Work Integrated Learning

Establishing a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunity in your program encourages our students to participate in workplace activities in real-world environments that guarantees their future success.

WIL opportunities also allow you to consult directly with the organisations that hire our graduates and helps us deliver innovative degrees that meet current industry standards.

How WIL works

You can establish a WIL program so long as it provides a meaningful and relevant experience, and is recognised through assessment and credit.

A WIL experience can be:

  • an internship, placement, practicum or project-based activity
  • on or off campus
  • compulsory or optional
  • real or simulated (depending on the discipline area)

WIL programs should also:

Before establishing a WIL program staff should read the University's Student Placement Policy and insurance information.


The Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) - register for free for the latest WIL news, research and conference updates.

World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE) - read about WIL research and activities across the globe.

Innovative Research Universities (IRU) - find out about the latest national WIL research and events.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.