Business and Economics Internship

Gain industry experience and boost your CV while earning credit towards your degree. This subject is offered four times a year, in Summer, Semester 1, Winter and Semester 2.

In order to continue offering this subject during the current outbreak of COVID-19, consideration will be given to internship proposals that are deemed suitable for remote working from home placements, depending on the COVID-19 government workplace restrictions at the time.

The BUSA90525 Business and Economics Internship subject offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and test your chosen career path, whilst earning credit towards your degree. An internship will help you develop the skills employers are looking for, build a professional network and get an edge in the job market.

This subject is worth 12.5 credit points and enrolments are capped due to its high demand.

Advertised internships are listed under 'Key dates and available opportunities.'

What will I learn through an internship?

An internship gives you the best opportunities to gain valuable work experience, whilst also exploring and testing a career path.

It provides you the environment to develop and refine your skills which will enable you to interact effectively with other people in the workplace. Such skills include communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem solving, creativity, work ethic, interpersonal skills and time management.

How a remote internship will prepare you for the future of work

The world of work is changing. See what prospective employers are saying about the benefits of completing a remote placement.

What's involved?

To complete this subject, you must:

  • have your placement approved by the faculty prior to enrolment by submitting an application and your supporting documents(if you have sourced the internship yourself);
  • work for a minimum of 90 hours at your placement within the chosen enrolment period (additional hours are acceptable if the assessments are completed by the end of the selected enrolment period, subject to final approval);
  • complete the pre- and post-placement assessment tasks within the enrolment period.

I was afforded the opportunity to liaise with diverse stakeholders within the organisation including scientists, consultants, executive leadership and business development managers.

- Hasini Ilangaratne, Business and Economics Internship with CSIRO

Read about Hasini's internship experience

Internship requirements

  • Entry requirements

    Please refer to the Eligibility and requirements section of the handbook.

  • Master of Digital Marketing Students Only

    To make the most of your studies, the Faculty of Business and Economics  offers opportunity to partake in internships. If students wish to complete an internship as a capstone subject, they must indicate this on the application form.

    The application will then go into a review process that involves the Subject Coordinator and Program director  who will assess if the proposed internship is suitable as a capstone subject. Upon approval, you can then commence with the internship.

    If you are applying for university sourced opportunities, you can only apply to the ones that state that it is approved as capstone for Master of Digital Marketing.

    Enrolment in BUSA90525 will not be counted as a capstone without prior approval from the Subject Coordinator and the Program Director.

  • What is not a suitable internship?

    The following situations are not suitable placements for this subject:

    1.  Working within your family business or where a member of your immediate family (parents, step-parents, spouse, partner or sibling) will be the work placement supervisor
    2.  Organisations with fewer than five staff employed
    3.  Retail assistant roles
    4.  Hospitality front of house roles such as bar attendants and waiters
    5.  A role within a workplace where you are currently employed, unless there is sufficient evidence that:
    - the placement is substantially different to your current role;
    - the placement will take place in a different department;
    - you will be supervised by a different supervisor; and
    - the area of work is related to your studies;

  • International Students

    International students on student visas are limited to 40 hours a fortnight across both unpaid and paid internships.

    All international students on student visas should ensure that they are compliant with the working hours limitations attached to their visa. BUSA90525 Business and Economics Internship is an elective subject which may count towards your working hours, even if your internship is unpaid.

    For further information see the Department of Home Affairs website: Check visa details and conditions.

  • Unpaid internships and the Fair Work Act

    Students seeking to take an unpaid internship in Australia must meet the guidelines applicable to the guidelines set out by Fair Work Ombudsman. Please see the Fair Work website for guidance.

Key dates and available opportunities

Placements must be aligned within one of the teaching periods below. Applications must be submitted by the respective closing dates.

Note: You must submit your applications ahead of time with at least 10 business days prior to the start date of your internship for your application to be assessed and processed.

Please take note of the application deadlines as late applications will not be accepted.

