Types of WIL at UC
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) takes many forms at the University of Canberra.
Internships involve the placement of students in a work environment, usually for a specified number of hours or days, under the supervision of an employer. They enable students to undertake work experience in a structured unit that involves preparation, academic mentoring and critical reflection and contributes credit points towards their degrees.
Students are usually unpaid; undertake authentic study-related work tasks; are required to complete assessment items relating to the internship and are covered by UC insurance.
Industry, Research and Community Projects aim to engage students in their local communities, research centres and industry by making a social, research, technical and/or educational contributions, which at the same time meets learning outcomes of the relevant unit or course.
Clinical Placements required for professional accreditation are key components of courses in the health sciences. Professional practice requirements or practicums are another form of compulsory and accredited WIL in health-related courses.
Teaching Professional Experience - Teacher Education Courses have a component woven into courses or units at all year levels. Students complete extensive classroom practice and assessment as part of their teaching qualification.
Professional Mentoring by industry experts is a key aspect of the WIL relationship with community stakeholders. Internships and community projects also provide students with opportunities to establish and develop mentoring relationships.
Simulations and Virtual WIL include learning based in simulated workplace settings and virtual business environments as part of course or unit requirements.