The Faculty of Science at UNSW offers undergraduate students studying Science with the opportunity to do a WIL placement course. The internship will involve the student working as an intern in an organisation external to UNSW while gaining experience in science and technology-related work.

Students should select the WIL Placement Option relevant to their specialisation or major of study (School code XXXX3199 e.g. BABS3199)

The courses will count as a science or free elective and is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. The core work placement may vary in length and intensity depending on the enrolment pattern chosen:

  • Option A: minimum 105-hour placement completed in 1 term (worth 6 UOC)
  • Option B: minimum 210-hour placement completed in 1 term (worth 12 UOC)
  • Option C: minimum 210-hour placement completed over 2 terms (worth 12 UOC)

By doing this WIL course, students receive credit for their placement experience. In addition to gaining knowledge of their discipline in a professional context, students also practice in professional and transferable skills.

Previous students have interned with IT companies, start-ups, large biomedical and biotechnology companies, as well as with Government Departments and Institutions (such as the Australian Museum and the Botanic Gardens). Students have also taken the opportunity to go overseas to complete their placement.

Students may source and secure their own placement with their desired organisation (student-sourced placement) or can apply to one of the many faculty-advertised opportunities.


Additionally, students have the option to complete SCIF3000 Science Industry Project a 6 UOC science or free elective credit. Students will develop teamwork, project management and problem-solving skills through engagement with real-world science industry projects. Under the guidance of academic supervisors and industry mentors, students work collaboratively in multidisciplinary science teams to deliver an outcome for the industry partner. New opportunities will be advertised via email and the current opportunities page


Learn more about the Science WIL course and current opportunities by clicking here.