Teaching Period
Application dates for self-sourced internships
Application dates for University-sourced internships
Summer, 2022/2023
Enrolment period dates: 28/11/2022 - 24/02/2023
Applications open: Monday 19 September 2022 at 9am AEST
Applications close:
Sunday 30 October 2022 at 11:59pm AEDT for internships commencing prior to Monday 19 December 2022
Sunday 4 December 2022 at 11:59pm AEDT for Internships commencing on or after Monday 19 December 2022
Enrolment period dates: 28/11/2022 - 24/02/2023
Applications open: Monday 19 September 2022 at 9am AEST
Applications close: Thursday 6 October 2022 at 11:59pm AEDT
Interviews with host organisations (indicative dates - shortlisted students only): 13/10/2022 - 28/10/2022

*Please see the available university-sourced internships for Summer below*
Semester 1, 2023
Applications open: Monday 5 December 2022
Applications close: Sunday 22 January 2023
Applications open: Monday 5 December 2022
Applications close: Tuesday 17 January 2023

Once a complete application is submitted for self-sourced internships, the application will be processed within 10 business days, or longer if additional information is required.

University-sourced internships: Summer

Asia Education Foundation at Asialink - Business Development Intern
Asia Education Foundation at Asialink - Digital Marketing Strategy Intern (approved as capstone for Master of Digital Marketing)
Australian Red Cross Society - ESG Data Analyst Intern
Clutch Industries - Loyalty Program Marketing Co-ordinator Intern
CSIRO - Global Engagement Intern
CSIRO - Strategic Partnerships Intern
Escala Partners - Investment Committee Intern
Exergenics - Marketing Intern
Far More - Digital Marketing Intern (approved as capstone for Master of Digital Marketing)
FTI Consulting - Forensic Accounting Intern
Grattan Institute - Economic Policy Program Intern
Greenfields Group - Marketing Intern
Hatch Quarter - Business Analyst Intern
Health & Biomedical Research Information Technology Unit - Uni Melb - Marketing Intern
HRL Technology Group - Business Analyst Intern
HRL Technology Group - Market Analyst Intern
*Illume Foundation - Startup Intern
JLGM & Co - Accounting Intern
KeyLead Health - Business Analyst Intern
ManpowerGroup - CORE Intern - Center Of Recruitment Excellence
ManpowerGroup - Finance and Accounting Intern
ManpowerGroup - People and Culture Intern
ManpowerGroup - Recruitment Consultant Enterprise Accounts Intern
ManpowerGroup - Social Media Marketing Intern
Mercedes-Benz (LSH Auto) - Accounting and Finance Intern
MindTribes - Consulting Intern
Paperclip Partners - Research Intern
Ready Set - Project Implementation Intern
Rectifier Technologies Ltd - Accounting Intern
SANE - Marketing and Communications Intern
SANE - People and Culture Intern
Smartrak  - Marketing Intern
Straight Bat Private Equity - Investment Intern
Swoop Aero - Commercial Partnership Intern
Swoop Aero - Government Relations and Regulatory Engagement Intern
Swoop Aero - Marketing Intern
Swoop Aero - Policy Intern
The Clutch Hub - Sales and Marketing Intern
The Gemba Group - Research and Insights Intern
The No Nasties Project - Marketing Intern (approved as capstone for Master of Digital Marketing)
Trend Micro - Marketing Research Intern
Vesparum Capital - Summer Intern
VitalTrace - Business Development and Commercialisation Intern

*UniMelb Startup Summer Internship powered by Illume Foundation
Find out more about the Illume Summer Internship and Fellowship Program here.
*This is a separate application process to the university-sourced internship opportunities listed above. Please apply via the Illume Foundation website and indicate you would like to apply for course credit. Illume Foundation will liaise with the University and successful students will be contacted by the University in relation to their subject enrollment. Business and Economics Internship subject eligibility criteria applies.

