Important highlights

COVID-19 update

Please refer to the official UniSA COVID-19 updates. We are working diligently with local and national health authorities to support the international effort to reduce the impact and spread of COVID-19 and to support our community in what is a challenging time. If you have any questions relating to your Business Internship and how it might be impacted by COVID-19, please contact Business.Internships@unisa.edu.au 

SP2 Enrolment Deadline Extended

If you've been considering enrolling in a Business Internship next year, make sure you finalise your enrolment soon. The enrolment deadline has just been extended to Sunday 18 December, but don't miss out!

Student to Industry Networking Event

A formal facilitated networking session designed to connect students with potential internship hosts. This is a unique opportunity to increase your professional network and gain access to a wide range of industry partners who are experienced placement hosts. The next Networking Event is scheduled for Tuesday 11 April 2023. Watch this space for updates!

We have a dedicated learnonline page set up with more information and FAQs.

Internships at UniSA Business

Designed to give you a work-integrated learning experience that enables you to apply the skills and knowledge gained from your study in a workplace environment (either in person, which we refer to as traditional, or virtually). This practical application of what you have learned in your courses ensures you will graduate prepared for life-long learning in pursuit of personal development and excellence in professional practice. The idea is that your university education combined with real-world experience will support your endeavour to be career ready and enter the workforce.

You have multiple options for adding an internship to your degree at UniSA Business:

  1. As an elective course - available across undergraduate and postgraduate programs
  2. As an extracurricular voluntary placement

Internships are available in businesses of all types: large or small, public, private or not-for-profit, start-up or long-term businesses. We engage with a wide range of organisations to source internship opportunities that enable our students to apply their skills, time bring fresh perspectives and knowledge to the workplace, develop an understanding of what it is like to work in their chosen discipline, and gain valuable experience for their post-graduation employment. 

There are many ways to engage with industry throughout your business degree. Visit the Career-ready in Business web page to discover more options. 

Establish

Develop connections and build your industry network

Explore

Align your career goals with opportunities in the workplace

Experience

Gain insight into your industry and enhance your CV

Program details 

Internship courses are offered in Study Periods 2, 4, 5 and 7.

Traditional internships

Spend time working in or with an organisation to gain real-world experience linked to your program and enhance your employability skills. These opportunities will give you practical experience, help you to further your interpersonal and professional skills, and develop an awareness of workplace culture and expectations.

A business internship will give you experience in communication and teamwork, email and report-writing, punctuality and attendance, leadership and career development. The experience you gain from an internship opportunity will help you transition from university to the workplace, enhancing your employment prospects, and helping you to make valuable industry connections and build your professional network.

For undergraduates, traditional internships are offered through elective courses:
BUSS3080 - Business Practicum
BUSS3010 - Business Internship 30 Days
BUSS3088 - Business Internship 45 Days

For postgraduates, traditional internships are offered through elective courses:
BUSS5396 - Business Practicum G
BUSS5431 - Business Internship G

Virtual internships

Work as part of a team to deliver a project brief posed by an authentic industry client, on a virtual platform. This is a fantastic opportunity for regional students as everything can be completed remotely across flexible hours.

Apply the knowledge that you are learning in your studies to a real-world business problem, make new peer and professional connections, plus gain career-relevant insights and experience. You will still have the chance to interact with your team, in addition to your mentor and host organisation, as you would in a physical office environment, except in a Virtual Internship this will all happen via the Practera platform and Zoom.

For undergraduates, a virtual internship is offered through elective course BUSS3100 - Virtual Industry Internship.

For postgraduates, a virtual internship is incorporated as part of elective course BUSS5434 - Professional Consulting Project.

For more information on the courses available for undergraduate and postgraduate business students, please see below.

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    • BUSS 3100 - Virtual Industry Internship 4.5 units (1 course equivalent) minus-thick plus-thick


      The Virtual Internship partners students with an organisation to work on real-world projects in the digital business environment. The Virtual Internship will be carried out under academic and industry supervision through an online platform. The online platform ensures timely support, reflective practice and regular feedback to improve the outcomes of experiential learning for students. Students will have the opportunity to apply, evaluate and reflect on knowledge gained throughout their studies and the links to future career options.

      The Virtual Internship is an elective available exclusively to third year students. To enrol you must have completed 72 units of study.

      Students can apply the knowledge learned throughout their studies to work related tasks and gain valuable experience related to their future career. The Virtual Internship will give students an insight into what it is like to work on projects regardless of geographical location.

       

      Find out more

    • BUSS 3080 - Business Practicum 4.5 units (1 course equivalent) minus-thick plus-thick


      This course is aimed at students enrolled in Bachelor of Business programs. Students will apply the knowledge gained throughout their business studies to work related tasks and gain valuable experience related to their future career.

      Business Practicum is an elective available exclusively to third year students. To enrol you must have completed 72 units of study, and have a GPA of 4.0 or higher.

      Placements are equivalent to 15 days, or 112.5 hours, and can be completed flexibly over the course of the study period. Placement schedules and contact hours are negotiated between the student and host organisation prior to commencing placement.

