Placements, internships and fieldwork

Placements, internships or fieldwork may be necessary as a Higher Degree Research student. They can provide a good insight that may help your research. If you are planning any of these as part of your degree please be aware of the following processes. Student Hubs can provide you with further information.

Criminal records check

You may need to have a criminal records check if as part of your degree you are doing a placement, internship or fieldwork that involves the teaching or care of:

  • children
  • the ill
  • other people in a vulnerable position

The New South Wales Department of Education and Communities and the New South Wales Health are two agencies which require this check.

If the agency declines your placement, internship or fieldwork then you may not be able to complete the requirements of the program. If this means you cannot complete your degree, UoN will do what it can to assist you to transfer to another program. However, this cannot be guaranteed.

Health placements

If you are a Higher Degree Research student planning on undertaking a placement in a NSW Ministry of Health facility then you must meet a range of verification requirements before commencing placement. If you are a Faculty of Health and Medicine RHD student planning on undertaking a placement in any clinical healthcare setting you must also meet these requirements.

Verification requirements can be found on the Student Placement Preparation pages.

Working with Children

If you are a Higher Degree Research student planning on undertaking a placement in a NSW Department of Education and Communities facility, a NSW School or Service or any other organisation that requires you to work with children, you will be required to meet the following criteria.

  • Complete a NSW Working with Children Check – Individual and have received a NSW Working with Children Clearance number from the NSW Government, Office of the Children's Guardian.
  • Complete the online Child Protection Awareness training and obtain the automated Certificate.
  • Complete the online Anaphylaxis e-training and obtain the automated Certificate.

Please view more detailed information in relation to working with children below.