Self-sourced internships

Find out how you can select your own internship opportunity for the ENGR90033 Internship subject.

ENGR90033 Internship is a 25-point subject providing you the opportunity to find and secure your own 10–15 week internship (minimum 350 hours) for academic credit toward your degree.

Many students prefer to find their own internship and we encourage you to self-source an internship that directly aligns with your career aspirations. Sourcing your own internship will additionally equip you with the skills required for active job searching, assisting you in preparing and choosing your own path for employment prior to graduation. As a University of Melbourne student, you will have access to regular seminars and resources to assist you with researching and approaching organisations for internship opportunities. Make the most of these opportunities to ensure you are presenting the best you during a targeted, professional internship outreach.

The self-sourced internship will be assessed for its appropriateness for the subject via the criteria provided in the Apply section of this webpage.

  • Eligibility

    You are eligible to undertake the ENGR90033 Internship subject if you meet the following criteria:

    • You are currently enrolled in the Master of Engineering (all disciplines, excluding the ‘with Business’ stream), Master of Information Systems or Master of Information Technology
    • You have completed at least 50 credit points in your Master’s program as an enrolled Master’s student
    • You have at least 25 credit points available for an elective subject in your degree and you can fit this subject into your study plan
    • You have not completed another internship subject within your Masters course. Disallowed subject combinations are listed in the Handbook.

    There is no minimum WAM requirement for self-sourced internships for ENGR90033

    If you are unsure of your course requirements or elective credits, you should book a course advice appointment.

    In Semesters 1 and 2, ENGR90033 Internship can be undertaken alongside one additional 12.5-point subject. You are encouraged to select a subject that can be taken alongside workplace commitments. A 50 point load while taking ENGR90033 Internship is not recommended due to the placement hours required of the subject. Summer enrolment is restricted to 25 points so during this period you will not be able to take another subject alongside ENGR90033 Internship.

    For further details regarding your eligibility for the subject, please refer to the handbook.

  • Plan to succeed

    Students who prepare effectively for the internship subject are more likely to succeed in securing an opportunity that best reflects personal career aspirations. Preparing early to find your internship will assist in your success.  

    There are two key areas in which you should focus your preparation:

    1. Create or update your application documents

    Internship employers will be interested in the skills and experiences you have gained so far. These experiences will be conveyed via your application documents.  To ensure you are able to put an effective application forward, consider if you need to add to your resume by:

    • Undertaking some volunteer work
    • Working in a part time or casual role
    • Joining and contributing to a professional association
    • Getting active in your professional student club
    • Brushing up on skills in demand in your industry
    • Practising your written and spoken communication skills
    • Keeping up to date with developments in your industry

    Set up a plan a semester prior to when you expect to undertake your internship and upskill in areas where you have gaps.

    2. Plan, research and prepare to find an internship

    Attend relevant sessions run by MSE and Careers and Employability advertised through Careers Online:

    • Resume and cover letter writing
    • Secure your internship
    • Researching to find an internship: ENGR90033
    • Promoting your skills for employment
    • Professional image and n etworking
    • Making the most of LinkedIn
    • Preparing for interviews
  • Find opportunities

    Sourcing your own internship will involve you contacting potential companies and people to explore possible opportunities.

    Before you start doing this, it is important that you spend some time creating a targeted approach though identifying industries, companies, projects and contacts of interest. This will assist you in being clear about what it is you are looking for and will additionally help you to build knowledge of possible careers in your discipline area. Further, you will make a better impression when you are making contact with industry professionals if you are well informed and clear about what it is you are hoping to achieve.

    Remember to include small to medium businesses in your research – there are around 2 million businesses in Australia and most of them employ less than 200 employees. They often don’t have the resources to promote formal internship programs, but can offer you a great internship experience.

    Before you start contacting organisations about possible internships, please ensure you are clear about requirements for ENGR90033 Internships. See the Submit your application below section for further details.

    Explore tools and resources and research independently as part of your journey toward your future goals.

    Self-sourcing your own internship can be daunting but it needn’t be if you approach it with a growth mindset toward your own personal goals. There are a number of resources to assist you in speculative outreach to organisations on the EmployMe platform including:

    1. 4 tips for introducing yourself to a potential internship supervisor 
    2. How to sell yourself through email to a hiring manager

    Note: Log in via this link first – EmployMe – and then you will be able to access the links above.

    Ensure you attend relevant sessions advertised on Careers Online and Your MSE Calendar throughout the semester to assist with your outreach strategies.

  • Resources

    Utilise resources accessible to you whilst you are a student to gain a competitive edge in your approach:

    Familiarise yourself with the Information for Hosts and provide it to potential supervisors as an information source.

  • Submit your application

    Once you have successfully secured an internship you will need to submit your application to the subject to the Student Enrichment Team with the following information:

    1. Please note the following requirements for ENGR90033 internships
      • The work you are undertaking on a day-to-day basis must compliment your degree.
      • Host organisations need to nominate a formal working environment where the student will work throughout the internship. Working remotely or in informal locations (eg, libraries or student study areas) will not be approved.
      • For small start-up organisations, we may ask that you provide further information that the minimum required, to assist in having your internship considered.
      • During your internship you need to be supervised by a staff member from within your organisation who is a technical expert in that area or is an engineering or information technology professional (depending on the position) who can provide the you with technical support in your work.
    2. A position description that identifies what you are doing within the role, your duties and responsibilities. This needs to outline what skills required for the role including the name of the company.
    3. The number of hours per week (a minimum of three days are required to fulfil the 350 hours per week requirement).
    4. Start date and end date of the placement (350 hours must be undertaken within 10–15 weeks inside Semester 1, 2 and Summer timeframes.
    5. Your supervisors contact details, including email and phone.
    6. The address where you will be based for the majority of the placement.
    7. Confirm if the placement is paid or unpaid
    8. Your student ID, degree and major.
    9. Use your student email for all subject communications.

    Collect the information above and complete the application form:

    Download: ENGR90033 Internship: Self-sourced application form [Word]

    Email your completed application to with the subject line ENGR90033 Internship: Self-Sourced Application.

  • Key dates

    Semester 1 2019

    Date Activity
    Friday 15 February 2019 Deadline for students wishing to undertake a self-sourced opportunity to send through Application for their internship to be assessed for the ENGR90033 Internship subject.
    Mid-late February 2019 Internships commence
    May–early June 2019 Internships conclude

    Last day to submit a secured self-sourced opportunity:

    Semester 2 2019

    Date Activity
    Friday 12 July 2019 Deadline for students wishing to undertake a self-sourced opportunity to send through Application for their internship to be assessed for the ENGR90033 Internship subject.
    Mid-late July 2019 Internships commence
    Mid-late October 2019 Internships conclude

    Summer 2020

    Date Activity
    Friday 15 November 2019 Deadline for students wishing to undertake a self-sourced opportunity to send through Application for their internship to be assessed for the ENGR90033 Internship subject.
    Late November 2019 Internships commence
    Mid-late February 2020 Internships conclude

    The above does not include the assessments dates for the ENGR90033 subject. Please refer to the handbook for more information.

  • Fees

    Regular subject tuition fees will apply to this subject.

    Determine your fees

  • Information for international students only

    Before you commence talking with potential host organisations, it is strongly recommended that you check any visa restrictions you may have around paid work whilst your course is “in session”. Undertaking the subject ENGR9033 Internship would constitute your course being “in session”. This is particularly relevant for the Summer semester. As an elective, ENGR90033 is not a formally registered requirement of your course.

    Further information can be found at: Department of Home Affairs: Check visa details and conditions.

    There may be options available to students with restrictions on the number of hours they can work who wish to undertake ENGR90033 in a paid role.

    Contact for further information.