At UWA you’ll not only study towards a degree, you’ll also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience towards your future career.
For some degrees, such as medicine, engineering and architecture, you’ll be required to complete professional placements, but we also provide the chance for you to gain work experience, even if your qualification doesn’t call for it. With a long list of contacts and partnerships, we’ll help place you in your chosen industry, where you can begin to put theory into practice in a real-world environment.
Placements for credit
For-credit placements or practicums are arranged as part of your degree. They’re usually one day a week in a supervised workplace, run between 80 to 100 hours in total, and can be everything from getting a feel for a legitimate working environment to participating in live projects. These practicums are available through Arts or Commerce degrees, and for postgraduate students as Personal Development Practicums. If you’re a Science student, you can get involved in practicums through Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs.
Service learning units are another way to gain experience. These are unpaid work with not-for-profit, community or government services, and some can earn you academic credit as well as the chance to put your degree skills to use. The McCusker Centre for Citizenship also offers this kind of learning.
If your degree doesn’t award credit for work experience, you can still take advantage of our network of industry connections to find uncredited placements, usually as internships or holiday work, for a set number of hours.
Guild volunteering gets you off campus and into the real world to start making a difference. Broaden your mind, meet new people and learn new skills in an area you’re interested in. You may also find that some volunteering is eligible for your supplementary academic transcript.Guild volunteering
The Career Mentor Link program connects you with an industry professional for one-on-one advice and helps develop your skills so you can transition smoothly from university into the workplace.Mentoring
UWA Careers Centre
The Careers Centre provides workshops to develop your vocational skills to enhance your future prospects, and can assist you in your career path.UWA Careers Centre
Our established network of connections includes:
BHP Billiton, Wesfarmers, Woodside, Australian Government, ATCO Australia, Australian Institute of Management, EY, Hawaiian Group, Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd, Mitsui & Co. Australia
Perth Fashion Festival, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA)
- Public sector
City of Perth, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Commerce
In areas including animals, children and youth and disability, human rights and social justice, Indigenous issues, mental health, and women’s issues
Engineers Australia, The Law Society of Western Australia, Clinical Legal Education and Enhanced Law Access Program
At UWA we seek innovative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. From the smallest known particles, to the farthest reaches of the universe, there are no limits when you pursue what the world tells you is impossible.
We’re part of leading collaborations such as the Group of Eight and the Matariki Network of Universities, and are one of just two Australian universities to belong to the Worldwide Universities Network of research-led institutions.
At the UWA Innovation Quarter (UWA IQ) we form teams from across the University to devise answers to problems that impact on the economy, society and the environment. Our research goal is to make the world a better place, whether it’s at local, international or global level.
- are led by researchers who are internationally recognised as among the best in their fields
- make the most of high-quality research facilities
- showcase world-class research
- employ top undergraduate (honours) and postgraduate students
As a student, there are many ways you can get involved with these groundbreaking research projects.
Through the Co-Operative Education for Enterprise Development (CEED), undergraduates and postgraduates from any discipline can add their skills to research projects run by organisations outside the University.
If you’re a research student or working on postgraduate coursework, there’s the chance to be involved with the Transdisciplinary Service Learning and Design practicum. This teams you with staff not just from UWA but from outside institutions and regions, with the aim of collaborating on complex issues involving everything from infrastructure and politics, to cultural and economic issues.
As a PhD student, you can collaborate on a six-week project with an industry partner, through iPREPWA, which supports research teams across a range of disciplines.
Our research collaborations have included work with:
- Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute
- BHP Billiton
- Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
- Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry
- Centre for Musculoskeletal Studies
- Department of Agriculture and Food
- Department of Environment and Conservation
- Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
- Lions Eye Institute
- Lung Institute of Western Australia
- Oral Health Centre of Western Australia
- Telethon Institute for Child Health Research
- Western Australian Institute for Medical Research
- Western Australian Marine Science Institute (WAMSI)