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. 

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Social Work Placements

Field Placement

As a Social Work student, you have the opportunity to focus on particular contexts or methods of practice, directed by the elective courses and placements you chose.

You will undertake two field placements during your degree:

1. The first Social Work placement is in Terms 1 and 2 of third year and involves 70 days placement in an agency.

2. The second is in Term 2 and 3 of fourth year and involves 70 days of placement in an agency.

Placements evolve from the School’s ongoing discussions with social work practitioners and students, and facilitate preparation for professional practice. Most students report increased motivation to continue their studies or enter the workforce, and many have received job offers upon graduation. Each placement also involves compulsory seminars on campus.

Social Research & Policy Placement

Our Social Research and Policy degree gives you the opportunity to gain practical experience related to your area of interest. Work placements are provided as part of the core course for the Bachelor of Social Research & Policy. 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.

Third year students may be able to pursue a structured and supported vocational placement designed to provide an understanding of organisational contexts and the development of professional skills.

A range of placements will be offered to students including:

  • UNSW Research Centres
  • UNSW administrative branches and other relevant UNSW organisations
  • mentoring placement with UNSW academic staff members
  • organisations outside UNSW organised by the internship coordinator
  • organisations identified by the student and agreed upon by the Internship coordinator

Most students report increased motivation to continue their studies or enter the workforce, and many have received job offers upon graduation.

Development Studies

Students in our undergraduate program have the opportunity to include a degree credit internship which provides the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a variety of development related organisations internationally.

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.