Finding your own internship

Want to find your own internship?

You can contact a host organisation and arrange to complete an internship jointly defined by the organisation and the University.

Student obligations:

The opportunity must have relevance towards your Arts degree or Masters Program. If you are an Undergraduate student, the WIL team will assess your application. If you are a Masters student, your Director of Programs will need to approve the opportunity.

Hosts must:

  • Appoint a mentor/supervisor for the student
  • Provide meaningful work with the opportunity to experience a real-world professional environment (even if this involves some remote work)
  • Provide a safe working environment (host will need to complete an OHS form when setting up the internship, and must send a copy of their public liability insurance). You can also advise a host that “Monash University has a Personal Accident Insurance Policy which provides capital, medical and loss of income benefits for all currently enrolled Monash University students”.
  • Provide between 75 hours (for 6Cp) -144 (for 12 cp) of work – to be determined before placement

There is NO obligation for hosts to:

  • Set assignments for students. Assessment is arranged by faculty. Students may seek advice from the host around their assignments, but there is no obligation for hosts to be involved in academic assessments. Hosts will be asked to complete a survey at the end of the placement.
  • Pay an intern. Student interns are not required to be paid during their placements as you will receive academic credit for your placement.

Where do you start when looking for a self-sourced internship?

  • Firstly, you should try to determine which organisations and industries you are interested in that are consistent with your planned career path. Gaining relevant experience in your field of interest early-on means you’ll be well-prepared when the ideal job opportunity comes around.
  • When you’ve found an organisation you’re interested in, you should then initiate contact. Templates and tips have been created to assist you.
  • Remember to reach out to your network to help find suitable contacts. Family and friends will often know someone whom you can intern with. Talk to your lecturers who may have contacts.
  • Alternatively, you can find internships through many job search websites, such as Seek or ProBono – note that many of these will require an extensive interview process in order to be accepted, so directly approaching an organisation you’re interested in may be more effective.
  • LinkedIn publishes jobs and internship opportunities. Make sure your profile is up to date.
  • Many organisations manage their own internship program. See our list of some external providers that the WIL team deems as suitable for the Arts WIL unit. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we encourage you to do your own research.

Self-Sourced Application Process:

Check out our application page for a detailed step-by-step guide

  • Submit a WIL proposal form
  • Provided you are eligible, the WIL team will perform checks on the organisation to ensure that it is in-line with Monash guidelines.
  • The team will then contact the host to confirm the start and end date, as well as the duties (as outlined in the proposal form). At that stage, the host will be asked to provide an OHS form and a copy of their public liability insurance. (You will not be able to begin your internship until these have been received).
  • Host and student will be sent agreements

Where can I go to for help with my CV?

Career Connect offers a range of services to assist you in refining your CV and cover letter, as well as interview techniques. 

There are also some excellent online resources available to you: