Work Experience

work experience

Understanding Work Experience

Who has to complete work experience and why?

Work experience is a compulsory component of your degree if you are studying:

  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering (R&D)
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering

Work Experience offers you the opportunity to integrate academic theory and ‘real world’ practice. You will enhance your technical and leadership skills whilst gaining experience in the workforce and insight into professional practice. 

For engineering students, the completion of Work Experience is REQUIRED to graduate as an accredited professional.  

The difference between work experience and an internship

Work experience is a mandatory requirement of your degree but does not count for any credit. Work experience is organised by YOU! Engineering students are required to undertake work experience and enrol in one of the following courses:

For-credit internship courses ENGN3200/ENGN6200 and COMP3820/COMP8830 are offered by the College through an application process and are optional, assessed and count for 6-24 units of credit. 

The requirements for work experience

You MUST complete the equivalent of 12 weeks full-time work experience (420 hours) outside the University. At least 8 weeks MUST be full-time work experience (280 hours) supervised by a professional in your relevant discipline. The remaining 4 weeks can be completed in either your discipline or any other industry (for instance, hospitality, retail).

You are required to organise work experience yourself and you must submit a 10-15 page report upon the completion of your placement/s.

 

Managing your Work Experience

Your Work Experience timeline

There are seven key steps involved in the completion of your work experience placement. 

BEFORE YOUR PLACEMENT

Step 1: Contact a host organisation and request/apply to complete your work experience placement with them.

Step 2: Organise the details of your placement with your employer, including:

  • The logistics of your placement (e.g. the dates and hours you will work).
  • A system to record your hours worked.
  • Your insurance for the work experience placement. Find out if your employer provides insurance. If they don’t, ANU insurance may be able to be organised depending on the placement. 
  • For engineering students: make sure to also talk to your employer about the ways you will meet the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies during your placement. Remember, you must be supervised by a practicing engineer.

Step 3: Inform the Course convener about your intended placement

If you intend to undertake a work experience placement to be counted towards ENGN3100 please email the course convener ENGN3100@anu.edu.au with the following information BEFORE you commence employment:

Company name, address and website Name of workplace supervisor (required to be an accredited Engineer) and contact phone and email Description of the type of work to be performed Dates of the intended placement. The course convener will be able to advise you if your intended placement meets the requirements for ENGN3100. Keep the offer letter/email from your employer, it will be needed in the report later on (in English version).

DURING YOUR PLACEMENT

Step 3: Undertake your work experience placement. Make sure you and your employer record the hours you work.

AFTER YOUR PLACEMENT

Step 4: Formally enrol in a work experience course (ENGN3100, COMP4800, or COMP3560) in the semester in which you intend to complete and submit your work experience report. This is usually the semester immediately following your work experience placement. After enrolment, you will gain access to the Wattle site.

Step 5: Obtain a formal letter of employment for each of your employers (if multiple) detailing the duration of your placement, the nature of your work, and your supervisor’s details (e.g. accredited engineer or not). This letter will need to be included in your work experience report.

Step 6: Write your work experience report. For engineering students, the report should discuss the work completed during your placement and how this is connected to the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies. Reports are expected to be 10-15 pages. You can download a template of the report or view on the Wattle site.

Step 7: Submit your work experience report via Wattle, including a copy of your letter of employment. The due date will be posted on the Wattle site. The due date is usually in the final week of the semester.

How to enrol in work experience

To complete your Work Experience placement, you will need to enrol in one of the following courses via ISIS:

All work experience courses are zero units, and therefore do not attract a course fee.

For further information about these courses, please review ANU Programs and Courses.

How to secure a placement

By searching for your own work experience opportunities, you are gaining valuable insight into the job application process. Applying for jobs can be tricky, but luckily, there are many resources and support services available to help you find work, develop resumes and cover letters, and practice for interviews.

STEP 1: Understand the type of work experience you would like to get. Consider what industry, functions, location you would like to work in. This information can guide your job search.

STEP 2: Look for advertised opportunities or approach companies directly. Common places to look include:

CECS Student Services also has a list of organisations who have hosted work experience students in the past. See List of previous host organisations [PDF]. Remember, you will need to contact the organisation yourself.

Job search hint: don't just search for 'work experience'. Jobs advertised as part-time, casual and internship programs can often meet the requirements for work experiencee so don't limit your options. 

