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COVID-19 Update

NOTE: The Business Internship team remains fully operational and we are here to help. Internships are continuing with students adapting to the work modality of the host organisation. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

The Business Internship Program at the University of South Australia has been designed to give students a work integrated learning experience that enables them to apply the skills and knowledge gained from their study in a real workplace. This practical application of what they have learnt in their courses ensure they will graduate prepared for life-long learning in pursuit of personal development and excellence in professional practice. Placement courses are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate business students.

We engage with a wide range of organisations to develop placement opportunities that enable our students to apply their skills and at the same time bring fresh perspectives and knowledge to the workplace.

UniSA Business offers undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to undertake placements in businesses of all types: large or small, public, private or not-for-profit, start-up or long term businesses. The program gives students the chance to develop an understanding of what it is like to work in their chosen discipline and to gain valuable experience for their post-graduation employment.

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

Industry to Student Networking Events

 
Attend the UniSA Internships Industry to student Networking Events to engage directly with students seeking internships in a facilitated speed-networking format.
The dates to the Networking Event in 2021 will be announced in early 2021.

Program details 

Work integrated learning opportunities are short term placements to spend time working in 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 a placement or 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.

There are a number of courses available for undergraduate and postgraduate business students.

  • unisa-student Undergraduate students minus-thin plus-thin
    • 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 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 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 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

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    • 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 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 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

Enrolment dates for students

Enrolments for business internship and placement courses close well in advance of the commencement of each study period. The closing dates for 2020 enrolments are below.

Study period

Study period 7 2020

Study period 2 2021

Study period 4 2021

Study period 5 2021

Study period 7 2021

Due Date to Enrol

08 August 2020

28 November 2020

06 March 2021

03 April 2021

14 August 2021

Placement requirements

Course prerequisite requirements

A summary of the placement and 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.

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

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.

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

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

    There are a variety of placement and 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 placement and internship courses have prerequisite requirements. For example, undergraduate placement and internship courses are available exclusively to third year students; this means undergraduate students must have completed 72 units of study before they can enrol.
  • How do I enrol in a placement course? minus-thick plus-thick

    You can enrol in placement courses through your myEnrolment portal (UniSA login required). 

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

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    Placement 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 placement 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 placements. 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 placement preferences please see the Applying for placement and internship opportunities guide.

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

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

    When looking for placement 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 placement 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 placement 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 placement. 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.

  • Can I undertake placement at my workplace? minus-thick plus-thick

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

    Placement and 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 a placement project with an organisation is significantly different from participating in regular employment with the same organisation.

    If you have a potential placement 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 placement on a full-time basis? minus-thick plus-thick

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

    Host organisations understand that students undertaking placements will have study commitments, and that they are required to attend university classes while on placement. Placement 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 placement? minus-thick plus-thick

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

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

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

    Enrolments for internship and placement courses close well in advance of the commencement of each study period. View the closing dates for 2020 enrolments here.

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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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