PHSS2000: Practical Employability Experience

The HASS Faculty’s new professional practical experience course is a flexible course designed to assist you to gain credit for an international or domestic work-related experience that suits you and your goals.

PHSS2000 provides you with an opportunity to:

  • Incorporate internships, work experience, field work, study tours and more into your program
  • Develop your professional skills
  • Learn to communicate the value of your HASS studies to future employers
  • Personalise your learning; choose an experience and a semester that best suits you


  1. Complete 16 units of study before the course start date.
  2. Use the Program Planner or your program's progression check page, to confirm you have elective space within your program. 
  3. Secure an experience that enables you to meet the course learning objectives as set out in the Electronic Course Profile.  
  4. Complete an Expression of Interest to demonstrate how the experience meets the learning objectives of the course.
  5. Wait to hear back from the course coordinator to confirm your enrolment. 

Finding an experience

Possible experiences include:

  • Industry projects and internships – search ‘PHSS2000’ in the jobs list on StudentHub.
  • Volunteering opportunities –  the Student Employability website is a good place to start.
  • UQ Global Experiences - eligible overseas experiences could include internships, volunteering and short-term experiences.
  • Entrepreneurial adventures - programs through UQ Ventures (e.g. Startup Adventures) may be eligible experiences.
  • Discipline specific experiences and field trips.
  • Existing employment - if you are working full or part-time in a role that allows you to meet the course learning objectives, this may be an eligible experience.

If you're uncertain if your experience meets the course learning objectives, please refer to the list of frequently asked questions.