STEP 3: Develop a professional looking CV (resume) and cover letter. Utilise the resources available through ANU Careers for developing a professional and tailored application that clearly showcases your interest in gaining experience in a particular company. 

  • CV360 tool: get feedback on your CV through this intervative tool.

STEP 4: Prepare for interviews and other selection activities. ANU Careers also has resources to assist with these particularly the ANU Careers Toolkit. Book in and practice your interview skills at the ANU Career Hub. This is a specially designed space, which allows you to practice your interview skills using the latest interview simulation software.

I've completed ENGN3200 Engineering Internship. Do I have to submit a report for ENGN3100?

Work hours undertaken for the Engineering Internship course ENGN3200 can be counted towards ENGN3100 Work Experience requirements. You do however still need to submit a report and required evidence for ENGN3100.

If your total work hours counted towards ENGN3200 are less than 420 hours, you are required to account for other work experience that brings total hours of work experience to 420 hours in your ENGN3100 report.

For Engineering Internship ENGN3200 placements undertaken in 2020 onwards. Depending on how many hours of Engineering work you have completed in your ENGN3200 Engineering Internship, what you need to action for ENGN3100 will vary. Please read the information below and select the total hours you completed/will complete for ENGN3200 to understand what action you need to undertake for ENGN3100 Practical Experience.

If you completed your ENGN3200 before or by Summer session 2020 (December 2019 to February 2020), you do not need to follow this Guide, but contact CECS Student Employability team student.employability.cecs@anu.edu.au for advice.

420 HOURS COUNTED TOWARDS ENGN3200

Do I need to self enrol in ENGN3100 to graduate? Yes

Do I need to submit ENGN3100 Report? Yes

Required documents to submit for ENGN3100:

  • You must submit the following items via ENGN3100 Wattle site: - ENGN3200 Internship Report; ENGN3200 e-Journal and ENGN3200 Supervisor’s Report
  • Note: Evidence of the total hours completed for ENGN3200 may be required if your ENGN3200 Supervisor’s Report does not include the total hours completed.

MINIMUM 280 HOURS (covering the full engineering component) COUNTED TOWARDS ENGN3200

Do I need to self enrol in ENGN3100 to graduate? Yes

Do I need to submit ENGN3100 Report? Yes

Required documents to submit for ENGN3100:

  • You must submit the following items via ENGN3100 Wattle site: - ENGN3200 Internship Report - ENGN3200 e-Journal - ENGN3200 Supervisor’s Report
  • Note: Evidence of the total hours completed for ENGN3200 may be required if your ENGN3200 Supervisor’s Report does not include the total hours completed.
  • In your submission you must also include the following documents for your additional or nonengineering work completed elsewhere: - A formal letter of employment from your employer (detailing the duration of the placement including total hours, the nature of work undertaken and your supervisors name and position details) - A Feedback form completed by the employer. Please download required ENGN3100 supporting document templates here.

240 hours towards ENGN3200

Do I need to self enrol in ENGN3100 to graduate? Yes

Do I need to submit ENGN3100 Report? Yes

Required documents to submit for ENGN3100

  • You must submit the following items via ENGN3100 Wattle site: - ENGN3200 Internship Report - ENGN3200 e-Journal - ENGN3200 Supervisor’s Report
  • Note: Evidence of the total hours completed for ENGN3200 may be required if your ENGN3200 Supervisor’s Report does not include the total hours completed.
  • You are still required to complete the remaining 40 hours of engineering work to meet the minimum 280 hours of the engineering work component for ENGN3100. You do not need to provide a technical report for your remaining 40 hours of engineering work completed elsewhere or completed with the same employer but not counting towards your ENGN3200; however, in your submission you must include the following documents for the remaining engineering work hours: - A formal letter of employment from your employer (detailing the duration of the placement including total hours, the nature of work undertaken and your supervisors name and position details) - A Feedback form completed by the employer. In your submission you must also include the documents listed below for your nonengineering work completed elsewhere: - A formal letter of employment from your employer (detailing the duration of the placement including total hours, the nature of work undertaken and your supervisors name and position details) - A Feedback form completed by the employer. 

 

Need help?

Contact CECS Student Services, Employability and Experience at studentadmin.cecs@anu.edu.au

Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing