Work experience is a compulsory component of the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours.
Within the School of Engineering and Computer Science we support students and employers to engage with each other, share knowledge and make connections that often result in internships. We also use our partner programme Summer of Tech to bring industry into the campus and facilitate matching students to summer jobs in tech.
Work Experience is a compulsory component of the Engineering degree. For Computer Science it is optional but often pursued by students. The experience gained over summer is valued by students for far more than the wages it brings in, it offers an opportunity to connect with potential future employers and they get to test academic theories and concepts in the workplace.
A typical internship is over summer, embedded in an existing IT team for ten to twelve weeks. Internships are typically paid which reflects both industry demand for new talent and that our student talent is highly valued. Students are recruited by industry (not selected for industry) and there are several recruitment avenues. The university is typically not involved in the contract or salary,
Where the work experience is part of the degree requirements, we retain a pastoral interest in our students well-being in the workplace. We also retain H&S obligations. At the end of the internship the university will receive a student reflective report on what they experienced, in part to ensure there was an educational component (ie: they learned stuff) and to demonstrate and practice drawing further learnings from self reflection.
The pedagogy we follow is Work-Integrated Learning (WIL). This draws from Cooperative Education which was started in 1906 at the University of Cincinnatti by Engineering Professor (later Engineering Dean and University president) Herman Schnieder.