      Find out more

    • BUSS 3010 - Business Internship 30 Days 9.0 units (2 course equivalent) minus-thick plus-thick


      This course is aimed at students enrolled in UniSA Business programs. Students will apply the knowledge gained throughout their business studies to an enterprise-focused project, giving an in-depth practical understanding of their area of study in a workplace.

      Business Internship 30 Days is an elective available exclusively to third year students. To enrol you must have completed 72 units of study, and have a GPA of 4.0 or higher.

      Internships are equivalent to 30 days, or 225 hours, and can be completed flexibly over the course of the study period. Internship schedules and contact hours are negotiated between the student and host organisation prior to commencing placement.

      Find out more

    • BUSS 3088 - Business Internship 45 Days 18.0 units (4 course equivalent) minus-thick plus-thick


      This course is aimed at students enrolled in UniSA Business programs. Students will apply the knowledge gained throughout their business studies to an enterprise-focused project, giving an in-depth practical understanding of their area of study in a workplace.

      Business Internship 45 days is an elective available exclusively to third year students. To enrol you must have completed 72 units of study, and have a GPA of 4.0 or higher.

      Internships are equivalent to 45 days, or 337.5 hours, and can be completed flexibly over the course of the study period. Internship schedules and contact hours are negotiated between the student and host organisation prior to commencing placement.

      Find out more

  • future-student Postgraduate students minus-thin plus-thin
    • BUSS 5396 - Business Practicum G 4.5 units (1 course equivalent) minus-thick plus-thick


      This advanced level course provides business students with the opportunity to participate in an industry based capstone experience. It aims to enhance students’ professional competencies and interpersonal skills and their business consulting and applied research skills. The course also promotes individual responsibility for professional development.

      Business Practicum G is an elective course available exclusively to postgraduate business students. To enrol you must have completed 36 units of study, and have a GPA of 4.5 or higher.

      Placements are equivalent to 15 days, or 112.5 hours, and can be completed flexibly over the course of the study period. Placement schedules and contact hours are negotiated between the student and host organisation prior to commencing placement.

      Find out more

    • BUSS 5431 - Business Internship G 9 units (2 course equivalent) minus-thick plus-thick


      This advanced level course provides students with the opportunity to participate in an industry based capstone experience. It aims to enhance students’ professional competencies and interpersonal skills and their business consulting and applied research skills. The course also promotes individual responsibility for professional development.

      Business Internship G is an elective available exclusively to postgraduate business students. To enrol you must have completed 36 units of study, and have a GPA of 4.5 or higher.

      Placements are equivalent to 30 days, or 225 hours, and can be completed flexibly over the course of the study period. Placement schedules and contact hours are negotiated between the student and host organisation prior to commencing placement.

      Find out more

    • BUSS 5434 - Professional Consulting Project 4.5 units (1 course equivalent) minus-thick plus-thick


      Professional Consulting Project is highly suitable for students who are looking to pursue careers in consulting, commercial management, general management or strategy.

      This advanced level elective course provides students with the opportunity to participate in a virtual industry-based experience. It aims to enhance students’ professional competencies, business consulting and career-readiness skills. To enrol you must have completed 36 units of postgraduate study.

      Completion of the course provides useful work-based consulting experience that may help in the post-study transition to target roles. Students are required to operate as part of a small team, with industry mentoring and academic supervision, to solve a challenging contemporary work-based consulting problem in a partner organisation. 

      Find out more

Enrolment dates for students

Enrolments for business internship courses close well in advance of the commencement of each study period. The closing dates for enrolments are:

Study period

Study period 2 2023

 

Study period 4 2023

 

Study period 5 2023

 

Study period 7 2023

 

Due Date to Enrol

27 November 2022 for traditional internships (BUSS3080, BUSS3010, BUSS3088, BUSS5396, BUSS5431)

19 February 2023 for virtual internships (BUSS3100, BUSS5434)

12 March 2023 for traditional internships (BUSS3080, BUSS3010, BUSS5396, BUSS5431)

4 June 2023 for virtual internships (BUSS3100)

14 May 2023 for traditional internships (BUSS3080, BUSS3010, BUSS3088, BUSS5396, BUSS5431)

30 July 2023 for virtual internships (BUSS3100, BUSS5434)

20 August 2023 for traditional internships (BUSS3080, BUSS3010, BUSS3088, BUSS5396, BUSS5431)

22 October 2023 for virtual internships (BUSS3100)

 

Internship requirements

Course prerequisite requirements

A summary of the internship requirements for business students is below. Please ensure you check the course homepage for the course you are enrolling in to confirm the prerequisite requirements.
These are all elective courses, we encourage you to speak to the Business Student Hub if you are unsure how these would fit into your Study Plan.

