WIL for IT Students

Final year IT students should choose one of the following real-world experiences: a professional internship (also known as a group placement), an independent project, or a multi-disciplinary project.


I would like to take part in a group placement using existing opportunities sourced by JCU

CP3101 Professional Internship is the subject matched to this option and is offered in Study Period 10 only.

General information

The IT discipline has a number of partnerships with business and industry. Students who apply for this subject will have the opportunity to work in groups of 3-4 students undertaking an internship/placement in a relevant, approved workplace and through a number of tasks, you reflect upon personal and professional growth and evaluate the theory/practice nexus.

Process for enrolling

Students cannot self enrol

Expression of Interest (EOI) forms are emailed to eligible students around Week 3 or 4 in Study Period 2. Students are to nominate a preferred venue (from venues provided on the EOI), attach a current Resume and submit as per instructions provided on the EOI.

What happens next?

  1. EOI is assessed by the WIL Coordinator
  2. WIL Coordinator connects students with hosts
  3. If approved, you will receive an email advising of this. The email will also contain information about how to enrol so please ensure you monitor your emails regularly
  4. In the event the application is not approved, you will have the opportunity to enrol into one of the other WIL subjects in another Study Period.

Closing Date

Four weeks prior to the commencement of Study Period 10.

NOTE: The LearnJCU site for this subject will become active one week prior to start of the study period.

Self-sourcing an internship/placement (EXT students are eligible for this option)

CP3101 Professional Internship is the subject matched to this option and is offered in Study Period 10 only.

NOTE:  External (EXT) students have two choices. The first is the professional internship and the second option is the independent project. The second option is helpful if you are currently employed. CP3103 Independent Project is the subject matched to this second option.

General information

Self-sourcing an internship allows you to target the organisations or industries that interest you the most. Prior to you contacting organisations or industry, you must contact cse.wil@jcu.edu.au to ensure they are not currently JCU industry partners and to confirm they would be an approved host.

Some ideas that may assist in sourcing an internship opportunity:

  • Use your existing contacts and make new contacts through student associations, professional networks and JCU Career events
  • Research organisations/businesses which align with your area of interest and expertise
  • Consider what skills or qualities you could offer an employer
  • Be professional and confident – inform the organisation that you are interested in undertaking degree and industry-related work for academic credit.

Process for enrolling

Students cannot self-enrol into CP3101

  1. Source your preferred host. You should be prepared when approaching potential hosts. It is recommended you provide a Resume and Cover Letter highlighting your strengths and areas of interest, and the skills you would like to further develop whilst on placement.
  2. Once the host has confirmed they are willing to take you on as an intern, you will need to discuss and develop an appropriate Intern Role Description outlining the role to be undertaken, responsibilities and desired outcomes. Use the Intern Role Description/Acknowledgement of WIL Conditions form to submit your self-sourced application. Before an internship can be approved, the host organisation must accept JCU's WIL conditions.
  3. Email the completed form to cse.wil@jcu.edu.au

What happens next?

  1. Application will be assessed by the WIL Coordinator
  2. If approved, you will receive an email advising of this. The email will also contain information about how to enrol so please ensure you monitor your emails regularly
  3. In the event your application is not approved, you will not be able to enrol into another WIL subject until Study Period 1.

Closing Date

Four weeks prior to the commencement of Study Period 10.

NOTE: The LearnJCU site for this subject will become active one week prior to start of study period

I am employed and would like to complete my WIL subject in my workplace (EXT students are eligible for this option)

CP3103 Independent Project is the subject matched to this option and is offered in Study Periods 1 and 2. Please ensure you read the subject information as it contains details on the design and development of your project

You can choose this option if you are currently employed and wish to complete a degree-relevant project in your workplace

Process for applying and enrolling

Students cannot self-enrol into CP3103

  1. Use the Project Description/WIL Conditions form as your submission for this subject
  2. Liaise with your employer to develop a workplace-relevant and degree-relevant project. Define the scope of a specific project and outline its objectives (no less than 150 words). Explain how the project will involve you applying relevant knowledge obtained from your degree, i.e., outlining the areas of learning that will be applied to the project (no less than 100 words).
  3. Before a project can be approved, the host organisation must accept the conditions of the placement (Point 1 'Project Description/WIL Conditions' form). Please ensure the form is signed by both yourself and your workplace supervisor
  4. To submit, email the completed Project Description/WIL Conditions form to cse.wil@jcu.edu.au

What happens next?

  1. Application will be assessed by the WIL coordinator
  2. Student will receive an email advising them of their project approval and of the next course of action
  3. In the event the application is not approved, you will have the opportunity to enrol into one of the other WIL subjects: CP3101 Professional Internship in Study Period 10 or CP3102 Multidisciplinary Project 

Closing Date

Four weeks prior to the commencement of Study Periods 1 and 2.

I do not wish to complete an internship

CP3102 Multidisciplinary Project is the subject matched to this option, and it is offered in Study Periods 1 and 2.

Process for enrolling

Students enrolled externally are ineligible to complete this subject

Self enrol via eStudent.

Project Information

Townsville Project

The delivery of the North Queensland Stadium is being led by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP) on behalf of the Queensland Government with two key objectives:

  • To deliver a new best-practice, multi-purpose, regional stadium in Townsville by the commencement of the 2020 National Rugby League season (within agreed cost and quality parameters)
  • To maximise employment and supply opportunities for the people of Townsville and the North Queensland region

The stadium is being built for North Queensland by North Queenslanders and DSDMIP want to ensure the construction journey is shared with the community in an exciting and engaging way

This North Queensland Stadium is a joint project of the Queensland Government, Australian Government and Townsville City Council and is supported by both the National Rugby League and the North Queensland Cowboys

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Cairns Project

Anglicare North Queensland Limited (ANQL) has operated throughout this region for over 30 years and have experience in a broad range of Service Areas across the region which include housing and homelessness, Mental Health and Well-being, Out of Home Care for young people, Public Diversionary and community outreach services. ANQL works towards reducing systemic social disadvantage in Australia


This project will focus on overcrowding in homeless shelters by exploring the feasibility of using Mobile Container Units to provide affordable and flexible housing solutions