Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at UNSW is another aspect of our commitment to developing career-ready graduates equipped to succeed in today’s professional world.

WIL is student work learning experiences supported by the university that include professional development and reflective practice, to enhance student experience and employment outcomes. 

WIL is the next step in the journey towards your career. Getting industry experience while studying provides you with practical skills that will significantly improve your chances of getting the job you want.  

UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture has a range of WIL opportunities, from traditional placements to online project-based internships. We work with industry partners to create placements in Australia and overseas that you can undertake as a free or prescribed elective, a core course in your degree, or a course towards your major.  

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.

Benefits of Work Integrated Learning

  • access and explore the world of work before you graduate
  • build professional networks to support your transition into the workforce
  • enhance your CV with real-world experiences closely aligned with your career trajectory. Access the UNSW Resume Checker to build your resume
  • gain credit towards your degree for experiential learning that contributes to work-readiness
  • undertake an experience that is insured by UNSW
  • develop essential soft skills including communication, teamwork, time management, confidence and problem-solving
  • apply theory to real-life situations 
  • gain real-world and practical experience in everyday work life and industry culture
  • gain a competitive edge as an entrepreneur or a jobseeker in a dynamic market.

Our students have completed internships with the following organisations:

  • Channel Nine
  • Macquarie Legal Centre
  • Bauer Media
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival
  • Department of Family & Community Services
  • Burson-Marsteller
  • Juvenile Justice
  • 1 Million Women
  • Corrective Services NSW

WIL courses offered by Arts, Design & Architecture


For further information, please see our frequently asked questions.

Become a WIL host organisation

All the information required to join forces with UNSW and provide engaging, rewarding WIL experiences for our students.