How to apply: University-sourced internship

  • Step 1: Check your eligibility
    • Check available internships on the website and Careers Online.
    • Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements for the advertised role, can commit to the advertised hours of the position and have capacity in your study plan before you submit an application.
    • International students – please refer to working hours limitations attached to student visas. BUSA90525 Business and Economics Internship is an elective subject which may count towards your working hours, even if your internship is unpaid.
    • If you intend to complete an internship placement as a general elective towards your degree, seek advice from the Course Advisers at Stop 1 to check that you have capacity in your study plan. If you intend to complete an internship as a discipline-specific elective in your degree, you must seek approval from your Program Director.
  • Step 2: Prepare your supporting documents
    • Update your resume. Preparing your resume, online professional profile and pitch can take time and planning. Great feedback helps improve your job portfolio, your confidence and your success.
    • Students who apply for University sourced internships are recommended to have their resume reviewed using the Smart Resume platform. Students are encouraged to achieve a green zone rating (86-100/100).
    • If you are having any issues reaching a green zone rating, please watch the “Smart Resume demonstration video” on the Resources page in the MBS Career Elevation.
  • Step 3: Submit your application
    • Applications are to be submitted via SONIA.
    • Click here for university-sourced internship application instructions
    • Submit Program Director email approval (only if you are seeking to take the subject as a discipline specific elective).

    Note:

    • Applications must be submitted by the advertised closing date.
    • Ensure all supporting documents have been completed to avoid delays with your assessment.
    • Do not submit multiple applications for one UoM sourced opportunity. If you need to update your application, please contact fbe-internships@unimelb.edu.au
    • If you do submit multiple applications, your most recent submission will be utilised.
    • If you wish to withdraw an application, please contact fbe-insternships@unimelb.edu.au as you cannot withdraw your own application once it is submitted.
    • You can apply for up to three UoM sourced opportunities per enrollment period (please only apply for opportunities relevant to your career goals and skillset). Once you receive an offer, you will have a maximum of 48 hours to accept or decline. If you accept the offer, you will no longer be considered for other applications that you have submitted.
    • A maximum number of applications will be accepted per UoM sourced opportunity. Once an opportunity reaches the maximum number of applications, no further submissions will be accepted.
  • Step 4: Application assessment, outcome and subject enrolment
    • The Faculty of Business and Economics will assess all applications according to the eligibility criteria and the host organisation's requirements.
    • Students who are successful in securing an interview will be contacted directly by the host organisation.
    • Successful students will be notified by the host organisation.
    • Students who are not contacted by the organisation by 28/10/2022 should presume that they have been unsuccessful.
    • Once the host organisation has notified the University of the successful applicants,  the student will receive an outcome e-mail confirming permission to enrol and instructions on next steps and subject enrolment.

    Please ensure that you have set up a professional voicemail on the phone number that you have provided in your application and check your student emails regularly.

How to apply: Self-sourced internships

  • Step 1: Check your eligibility
    • If you are intending to complete an internship placement as a general elective towards your degree, seek advice from the Course Advisers at Stop 1 to check that you have capacity in your study plan.
    • If you are intending to complete an internship as a discipline specific elective for your degree you must seek approval from your Program Director.
  • Step 2: Prepare your supporting documents
      • If you are completing a local or international placement, ask your host organisation to fill in and provide the  the following documents:
        Placement Schedule (Australian-based companies only) OR Placement Schedule (International-based companies only)
        Workplace Behaviour Policy of the host organisation
        Occupation Health and Policy of the host organisation  
        Occupational Health and Safety form
      • Ensure you have received approval from your Program Director and submit in your application, if you are selecting this internship subject as a discipline specific elective.
  • Step 3: Submit your application

    Please ensure all supporting documents have been completed to avoid delays with your assessment.

    Applications must be submitted by the closing date for your selected enrolment period.

    Please note that the application form must only be submitted once you have confirmed an internship.

