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 and Semester 2.

You can source your own internship for credit, or apply for a University-sourced internship opportunity under 'Key dates and available opportunities.'

What will I learn through an internship?

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, such as communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem-solving, creativity, work ethic, interpersonal skills, and time management.

Whether remote or in-person, an internship will help you to build a professional network and get an edge in the job market.

What's involved?

To complete this subject, you must:

  • apply to have your self-sourced placement approved by the Faculty or be offered a university-sourced placement;
  • work for a minimum of 90 hours at your placement within the chosen enrolment period;
  • complete the pre- and post-placement assessment tasks within the enrolment period.

Throughout the internship, I was able to consolidate knowledge from my Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Economics) and Master of Digital Marketing and apply them to create a real impact... Illume Foundation provided mentorship and facilitated workshops with start-up founders and guest speakers to deepen my understanding of startup culture in Australia and inspire my own start-up spirit. All in all, it was an insightful, unique and exciting experience that shaped both my career and life paths.

- An Duong, Business and Economics Internship with Startup Gippsland

Read about An Duong's internship experience

Internship requirements

  • Entry requirements

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

  • What is not a suitable internship?

    The following situations are not suitable placements:

    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 from 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;

  • Requirements for Master of Digital Marketing Students
    • If you wish to complete an internship as a capstone subject, you must indicate this on the application form.
    • The application will then be reviewed by the Subject Coordinator and your Program Director to assess if the proposed internship is suitable as a capstone subject. Upon approval, you can commence with the internship.
    • If you are applying for University-sourced opportunities, you can only apply to the ones that are approved as capstones for the Master of Digital Marketing.
    • Enrolment in BUSA90525 will not be counted as a capstone without prior approval from the Subject Coordinator and your Program Director.
  • Requirements for International Students
    • International students on student visas are limited to 40 hours a fortnight across both unpaid and paid internships.
    • International students on student visas should ensure that they are compliant with the working hours' limitations attached to their visas. BUSA90525 Business and Economics Internship is an elective subject that 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 application at least 10 business days prior to the start date of your internship.

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 are now closed for summer self-sourced internships
Enrolment period dates: 28/11/2022 - 24/02/2023
Applications are now closed for summer university-sourced internships
Semester 1, 2023
Internship dates: Between 01/03/2023 - 26/05/2023
Applications open:
Monday 5 December 2022 at 9am AEDT
Applications close: Sunday 22 January 2023 at 11:59pm AEDT
Internship dates: Between 01/03/2023 - 26/05/2023
Applications open:
Monday 5 December 2022 at 9am AEDT
Applications close:
Tuesday 17 January 2023 at 5pm AEDT
Interviews with host organisations (indicative dates - shortlisted students only):
30/01/2023 - 13/02/2023

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

University-sourced internships

Applications for Semester 1, 2023 internships closed on 17 January 2023. Internships for Semester 2, 2023 will be posted closer to applications opening.

Previous host organisations include Asia Education Foundation, Capfeather, Frais Capital, ManpowerGroup, Mercedes-Benz (LSH Auto), Stannards Accountants & Advisors, Straight Bat Private Equity, T2, The Ritz-Carlton and UN Global Compact Network Australia.

How to apply

The process to apply for a self-sourced internship and a University-sourced internship differs. Please follow the steps for your selected internship prior to lodging your application.

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 so book your spot early.

  • Improve your employability skills by attending one of our FBE skills workshops. Sessions will be advertised in your weekly MBS Newsletters, but you can also access recordings via the Canvas Community.
  • Attend Student Services workshops and information sessions (apply 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 all your documentation - some may require action such as sign-off from your host company.

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

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

  • How much does the Business and Economics Internship 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 the timely completion of pre-placement modules.

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

    No. A student cannot be enrolled in BUSA90525 while completing an intensive subject. Please refer to the Handbook for the Business Practicum and the 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 applications are open - please refer to Key dates and available opportunities.

    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.

  • Can I complete Business and Economics Internship at the same time as BUSA90485?

    As BUSA90485 Global Business Practicum is an intensive subject where students travel overseas, if your internship crosses over with the overseas travel component, it may not be possible to do both BUSA90525 and BUSA90485 at the same time.

    You can complete these subjects in different semesters.

  • Do my self-sourced documents have to be submitted in English?

    Yes, your self-sourced documents need to be submitted in English. Please also submit your documents in their original language including any official company logos, seals or letterheads.

Contact us

Students can email FBE-internships@unimelb.edu.au. Please include your student ID and that you're enquiring about BUSA90525.

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.