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 105 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.

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.

Internship opportunities are added weekly. To see the latest opportunities available, please refresh the page.

Teaching Period
Application deadline for self-sourced internships
Application deadline for University-sourced internships
Semester 2 2022

Sunday 10 July 2022

All University-sourced internships are now closed.

University-sourced internships for the Summer holidays will be listed here soon.

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.

If you do not hear back from a company by the 8th of July, you should presume that your application is unsuccessful.

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), take a screen shot of their score, showing their name, and upload the screen shot file with their resume and application.
    • 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
    • Complete the application form on SONIA.
    • Submit Program Director email approval (only if you are seeking to take the subject as a discipline specific elective).

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

    Applications must be submitted by the advertised date.

    Please note that whilst you are allowed to apply for all the UoM sourced opportunities that are currently available, once you receive an offer, other applications that you have submitted will no longer be considered.

  • Step 4: Application assessment and outcome
    • The Faculty of Business and Economics will assess all applications according to the host organisation's requirements.
    • Students who are successful in securing an interview will be contacted directly by the organisation.
    • Successful students will be notified by the host organisation.
    • Students who are not contacted by the organisation should presume that they have been unsuccessful.

    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.

  • Step 5: Subject enrolment
    • Once notified by the organisation, students will need to advise the Faculty of Business and Economics  of their successful outcome by emailing FBE-internships@unimelb.edu.au with evidence of their offer.
    • Students will then receive a VPLA which will need to be completed and returned prior to enrolment.
    • Students will be provided with an outcome e-mail confirming permission to enrol and instructions on next steps and subject enrolment.
  • Step 6: Subject coordinator contacts students
    • Students will be emailed the subject manual and an overview of the academic mentor process.
    • Students will be introduced to their academic mentor and provided contact details.

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
  • 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 “MBS Self Sourced Internship” placement group. Choose the relevant placement group depending on the whether you are an international or domestic student.
      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. 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.
  • Step 4: Application assessment

    Your eligibility will be assessed, and placement and host suitability will be checked

    There are 40 placements available per intake. If there are more than 40 applications submitted, assessment and approval will take place according to the order (date and time) in which they are received.

  • Step 5: Application outcome and subject enrolment
    • 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 given instructions on next steps and subject enrolment.
  • Step 6: Subject coordinator contacts students
    • Students will be emailed the subject manual and an overview of the academic mentor process.
    • Students will be introduced to their academic mentor and provided contact details.

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.

Contact us

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

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.