Internships are an invaluable way to compliment your studies and build your career. Find out more about how to organise and manage your internship.
Taking leave of absence to complete an internship
If you take a leave of absence to complete your internship, remember that you’re taking leave from your course – not just your thesis subject.
- This is not an option if you are student on an international student visa.
- You must have sufficient leave of absence entitlement remaining to be eligible to take leave.
- Candidature time is not consumed during leave. This means the time available for your submission won’t be reduced.
- If you are on leave of absence you’re not enrolled, and therefore not covered by University insurance.
- The remuneration you receive will be as a casual payment, and is taxable.
- Your internship won’t appear on your transcript, as you haven’t enrolled in the internship subject.
If you remain enrolled in your thesis subject and enrol in an internship subject
- Your candidature time will be consumed during your internship. You must therefore feel confident you can accommodate your internship requirements and still submit your thesis on time.
- You are enrolled, and are covered by University insurance.
- If you are enrolled full time, you will receive the AMSI contribution as a non-taxable stipend.
- If you are enrolled part-time, you will receive the AMSI contribution as a taxable stipend. You may be eligible for a refund when they submit their tax return depending on individual financial circumstances.
- The internship subject will appear on your transcript.
If you enrol in the internship subject – Graduate Research Internship ENGR90035, near or at thesis submission
- You should commence your arrangements at least six weeks prior to submission due to the time required to secure an internship agreement,
- Your candidature time will be consumed for the period up to thesis submission. You must therefore feel confident you can accommodate your internship requirements and still submit your thesis on time.
- You are covered by University insurance.
- While you are enrolled full-time, stipends are tax exempt. There may be tax implications for the stipend component paid after submission, if this alters the your enrolment load.
- The internship subject will appear on your transcript
- Thesis results will be advised to you as they become available, but your enrolment in the course will not be considered complete until your internship is complete.