What is the Business Internship Program?

The Business Internship Program is a UniSA Business School initiative which ensures all business students are given the opportunity to gain workplace experience during their studies.

The Business Internships team manage student coursework placements, and work with course coordinators to ensure courses link with industry and assessments are designed to enhance student employability.


What are the placement and internship courses?

There are a variety of placement and internship courses designed to fit into undergraduate and postgraduate programs as electives. Detailed information about these courses can be found on the students page.

Undergraduate courses

BUSS
3080

Management Practicum

15 day placement

4.5 units

one elective

MARK
3013

Marketing Practicum

15 day placement

4.5 units

one elective

BUSS
3100

Commerce Practicum

15 day placement

4.5 units

one elective

BUSS
3010

Industry Project

30 day internship

9 units

two electives

BUSS
3088

Business Internship

45 day internship

18 units

four electives

Postgraduate courses

BUSS
5396

Professional Experience in Business

15 day placement

4.5 units

one elective

BUSS
5431

Business Internship G

30 day internship

9 units

two electives


Which course do I enrol in?

There are two things students need to consider when deciding which course to enrol in.

  1. The number of available electives.
    Some programs only offer one or two elective courses in their structure. Where programs offer up to four elective courses students will need to consider how many electives they have already completed, and how many electives they have available in their study plan.
  2. Course prerequisite requirements.
    All placement and internship courses have prerequisite requirements. For example, undergraduate placement and internship courses are available exclusively to third year students; this means undergraduate students must have completed 72 units of study before they can enrol.

What are the course prerequisite requirements?

A summary of the placement and internship requirements are below, please ensure you check the course homepage for the course you are enrolling in to confirm the prerequisite requirements.

BUSS
3080

Management Practicum

completed 72 units of study

GPA 4.0 or higher

MARK
3013

Marketing Practicum

completed 72 units of study

GPA 4.0 or higher

BUSS
3100

Commerce Practicum

completed 72 units of study

GPA 4.0 or higher

BUSS
3010

Industry Project

completed 72 units of study

GPA 4.0 or higher

BUSS
3088

Business Internship

completed 72 units of study

GPA 4.0 or higher

BUSS
5396

Professional Experience in Business

completed 9 units of study

GPA 4.0 or higher

BUSS
5431

Business Internship G

completed 18 units of study

GPA 4.5 or higher


How do I enrol in a placement course?

You can enrol in placement courses through your myEnrolment portal. 

Students enrolled in placement courses will be receive information via email around 10 weeks before the study period starts about how to apply for placement opportunities.

Students who have sourced their own opportunity can submit a self-placement submission via InPlace from the day after they have enrolled.

How to complete the InPlace self-placement submission form.


What placement opportunities are available and how do I apply?

Placement opportunities will be advertised via InPlace around 10 weeks before the study period starts. There will be a two week application period where students can identify which placement opportunities interest them and rank them in order of preference.

Students will be asked to submit a copy of their CV and a cover letter when they submit their preferences to help course coordinators to rank and allocate placements. The Career Hub offers some great online resources to support students with developing a CV and cover letter; look under self-help resources.

For information on how to submit your placement preferences please see the Applying for placement and internship opportunities guide.


Can I find my own placement?

Yes, the Business School allows students to identify their own placement opportunities. You are not required to find your own placement, but if you have a niche interest or something specific you want to achieve by undertaking a placement, it may be beneficial to look into finding your own opportunity.

When looking for placement opportunities keep your course requirements in mind, you need to have a clearly defined project to work on that will provide an output. For example, a student may undertake a review of a business process and provide a recommendation in the form of a report or presentation.

If you source your own placement opportunity you will need to complete the self-placement submission form via InPlace as soon as possible. The information in your self-placement submission form will flow onto the Business Internships team and we will contact the agency you have identified and finalise your placement arrangements.

How to complete the InPlace self-placement submission form.

When you submit a self-placement submission the ‘to do’ icon will remain on your home screen until we finalise your placement; this may take some time and your patience is appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns about your self-placement submission you can send an email to business.internships@unisa.edu.au.


Can I undertake placement at my workplace?

Undertaking a placement or internship with your employer as part of your studies is not normally permitted. Working on a placement project that is an extension of your job will not meet course requirements, and receiving payment for work you undertake on a placement project is strictly prohibited.

Placement and internship opportunities should provide new and challenging experiences. These opportunities focus on your learning and development; this involves experimenting, risk-taking, making mistakes, and dedicating time to analysing your experiences for the purpose of scholarship. Undertaking a placement project with an organisation is significantly different from participating in paid employment with the same organisation.

If you have a potential placement opportunity with your employer that is significantly different from your paid position, and you are able to undertake the placement in an unpaid capacity; please email business.internships@unisa.edu.au to apply in writing for an exemption.

For example, if you are working for an organisation in a general administrative capacity, and you are a marketing student who has an opportunity to work on a marketing and communications plan, or a commerce student who has an opportunity to work on an accounting project; you may be eligible for an exemption.


Do I have to complete my placement on a full time basis?

No, you can complete your placement days flexibly over the course of the study period.

Host organisations understand students undertaking placements will have study commitments and be required to attend university classes while on placement. Placement schedules and contact hours are negotiated between the student and host organisation prior to commencing placement.

Please be mindful when enrolling in summer and winter school courses (i.e. study period 4 and study period 7) that host organisations may expect a more intensive mode of attendance. 


Does the Business School provide insurance for students on placement?

Yes. The Business School provides Professional Indemnity, Public Liability and Personal Accident students for all students undertaking a coursework placement.

Business School students who pursue placement and internship opportunities outside of their coursework are not normally covered by the University’s insurance scheme.


If I want more information who do I talk to?

You can email business.internships@unisa.edu.au, or call Carly on 8302 0508.