    1. Login to Sonia Live using your University of Melbourne student credentials:  https://unimelb.sonialive.com. Click on  Faculty of Business and Economics.
    2. Click on the Placements tab on the menu bar at the top of the page and search for the “BUSA90525 & CMCE20001 Self-Sourced” placement group. Choose the relevant placement group depending on your internship dates and whether you are applying for a local or international placement.
      Please note that the relevant Placement Group will only appear if applications are currently open for an upcoming intake. If the semester you are looking for does not appear in the list, it has either closed, or will be opened up once the current semester closes. Check the key dates section above to find out when applications are open for the different intakes.
    3. Click the green + Join option. This will give you access to the subject application form.
    4. Click on the Forms tab on the menu bar at the top of the page and click edit on the self-sourced application form. Complete all fields of the application form and, click submit. Please take note of the application due date as we do not accept late submissions.
    5. Please do not leave the placement group once you have submitted your application form.
  • Step 4: Application assessment, outcome and subject enrolment
    • Your eligibility will be assessed, and placement and host suitability will be checked
    • Once a complete application is submitted, the application will be processed within 10 business days (or longer if additional information is required).
    • If you have received a successful outcome, you will be sent a Vocational Placement Letter Agreement (unpaid internships) or Professional Placement Letter Agreement (paid internships) for your host organisation to sign. Once this is returned, you will be given instructions on the next steps and subject enrolment.

Preparing for your internship

The University offers a range of resources, workshops, and information sessions to assist you with preparing a quality CV, strengthening your interview skills and much more. Places are limited and sessions fill quickly so book early.

  • Improve your employability skills by attending one of our FBE skills workshops. Sessions will be advertised in the weekly BCom Newsletters, but you can access recordings via the Canvas Community.
  • Attend Student Services workshops and information sessions (remember to choose the 'Careers & Employability' filter).
  • Use tools to build your skills in job seeking, resume building, interview performance and more with EmployMe.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I've found a placement opportunity myself and am ready to apply for the Business and Economics Internship subject. What do I need to do now?

    If you have secured your placement and agreed on your start and end dates, you are ready to apply. Before submitting your application, ensure you have completed all required documents, some of which need to be completed and signed off by your host company supervisor.

    More information on how to apply if you have sourced your own internship

  • My family run a business. Can I arrange a placement there?

    No, a student's family business or a business where a member of their immediate family (parents, step-parents, siblings, spouse or partner) will be the work placement supervisor, is not a suitable internship opportunity.

  • Does my internship have to be within the teaching period of the semester?

    Yes, due to the assessments that are part of the subject, the nominated internship must take place within the chosen enrolment period. Any additional hours are acceptable if assessment is completed by the end of the selected enrolment period; however, this is subject to approval.

  • How long will it take to assess my self-sourced application?

    Once a complete application (including all required forms and documents) is submitted, the application will be processed within 10 business days or longer ( if additional information is required). Please note this timeline only applies for self-sourced internships.

  • How much does the subject cost?

    The cost of the Business and Economics Internships Subject is a standard University subject fee.

    • Interstate/Regional/Overseas placements may also incur additional travel and/or accommodation fees and expenses
  • How soon can I start my internship once enrolled into BUSA90525?

    If your application is successful, at least five business days are required between enrolment and your internship start date, for timely completion of pre-placement modules.

  • Can I complete an internship placement while enrolled in a Practicum subject?

    No. A student cannot be enrolled in another subject at the same time as completing an intensive practicum subject. Please refer to the Handbook for restrictions Business Practicum and Global Business Practicum.

  • Why can't I see a university-sourced opportunity on SONIA or Careers Online?

    Opportunities will only be visible on SONIA and Careers Online when the application period is open.

    Each opportunity has a maximum number of applications that can be submitted. Once an opportunity has reached this maximum, it will no longer appear for you to select in SONIA.

Contact us

If you have questions about the Business and Economics Internship subject, please email FBE-internships@unimelb.edu.au

If you are an organisation looking to get involved, please find further information here.

Further information

View the subject in the Handbook.

Read about the experiences of MBS students who completed the Business and Economics Internship in Student Stories.