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:

  • Experiences arranged through the Faculty can be found in the Current Experiences section below 
  • Recognised employability experiences - another place to look is the job list on StudentHub or the Volunteering section of the Student Employability Centre website
  • Global Experiences - eligible 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.


Current Experiences

Event Coordinator - Hackathon (unpaid placement)


Two students with an interest in the social sciences, events or communications are required in Semester 2 to contribute to the design, planning and delivery of a weekend conference/hackathon for 50-100 high school students at UQ in October.

The Role

You will: 

  • be part of a cross-disciplinary team of four students, including students from both the BEL and EAIT Faculties; 
  • conceptualise, plan, implement, deliver and evaluate the event; and
  • collaborate with UQ staff and local industry contacts. 

Your Skills 

  • Comfortable working in a team to achieve results
  • Knowledge of design thinking principles
  • Sound written and verbal communication and ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders 
  • Ability to facilitate small group sessions


  • Be elgible to enrol in PHSS2000 for Semester 2 (complete steps 1 and 2 under the Eligibiltiy section above)  
  • Be available to commit at least 1-1.5 days per week (80-120 hrs total) over the semester to the project’s success
  • Be available to particiapte in the 2.5 day hackathon in October

To Apply

  1. Submit your resume and a one page cover letter (including your student number) to outlining your motivation for the role and how your skills align with the Your Skills section above.
  2. Successful applicants will be notified by email, and invited to enrol. 

Applications close midday Wednesday 3 July 2019. All applicants will be contacted within two days of closing.