Internships

Take your learning and professional development beyond the classroom.

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The School of the Arts & Media offers an exciting range of opportunities including foot-in-the-door internships. Our Work Integrated Learning program and internship-matched courses will secure you work experience in media, film, creative writing, performing arts industries and much more. You never know where these professional connections could lead. 

  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL) refers to work learning experiences undertaken by students as part of their program of study. WIL at UNSW must be:

    • Embedded in a course and have an assigned unit of credit value; and/or
    • A program requirement for those professions that require a minimum level of work experience to receive accreditation.

    The School of the Arts & Media run three WIL courses to provide industry-engaged learning through internship opportunities with relevant industry hosts.

    If you have any questions, please contact the UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture WIL Unit.

  • All internship courses offered by the School of the Arts & Media are now both faculty- and student-sourced. This means that you can either submit an expression of interest for the faculty to source you an internship or secure your own internship and have it reviewed by the Work Integrated Learning Unit.

    Finding a host organisation (self-sourced)

    Most companies will advertise internship opportunities directly on their website. However, there are some other ways of expanding your search. These include:

    Creating a list of organisations: If you have some companies in mind that you would like to work for, keep track of them by compiling a list (perhaps in an Excel spreadsheet). Also include a link to their ‘Careers’ page.

    Checking key dates for internship/vacationer programs: Many large companies run their own internship/vacationer programs, usually during the summer or winter break. Make sure you are aware of the opening and closing dates for applications.

    Approaching employers directly: Also known as cold-calling, or a speculative application, approaching an employer or company directly is a great way of demonstrating your initiative and interest. Make sure you have researched the company beforehand and have your resume ready for submission.

    Utilising specific websites: Check internship listings on websites such as UNSW Careers Online (log in with your zPass), Arc Internships, GradConnection and the LinkedIn jobs board.

    Application & enrolment deadlines

    • Term 1: Week 6 of preceding term (faculty-sourced)
    • Term 2: Week 6 of preceding term (faculty-sourced)
    • Term 3: Week 6 of preceding term (faculty-sourced)

    Please contact the UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture WIL Unit to request an application form for self-sourced internships. Applications for faculty-sourced internships will be communicated to all eligible student emails 4-6 weeks before term commences.

  • ARTS3013 Performing Arts Industry Experience 

    This course provides you with an opportunity to gain industry experience by undertaking Work Integrated Learning on placement with a performing arts organisation. Students will be required to complete a number of assessments, including Internship Portfolio, Critical Reflection and a CV Workshop.

    Internships in ARTS3013 Performing Arts Industry Experience are matched by course convenor. You can apply without having first secured an internship.

    Offering term: Term 3 only

    Internship requirements: Subject to approval by course convenor, internship hours are negotiable and placements can be completed prior to the commencement of term.

    MDIA3007 Media and Arts Internship

    This course provides you with an industry-engaged learning experience through internship opportunities with relevant industry hosts. This course is offered to students enrolled in any single or double degree Media program or one of the following Major/Minors: Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, or Media, Culture and Technology.

    Offering terms: Term 1, Term 2, Term 3

    Internship requirements: You would normally undertake an internship 1-2 days per week within the duration of term.

    MDIA5100 Industry Internship

    This course provides you with an opportunity to undertake Work Integrated Learning and gain industry experience with a host organisation closely related to your Masters program.

    Offering terms: Term 1, Term 2, Term 3 

    Internship requirements: You would normally undertake an internship 1-2 days per week within the duration of term.