Work Integrated Learning

Integrating study & work experience

UNSW’s School of Social Sciences aims to provide every student in undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs with the opportunity to undertake a placement, internship or practicum. We refer to this as ‘work integrated learning’ and it is an integral part of our engagement with external organisations.

Students on work placement

Placements as part of Social Work/Social Research & Policy studies

Field education placements and work placements are provided as part of the core courses for the Bachelor of Social Work and the Bachelor of Social Research & Policy, respectively. These evolve from the School’s ongoing discussions with industry partners, practitioners and students, and facilitate a supportive transition into the workplace by providing the best fit for all parties involved. Most students report increased motivation to continue their studies or enter the workforce, and many have received job offers upon graduation.

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Internships with Jubilee Australia focused on global justice issues

The School’s Master of International Relations program provides internships for some of its highest-achieving students with Jubilee Australia, a non-government organisation fighting for global justice. This gives students an appreciation of the role played by NGOs in the international relations arena, and a chance to put their research skills into action in a real-world situation. In turn, this support has increased Jubilee Australia’s capacity to release a range of detailed reports that have formed the basis of its advocacy efforts.

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Internships supporting refugee and asylum seeker service providers

UNSW’s Centre for Refugee Research, located in the School of Social Sciences, offers internships which allow students to put theory into practice and further develop their skills while giving valuable support to service providers. A recent example involved liaising with the Community Development team in the Auburn City Council to design and implement the ‘Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood’ project, a simulated tour of the hardships faced by people, ranging from fleeing their home through to arriving in Australia.


Hear from our students

Work integrated learning is all about putting theory into practice! Hear from students at UNSW School of Social Sciences and their host organisations as they share their first hand experiences in this short video.