Internships

Build your business skills and your network with an internship.

What is a Commerce internship?

An internship is a fixed-term opportunity to practice and develop professional skills under supervision in the workplace. It may take place during vacation periods – in which case it may be referred to as a Vacation Program – or on a part-time basis at any time of the year only if it fits within a semester enrolment period.

CMCE20001 Commerce Internship is a new for-credit subject available to Bachelor of Commerce students. This subject offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and test your chosen career path, whilst earning credit toward 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 pass/fail subject is worth 12.5 credit points and enrollments will be available for students who have sourced their own internship and university-sourced internships.

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;
  • 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.
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Internship requirements

  • Entry requirements

    This subject is available to Bachelor of Commerce students. You must receive permission from the subject coordinator before enrolling in the subject via an application process. You must have completed a minimum of 100 credit points of undergraduate study at the time of application.

  • Internship suitability

    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.

    Normally, a role within a workplace where you are currently employed as a part-time or full -time employee is not suitable, unless you can work on a particular project with defined learning outcomes during the enrolment period, or there is enough evidence that the placement is substantially different from your current role.

    If you have already commenced an internship we can still consider your application provided it is a genuine internship and you can complete a minimum of 90 hours placement during the enrolment period.

    Students that are currently in an internship that would like to gain credit for CMCE20001 are required to demonstrate that they are undertaking activities that are substantially different from the previous tasks, in order to achieve a learning outcome. You can refer to the Intended Learning Outcomes in the handbook and address them as part of your application form.

  • Health and Safety requirements

    Prior to starting your internship, please read the health and safety - off-campus requirements.

  • Information for international students only

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

    International students on student visas must also ensure that they are compliant with the working hours' limitations attached to their visa. Commerce 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 set out by Fairwork Ombudsman. Please see the website for guidance.

Key dates

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

Note: You must submit your applications ahead of time 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
Self-sourced internships
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
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

From 5 December 2022, you can apply to complete an internship in Semester 1, 2023. Applications close on 17 January 2023.

Accounting

BSA Partnership - Undergraduate Accountant Intern
JLGM - Accounting Intern
ManpowerGroup - Finance and Accounting Intern (repeated below) 
Morris Cohen Glen & Co - Accounting/Business Intern
Rectifier Technologies Ltd - Accounting Intern
Smith Feutrill - Graduate Accountant Intern
Stannards  - Undergraduate Accountant Intern

Business and Management

Anvarta - Research Intern
Asia Education Foundation at Asialink - Business Development Intern
Capfeather - Associate Intern
Hatch Quarter - Analyst Intern
Himilo Ltd - Business Support Intern
HRL Technology Group - Business Analyst Intern
HRL Technology Group – Market Analyst Intern
iGroup Australia Pty Ltd - International Business Management Intern
Keylead Health - Business Analyst Intern
Right Lane Consulting Pty Ltd - Management Consultant Intern
T2 - Wholesale Intern
The Advanced Genomics Collaboration - Genomic Innovation Project Intern - ID predict project
The Advanced Genomics Collaboration - Genomic Innovation Project Intern - Liquid Biopsy project
UN Global Compact Network Australia - Business and Human Rights Intern
UN Global Compact Network Australia - Environment and Climate Change Intern
UN Global Compact Network Australia - Stakeholder Engagement Intern
UN Global Compact Network Australia - Sustainability and Governance Intern
VitalTrace - Business Development and Commercialisation Intern
Vmor - Business Development Intern
WeGuide - Customer Success and Project Manager Intern

Finance and Economics

Courtyard by Marriott Melbourne Flagstaff Gardens - Finance Intern
DDI World - Finance Intern
Frais Capital - Wealth Management Intern
FTI Consulting - Economics Intern
Local Brewing Co  - Financial Control Intern
Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands - Finance Intern
ManpowerGroup - Finance and Accounting Intern (listed above) 
Oscar Oliver Capital - Finance Intern
Paperclip Partners - Crypto Research Intern
Sayers Group - Strategy and Deals Intern
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel - Finance Intern
The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne - Finance Intern
The Westin Melbourne - Finance Intern
The Westin Melbourne - Revenue Management Intern
Tooronga Advisory - Corporate Finance Intern
TPG Capital - Private Equity Intern

Human Resources

Launch Housing - Learning and Development Intern
ManpowerGroup - CORE Intern (Centre of Recruitment Excellence)
ManpowerGroup - People and Culture Intern
ManpowerGroup - Recruitment Consultant Enterprise Accounts Intern
Mercedes (LSH Auto) - Human Resources Intern
SANE.org - People and Culture Intern
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel - Human Resources Intern
SHK Asia Pacific - People Advisory Intern
Telix Pharmaceuticals - People and Culture Intern - APAC
The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne - Human Resources Intern