BUSS 3080 Business Practicum
Completed 72 units of study
GPA 4.0 or higher

BUSS 3010 Business Internship 30 days
Completed 72 units of study
GPA 4.0 or higher

BUSS 3088 Business Internship 45 days
Completed 72 units of study
GPA 4.0 or higher

BUSS 5431 Business Internship G
Completed 36 units of study
GPA 4.5 or higher

BUSS 5396 Business Practicum G
Completed 36 units of study
GPA 4.5 or higher

Industry to Student Networking Event

Our UniSA Internships Industry to Student Networking Events are an opportunity to engage directly with industry seeking to host internships in a facilitated speed-networking format. Registrations for the September event are now open

For more information visit the course page

 

FAQs

  • What is the Business Internship Program? minus-thick plus-thick

    The Business Internship Program is a UniSA Business initiative, which ensures all business students are given the opportunity to gain workplace experience during their studies. We have two streams of internships currently available - traditional and virtual.

    The team manage student coursework internships, and work with Course Coordinators to ensure courses link with industry and assessments are designed to enhance student employability.

  • What are the internship courses? minus-thick plus-thick

    There are a variety of internship courses designed to fit into undergraduate and postgraduate programs as electives. View the available courses.

  • Which course do I enrol in? minus-thick plus-thick

    There are two things students need to consider when deciding which course to enrol in.

    1. The number of available electives
      Some programs only offer one or two elective courses in their structure. Where programs offer up to four elective courses students will need to consider how many electives they have already completed, and how many electives they have available in their study plan.
    2. Course prerequisite requirements
      All internship courses have prerequisite requirements. For example, undergraduate internship courses are available exclusively to third year students; this means undergraduate students must have completed 72 units of study before they can enrol.
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    You can enrol in internship courses through your myEnrolment portal (UniSA login required). 

    Students enrolled in internship courses will receive information via email about how to apply for internship opportunities approximately 10 weeks before the study period starts.

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    Internship opportunities will be advertised via InPlace (UniSA login required) around 10 weeks before the study period starts. There will be a two week application period where students can identify which internship opportunities interest them and rank them in order of preference.

    Students will be asked to submit a copy of their CV and a cover letter when they submit their preferences to help Course Coordinators to rank and allocate internships. UniSA's Career Hub (UniSA login required) offers some great online resources to support students with developing a CV and cover letter; look under self-help resources.

    For information on how to submit your internship preferences please see the Applying for placement and internship opportunities guide.

  • Can I find my own internship? minus-thick plus-thick

    Yes, UniSA Business allows students to identify their own internship opportunities. You are not required to find your own internship, but if you have a niche interest or something specific you want to achieve by undertaking an internship, it may be beneficial to look into finding your own opportunity.

    When looking for internship opportunities keep your course requirements in mind. You need to have a clearly defined project to work on that will provide an output. For example, a student may undertake a review of a business process and provide a recommendation in the form of a report or presentation.

    If you source your own internship opportunity you will need to complete the self-placement submission form via InPlace as soon as possible. The information in your self-placement submission form will flow onto the Business Internships team and we will contact the agency you have identified and finalise your internship arrangements.

    See how to complete the InPlace self-placement submission form.

    When you submit a self-placement submission the ‘to do’ icon will remain on your home screen until we finalise your internship. This may take some time and your patience is appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns about your self-placement submission you can send an email to business.internships@unisa.edu.au.

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    Undertaking an internship with your employer as part of your studies is not normally permitted. Working on an internship project that is an extension of your job will not meet course requirements.  

    Internship opportunities should provide new and challenging experiences. These opportunities focus on your learning and development. This involves experimenting, risk-taking, making mistakes, and dedicating time to analysing your experiences for the purpose of scholarship. Undertaking an internship project with an organisation is significantly different from participating in regular employment with the same organisation.

    If you have a potential internship opportunity with your employer that is significantly different from your paid position, please email business.internships@unisa.edu.au to apply in writing for an exemption. This will require the approval of the Course Coordinator. For example, if you are working for an organisation in a general administrative capacity, and you are a marketing student who has an opportunity to work on a marketing and communications plan, or a commerce student who has an opportunity to work on an accounting project, you may be eligible for an exemption.

  • Do I have to complete my internship on a full-time basis? minus-thick plus-thick

    No, you can complete your internship days flexibly over the course of the study period.

    Host organisations understand that students undertaking internships will have study commitments, and that they are required to attend university classes while on internship. Internship schedules and contact hours are negotiated between the student and host organisation prior to commencing.

    Please be mindful when enrolling in summer and winter school courses (i.e. study period 4 and study period 7) that host organisations may expect a more intensive mode of attendance. 

  • Does UniSA Business provide insurance for students on an internship? minus-thick plus-thick

    Yes. UniSA Business provides Professional Indemnity, Public Liability and Personal Accident students for all students undertaking a coursework internship.

    Business students who pursue internship opportunities outside of their coursework are not normally covered by the University’s insurance scheme.

  • When will internships commence? minus-thick plus-thick

    Enrolments for internship courses close well in advance of the commencement of each study period. View the closing dates for enrolments here.

  • If I want more information who do I talk to? minus-thick plus-thick
  • How do I submit a self-sourced internship? minus-thick plus-thick

    Please download the below guide for instructions on how to use the InPlace system to submit a self-sourced internship.

    Self Sourced Placement guide

    If you have any questions or concerns about your self-placement submission you can send an email to business.internships@unisa.edu.au.

Get in touch

For more information, you can submit an enquiry or book an appointment with the Business Internship team below.

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