Industry and partners

Are you an industry professional interested in leveraging the skills and ideas of bright UQ students?

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) enables students to gain practical professional learning experiences as part of their course or degree program and is a great way for industry to start connecting with students early on. Most commonly these experiences are short term placements with a host organisation or working on a project proposed by industry partners. Students receive academic credit for their participation in the program.

The timing, duration and frequency of student engagement with an organisation is generally decided by the course coordinator in negotiation with the host organisation, however WIL placements commonly occur within the academic semester. Semester 1 runs from late February/early March to late June, and Semester 2 from late July to November each year. Students are covered by UQ insurance while involved in approved WIL placements.

Many students bring new ideas and innovation to their WIL host organisations and often continue as employees after graduation. WIL gives you the opportunity to evaluate students and share your work practices and core values. If you want to know more, fill out this Expression of Interest and we will call you and discuss ways that we collabotrate work with you.

‘Transferrable skills form the basis of a Humanities education, with surveys finding that both undergraduates and postgraduates tended to be more confident in their analytic and written communication skills relative to those in other fields of education. Surveys of employers echoed these findings…’ Report – The Value of the Humanities Deloitte Access Economics 2018

What do HASS students study?

  • Communication
  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • Digital media
  • Film and television
  • Music
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology 
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Geography
  • Social Sciences (Cultural, Ethnic, & Gender Studies)
  • Languages 
  • Translating and interpreting
  • Literature and writing
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Political Science
  • Political and International Studies
  • International relations
  • Politics
  • Criminology

Want to find other opportunities to connect with UQ HASS students?

We have a range of other industry engagement initiatives such as:

  • An industry mentoring program
  • Networking events where you can attend as an industry guest speaker 
  • Opportunitites to offer unpaid work experience to students (not for academic credit)
  • Access to UQ's online job portal StudentHub to advertise paid or graduate positions
  • UQ Careers Fair where you can raise your organisation's profile on campus

To get started in connecting with any of these opportunities please e-mail your contact details and provide an overview of your areas of interest. We will then contact you and discuss future opportunities.

Student Industry Connection Brochure

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Students and staff sharing their WIL experience

Dan Seed, School of Communication and Arts, discussing media, journalism and communication industry placements


Conrad Zewe shares his internship placement experience and Dr Frank Mols explains the benefits of industry placement.