Marketing

align.me - Marketing Intern
Asia Education Foundation at Asialink - Digital Marketing Strategy Intern
Climate Action Network Australia - Digital Marketing Intern
DDI World - Marketing Intern
Exergenics - Marketing Intern
Far More - Digital Marketing Intern
Greenfields Group - Marketing Intern
iGroup Australia Pty Ltd - Marketing Intern
Local Brewing Co. - Marketing Intern
Oscar Oliver Capital - Marketing Intern
Pracedo - Marketing and Communications Intern
Redenlab Pty Ltd - Marketing Intern
StudioHawk - SEO Specialist Intern
T2 - Third-Party Marketplace Intern
TBH Pets - Marketing Intern
The Clutch Hub - Sales and Marketing Intern
The Faculty - Content Optimisation Intern
The Faculty - Growth Hacking Intern
The No Nasties Project - Marketing Intern
Thrive PR - PR and Social Intern

How to apply: University-sourced internship

  • Step 1: Check your eligibility
    • Check available internships on this website and on Careers Online .
    • Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements for the advertised role.
    • Ensure that you can  commit to the advertised hours of the position you are applying for.
    • Ensure that you have capacity in your study plan before you submit an application. Contact Course Advisers at Stop 1  if you need more information.
    • International students note – please refer to working hours limitations attached to student visas. Commerce Internship is an elective subject which may count towards your working hours, even if your internship is unpaid.
  • 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 BCom Career Launchpad.
  • Step 3: Submit your application
    • Applications are to be submitted via SONIA
    • Click here for university-sourced internship application instructions

    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 five 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 organisation.
    • Successful students will be notified by the host organisation.
    • Students who are not contacted by the host 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
    • Check available internships on this website and on Careers Online.
    • Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements for the advertised role.
    • Ensure that you can  commit to the advertised hours of the position you are applying for.
    • Ensure that you have capacity in your study plan before you submit an application. Contact Course Advisers at Stop 1  if you need more information.
    • International students note – please refer to working hours limitations attached to student visas. Commerce Internship is an elective subject which may count towards your working hours, even if your internship is unpaid.
  • Step 2: Prepare your supporting documents

    If you are completing a local or international placement, you and the host organisation will have to fill in the following 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 this application form must only be submitted once you have confirmed an internship.

    • Log in to Sonia Live using your University of Melbourne student credentials:  https://unimelb.sonialive.com. Click into Faculty of Business and Economics.
    • 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 Commerce Internship subject will only appear in the Placements screen if applications are currently open for an upcoming intake. If the subject does not appear in the list, it is likely that applications have closed. Check the 'key dates' section above to find out when applications are open for the different intakes.
    • Next, click the green + Join option. This will give you access to the subject application form.
    • 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 when ready, click submit. Please ensure you take note of the application due date as we do not accept late submissions.
    • 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 (including all required forms and documents in Step 2) 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

  • Are internships paid?

    Internships are generally paid. Under the Fair Work Act, an internship needs to be paid unless it is:
    - with a not-for-profit organisation,
    - a ‘vocational placement’ as defined in the Fair Work Act (2009) as a required and/or assessable part of your course.
    With paid internships, your employer normally provides insurance cover. The University will only provide insurance cover if the internship is an assessable part of your course.

  • I've found a placement opportunity myself and am ready to apply. What do I need to do know?

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

    Please see the section above 'How to apply: Self-sourced internships'.

  • 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 much does the subject cost?

    The cost of the Business and Economics Internships 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 the subject?

    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.

  • How will this subject be assessed?

    The subject will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. Please refer to the Handbook for assessment information.

  • What is the time commitment?

    The estimated total time commitment is 170 hours, comprising:

    • workplace attendance: 90 hours
    • learning activities not related to assessment: 36 hours
    • assessment tasks: 44 hours
  • I have previously completed an internship, can I claim credit for this?

    Commerce Internship is a for-credit university subject with associated assessment tasks. Internships that have started prior to the subject enrolment dates or have been previously completed cannot be considered for credit or backdated.

    If you have already commenced an internship we can still consider your application provided it is a genuine internship and you can complete a minimum of 90 hours of placement during the enrolment period.

    Students that are currently in an internship that would like to gain credit for CMCE20001 are required to demonstrate that they are undertaking activities that are substantially different from the previous tasks, in order to achieve a learning outcome. You can refer to the Intended Learning Outcomes in the handbook and address them as part of your placement proposal.

    Normally, a role within a workplace where you are currently employed as a part-time or full-time employee is not suitable, unless you can work on a particular project with defined learning outcomes during the enrolment period, or there is enough evidence that the placement is substantially different from your current role.

  • 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.

  • Can exchange students apply?

    Unfortunately, exchange students cannot enrol in CMCE20001.

  • Can I complete Commerce Internship at the same time as MGMT30012 or MGMT30017?

    No, students are not allowed to participate in MGMT30012 or MGMT30017 in the same semester as CMCE20001. If you apply for CMCE20001 and have already accepted a place in MGMT30012 or MGMT30017 for the same intake, your application will not be accepted.

    You can complete these subjects in different semesters.

    For example, if you have accepted a place in MGMT30017 in the November intake, you cannot apply for CMCE20001 Summer. You could apply for CMCE20001 in Semester 1 instead.

Contact us

If you have questions about the Commerce Internship, 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.