What’s an internship?
An internship (also called professional or work experience) is a short-term paid or unpaid placement within an organisation. Internships give you a chance to take what you’ve learnt in the classroom and apply it in a real-world work environment. They prepare you for life after UTS, and give you a taste of some of the career options available to you.
Who should study an internship?
Anyone who’s interested in gaining practical experience in their chosen field should consider an internship. Some FASS courses have a course related internship component, while others offer elective internship subjects. A voluntary internship isn’t part of your formal program of study, but is a professional placement that helps you build workplace skills related to the course you’re studying.
If you’re interested in undertaking a voluntary internship you can access opportunities via CareerHub, see Securing a placement below for more information or you can contact FASS Voluntary Internships if you have questions about a placement.
Compulsory internships only
(Required for completion of your course)
The following Communication subjects include an internship that’s relevant to your studies:
- 57203 Information and Knowledge Management Project
- 54055 Professional Pathways Project
- 54091 Professional Internship (If you're enrolled in this subject please refer to the course guide or your subject coordinator. This internship is managed by CareerHub. Hard copies of forms will not be accepted).
Securing a placement
You’ll need to secure your own Internship placement. CareerHub – the Universities job board is a great starting point. Log in and view advertisements under the ‘Dashboard’ tab. You can also talk to your course coordinator or work experience coordinator.
Already got an offer? You can arrange an internship with an organisation directly. They’ll need to sign up with CareerHub before you can start your internship.
Course-related internship documentation
If you’re undertaking an internship for these subjects:
(for the above subjects only) you’ll need to submit the following documents before you go on your placement:
- Placement Summary Form (PDF 203kB)
- Student Placement Health and Safety Checklist
- Course-Related Work Placement Agreement (PDF 227kB)
Paperwork must be in place at least 3 working days before the proposed commencement date and returned to Communication internships.
54091 Professional Internship
If you're enrolled in this subject please refer to the course guide or speak to your subject coordinator. This internship is managed by CareerHub. Hard copies of forms will not be accepted.
MAP and Journalism documentation
If you’re a Media Arts and Production or Journalism student, visit the Film, video and audio production documents page to access information and documentation for your subject of study.
Voluntary internship documentation
Voluntary placements (placements that are neither for assessment or course required) are managed via CareerHub. Log in and under the ‘Dashboard’ tab you’ll see a link to UTS Voluntary Placements on the left-hand side of the screen. Career Hub Application must be in place at least 3 working days before the proposed commencement date.
You’ll be covered by UTS personal accident and public liability insurance while you’re on your placement ONLY if the internship is approved by the university. This means that all required paperwork is submitted and signed off prior to the commencement of your internship. An insurance certificate can be produced for you to take with you to your host organisation. Speak to your School Office or subject coordinator for more details.