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Credit from University
If you are a current student then it is likely that you will be able to obtain credit towards your degree or course by doing an internship through International Internships.
We have a lot of experience working with universities and our programs have been developed to make it as easy as possible for you to incorporate your university requirements into your practical experience.
Here are some general steps that will help you on your way to recognition from your university:
Talk to the right people
Often it will be hard to get a straight answer on what is possible so our advice is: Be persistent. Ask as many people as you can so that you get a full picture of your options as there are usually more than one. The best people to ask will be your lecturers, your course advisors or the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) or Placements team in your degree. Careers offices can often help you prepare your CV for your application too.
Find your unit
Most universities offer a unit that is based around the completion of an internship, which could be a short-term internship (for example, 2-4 weeks), a semester-long placement, or something in-between. Often these units are offered to students of a specific degree (for example, “Business Internship Unit”) but they can also be open as electives to students of different disciplines. These units are often listed under the title of “Work Integrated Learning” or WIL.
If your degree doesn’t offer a specific internship unit, it may be possible to complete one through a different faculty as an elective, if you have space left in your degree. If you don’t have space but really want to access credit, you may be able to overload or credit sacrifice. This approach may require a bit of effort wading through admin on your part, but it will definitely be worth it in the end!
Talk to International Internships
The International Internships team will work with you to ensure that the requirements of the unit or course that you select are met. This includes duration, content, supervision requirements and forms that need to be filled out, for example. We will ask you these questions when you apply and will source an internship that suits those university requirements.
Do your homework
Make sure you keep up with your assessment tasks while you are in country – just because you are undertaking an internship and loving it, it doesn’t mean you will pass your unit at your home university. You still need to put the same effort into completing assessment tasks that you would at home because your assessors mark you on the work you complete for them, not the work that you do at your internship site.
Credit from Overseas
If you are unable to obtain credit from your home university, (or even if you are!), you may wish to experience the academic environment of a local university and obtain some official recognition of your internship in country. A number of our programs offer a chance to obtain credit for your internship at a local university, which you may also be able to transfer to your degree at home. Choosing this option can also give you the benefit of experiencing life at a foreign university and gaining access to academics and university resources in your internship location.