Gain Course Relevant Experience

Careers and Employment Students Gain Course Relevant Experience

Gain Course Relevant Experience

Gaining relevant work experience is an increasingly important component of your course. It helps ensure you stay competitive in your chosen industry.

Work experience can improve your job prospects and help you stand out against the crowd of graduates. It can also give you valuable insight into the type of job you might enjoy once you’re out in the workforce, and help provide additional direction and motivation throughout your studies.

Work Integrated Learning/Course Placement/Internship

Many courses at JCU offer a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) subject – to provide students with structured work experience.

WIL can take many different forms, including clinical placements, practicums, fieldwork, internships, vacation work and volunteer work.

For information relating to Medicine, Dentistry, Healthcare Sciences or Veterinary Science, see Professional Experience Placement.

For information relating to Business or Law, see College of Business, Law and Governance Work Integrated Learning.

For information relating to Education, see College of Arts, Society and Education.

For information relating to Science and Engineering, see College of Science and Engineering Vacation Practice Procedures.


JCU provides student insurance cover to enrolled students undertaking course placements that are a requirement of their program.

In addition, JCU may cover enrolled students who wish to do work experience in their related field, but where it is not a course requirement.

The relevant application form should be completed by students and approved prior to commencement of the work experience/placement.

Vacation Work

Your career begins well before you finish your degree.

Vacation work programs are usually available to students from their second year of study. They provide hands-on experience, generally consisting of full-time work experience during the university break.

A vacation program allows students to make an informed career decision upon graduation, and provides invaluable experience and networking opportunities. Many students are offered full-time graduate roles as a result of their vacation program performance.

Vacation work opportunities for a range of disciplines are advertised on the following sites:

You should also identify relevant employers for your discipline to research. Vacation work and graduate opportunities are often listed on organisation websites.

Volunteering, student competitions and challenges

Volunteering, student competitions and challenges are an excellent way to gain experience and practical skills to add to the technical skills gained in your study.