Design Internship


Design Internship is an opportunity for students in the Bachelor of Design to undertake a work placement relevant to one of the twelve majors. During your internship, you'll draw on your discipline skills and will have a chance to work alongside professionals in your industry.

All students undertaking an internship are required to attend pre and post placement seminars, and to complete 80 - 100 hours of an approved work placement. Students are responsible for finding a suitable work placement prior to the commencement of semester. We recommend that you begin approaching potential host organisations at least four weeks prior to the start of semester, to ensure sufficient time for approval and enrolment. If you contact a relevant workplace that agrees to take you on as an intern, let us know as soon as possible, as we'll need to check that the host organisation and workplace are appropriate before allowing you to begin your internship.

There will also be a limited amount of placements with pre-approved host organisations, offered through the Faculties involved. These internships will be advertised in the BDes newsletter, Vivid. Students applying for these positions will be required to submit an application and CV. The application process is competitive, with shortlisted applicants proceeding to interview, and the successful candidate selected by the host organisation.

Download the Design Internship subject guide

How to apply

Step 1 Complete the Application Form

You may provisionally enrol in the Design Internship subject for either Semester 1 or Semester 2. Confirmation of enrolment is subject to Coordinator approval after you have completed the Application Form. Please note that application for Semester 1 is CLOSED.

Application form

Step 2 Complete the risk assessment

After you have confirmed your placement with the host organisation, complete and submit the Vocational Placement Risk Assessment.

Vocational Placement Risk Assessment

Step 3 Wait for your Letter Agreement

The faculty will draw up a Vocational Placement Letter Agreement, the legal agreement between the University of Melbourne and the Host Organisation.

N.B. This step is for the faculty to complete, the student does not need to do anything until it is time to sign the Student Deed below).

Step 4 Sign a Student Deed

You will be asked to sign a Student Deed, which is the second part of the Vocational Placement Letter Agreement. The Student Deed must be signed and returned to design-internship@unimelb.edu.au before the internship commences.

Refer to the checklist for students for assistance with completing your Student Deed.

More information

Please email design-internship@unimelb.edu.au with any questions about the internship application process.

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