Internships

Enhance your business skills and give yourself a head-start in your career with an internship.

BCom student Grace Chen, pictured with friends scored a coveted internship with EY.

“The hardest part for me was the group interview presentation. Before the actual interview, practice with a few friends and refine your answers.”

Grace Chen, Internship EY

Read more of Grace's tips to get the right 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.

Launching in Semester 2, 2022, 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 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 pass/fail subject is worth 12.5 credit points and enrollments in Semester 2, 2022 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.

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 150 credit points of undergraduate study at the time of applying for the subject.

  • 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 CMCE2001 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.

  • 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 and available opportunities

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

Please 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.

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 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), 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 BCom Career Launchpad.
  • Step 3: Submit your application
    • Login to SONIA using your University of Melbourne student credentials. Click on “Faculty of Business and Economics”.
    • Click on the Placements tab on the menu bar at the top of the page and search for the relevant placement group (use the company name to search).
    • Click the green + Join option. This will give you access to the 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.

    Note:

    • Applications must be submitted by the advertised closing date – each internship will have a specific closing date.
    • Ensure all supporting documents have been completed to avoid delays with your assessment.
    • You can apply for multiple UoM sourced opportunities at any one time (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.
  • Step 4: Application assessment and outcome
    • The Faculty of Business and Economics will assess all applications according to the host organisation's requirements.
    • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted directly by the host organisation.
    • Successful students will be notified by the host organisation.
    • Students who are not contacted by the host 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 host 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
    • 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 subject and roles you’re interested in applying for.

      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.
    • 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.
  • Step 4: Application assessment and outcome
    • 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 given instructions on the next steps and subject enrollment.
  • Step 5: Subject coordinator contacts students
    • You will receive the subject manual and an overview of the academic mentor process via email.
    • You will be introduced to your academic mentor and receive their 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

  • 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.

    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 internship application?

    Once a complete application (including all required forms and documents) is submitted, the application will be processed within 10 business days or longer (depending on 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 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, with the following assessment pieces:

    • Online preparatory modules and online tests (4 hours), completed prior to the commencement of the work placement
    • Satisfactory work placement (minimum 90 hours), completed throughout the teaching period
    • Satisfactory participation in work placement activities, throughout the teaching period
    • Reflective practice modile tests and reflective writing task of 500 works (8 hours), completed throughout the teaching period with the final task due two weeks after the completion of the workplace experience.

    The handbook will be updated shortly with the details.

  • 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.

Contact us

If you have questions about the Commerce Internship, please email FBE-internships@unimelb.edu.au

Further information

View the subject in the Handbook.