COMM5022 Industry Experience Program is a unique model that allows you to gain recognition for a self-sourced internship – whether they are opportunities in Australia, overseas or your home country.

Internships are an effective way to stand out in a competitive job market. Prospective employers are looking for graduates who can easily transition into the workplace, so the experience gained via internships is invaluable. 

In COMM5022, you are required to combine practical work experience with academic workshops and formal assessment tasks throughout the term.

Internships need to fit into an academic term to be eligible for course credit so there’s just a few things to check before you submit an application for the course. A self-sourced internship is eligible if the position is relevant to your degree and approved by the UNSW Business School.

Things your employer should know:

  • This is an academic course and you will need to complete academic assignments and workshops on top of your practical work
  • You are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours in placement during the term period
  • You are required to have at least one 30-minute meeting a week with your supervisor, and two formal 1 hour meetings and the beginning and end of your placement

Your company must agree to abide by the UNSW Work Integrated Learning Core Terms here and they are required to approve your placement before you are enrolled in COMM5022.

Let your supervisor know they will receive an email from the CA team verifying the position, then a second email from the Business Connect platform where they need to sign in and complete the WIL Agreement to approve your placement. Please note that you must provide a work email for your supervisor, and they must be able to communicate with us in English.

If your employer has any questions about the process, they can contact


    Placement and Application Closing Dates




    Applications are due by:

    Term 1 2023

    13th February

    21st April 

    30th January 2023, 5pm

    Term 2 2023

    29th May  

    4th August

    15th May 2023, 5pm

    Term 3 2023 11th September 17th November 28th August, 5pm


    For self-sourced placements outside of regular term period, please contact the Career Accelerator team to discuss potential eligibility. 

  • Quite possibly! You’re eligible for this course if you:

    • Have completed a minimum of 24 UoC by commencement of this course
    • Are in good academic standing
    • Have room in your degree for this course
    • You have achieved a score in yellow or green zone for your “LinkedIn profile” on the Career AI platform (Aspire module).
    • Have completed Career Accelerator: Essentials (Login using student enrolment key: Career_Accelerator)

    Important: The position must be relevant to your degree and approved by the UNSW Business School as meeting the relevant learning outcomes for the unit of study. 

    This course may count as a UNSW Business School Elective or alternate Capstone. It is your responsibility to ensure this course will count within your program requirements. It is recommended you refer to your program handbook and the progression plans to understand your current progression and program. Please contact your School to confirm if it is accepted as an alternate Capstone.

    • Applications must be submitted by the required deadlines – please check the ‘Important dates’ section above to find out when your application is due. 
    • Making an application is easy, to have your internship considered login to Business Connect with your UNSW zID.
    • Your application must include:
    • Your certificate of completion of Career Accelerator: Essentials

    • A position description on the company letterhead

    • The completed organisation checklist


    To view a more detailed user guide for the application process please click here

  • Assessment is satisfactory (SY)/unsatisfactory (FL) according to the standard UNSW scale.

    • Professional report 35%
    • Company profile 15% 
    • Reflection 40% (3 x questioning journals) 
    • Placement deliverables 10% 


Please consult the most up to date UNSW Handbook for full course details.

For further enquiries, please email us.