Internships & placements

We are committed to the academic and professional development of our students. We do this by facilitating a range of valuable, real-world professional and practical opportunities, in partnership with local, interstate and international industry and government organisations.

Benefits of hosting a student

Hosting a student from the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science is a great way to:

  • increase the profile of your organisation amongst future/prospective clients and employees
  • establish beneficial links with ANU
  • engage with highly motivated and talented students, allowing you to “test” a number of prospective employees out over a period of time (in terms of technical competency and organisational fit) to fill future vacancies.
  • play a key role in the development of the next generation of professionals in your industry
  • gain fresh perspectives on new or existing projects by utilising the skills and knowledge of our students.

There are a number of ways you can engage with our students. Three primary avenues include internships, vocational placements or general work experience arrangements. We encourage you to read more about these processes below and contact us to discuss.

Ways to engage

Internships (for academic credit)

An internship arrangement with a student from the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science is typically a paid training position of varying length (i.e. 10-40 hours per week). It allows undergraduate and postgraduate students to work within an organisation on real-world, complex problems in a business, government or broader community context.

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Internships allow students to develop the competencies expected of professionals in their field and gain hands-on experience in a workplace environment relevant to their area of future career interests and current academic studies. 
In order to be eligible for academic credit, students are also required to complete a range of academic assessment items to demonstrate the learning that has taken place throughout their internship placement to their Academic Convenor.

Speak to us about internships.

Vocational Placements (not for academic credit)

Vocational Placements for students from the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science are often offered by Australian and international organisations, companies, government agencies, non-profit and other workplaces. They allow students to work towards satisfying practical placement requirements specified as part of their professionally accredited degree (where applicable).

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These placements are not completed for academic credit; however, in programs where students are required to completed a practical placement as part of their degree requirements, they are recognised as Vocational Placements (as per the Fair Work Act). While students undertaking Vocational Placements are not required to be paid as an employee, the College of Engineering and Computer Science strongly encourages organisations to recognise student’s contributions by offering paid opportunities.  

Speak to us about Vocational Placements

General work experience

General work experience – for example, a casual job undertaken concurrently with study - is often sought by students to earn some extra money, to complement their academic learning and to further their professional development.

General work experience is not available for academic credit and is also not considered a Vocational Placement under the Fair Work Act, so students therefore need to be paid in line with the appropriate award and covered by the organisation’s insurance.

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Updated:  8 September 2015/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing