview skills.

To source your own placement, think about:

  • Is there a cause that you’re passionate about?  For example; animals, health, arts & culture, community development, education or the environment.
  • Would you like to help a not-for-profit organisation you believe in, achieve its aims?

Remember – the placement does not have to be related to your degree.  Instead, LTU2SLC offers students the opportunity and flexibility to explore the world of volunteering and undertake a placement with a social enterprise or not-for-profit organisation that will benefit the community and contribute to the organisation’s mission.

Research

  • Speak to family, friends, neighbours, personal and professional contacts, academic staff at Uni, and find out if they know about organisations that interest you and if they have any useful contacts.  If they do, ask if they can put you in touch with someone who could possibly help you get a placement with a community focus.
  • Check volunteering pages of organisations that you’re interested in working with.
  • Find out as much as you can about your preferred organisations – aim for a few to help you achieve success. The background information obtained will help you demonstrate that you are interested in ‘this’ organisation.
  • The University will not cover any travel or accommodation costs associated with the placement – they must be paid by you.  Eligible students are invited to apply for the scholarship - Pritam Dass Bursary for Service Learning in the Community.
  • All students are covered by the La Trobe University Insurance Policy while on placement.

Make contact

Have a bullet-point list of questions ready to ask. Once you can speak to somebody, introduce yourself and let them know that you are calling to ask if they will be able to host you for your placement.

They will usually want to know:

  • When you would like to undertake your placement
    • Semester 1 2021: between 1 March – 28 May 2021
    • Semester 2 2021: between 19 July - 15 October 2021
    • Summer 2021: between 8 November 2021 – 11 February 2022
  • Duration of placement: Students must complete 80 - 100 hours in one semester.

What you need to do - your work should not be focussed on the everyday running of the organisation. It is important that it is a learning opportunity for you and that you are not just replacing a paid staff member. Check with your Subject Coordinator if you are not sure that what you are sourcing is suitable.

Keep notes - who you spoke to and when. Jot down details if you left a voicemail message. Make sure that you provide your phone number.

Don’t be afraid to follow up. If you call and leave a message, it’s fine to call again approximately 2-3 business days later. If you speak with someone and they tell you they will get back to you, ask when you can expect to hear from them. If you haven’t heard back in 2-3 business days after the date they said they would ring, it’s ok to call back.

Once you have reached an agreement with your host organisation, you are ready to submit your project details using the position description [Word doc: 50KB]. You must submit this with the Individual Work Based Learning (WBL) Agreement to the Subject Coordinator via email: service.learning@latrobe.edu.au for approval prior to enrolling in the subject.

For all other enquiries and to obtain a copy of the Individual WBL Agreement, please email:  service.learning@latrobe.edu.au.