Work experience and volunteering

At UON more than seventy per cent of our graduates find the right job because we encourage our students to take their learning experience beyond the classroom from day one. Whether you work your way through your degree with an Industry Scholarship or participate in an international study adventure, an engaged learning experience will ensure you walk out the door ready for the real world.


International study and leadership experience

The University's iLead program encourages you to build your international awareness and leadership skills through volunteering, participating in international community events as well as attending public lectures. The program also gives you the chance to see the world and add an international flavour to your study experience.

Careers Service

Job support

Are you looking for great job opportunities while you study? Do you want to brush up on your interview skills? Do you need help with your résumé? The Careers Service can provide you with the support you need to get the job you want. The Careers Service also offers advice to students looking for further industry experience such as cadetships and paid work placement opportunities.

A student ambassador in a meeting

Student ambassador program

Develop your leadership, communication and teamwork skills by joining our student ambassador program. As a paid member of staff, you will participate in a range of activities to encourage others to consider studying at the University of Newcastle.



Not only does volunteering give back to your community, it's an opportunity to expand your skills both professionally and personally, and is a great way to make new friends.  Whether you want to be involved with events, support a cause you're passionate about, or just to be part of the UON community, we can help you find the volunteer work that's right for you.

Work Integrated Learning

Work experience with credit

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) provides you with the opportunity to learn the right skills on the job while you study and earn credit for your degree. With 90 per cent of undergraduate degrees now offering an opportunity to participate in a WIL activity, you can connect with the right people and gain the knowledge that will turn you into a world-class leader.

Compulsory professional placement

For students enrolled within the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Education and Arts or the Faculty of Health and Medicine, a professional placement could be a prerequisite for completing your studies. Make sure you're up to speed with the latest requirements for your degree.

Please visit the Fair Work Ombudsman for more information on student placements and unpaid work.