Interns in Industry

If your business is time or resource poor or looking to bring fresh ideas and a new perspective into your workplace - then it may be time to consider hosting an intern. 

Interns in Industry is an annual internship program run by Deakin Business School (DBS). The program gives students the opportunity to complete a business internship with a local eastern region business. This prestigious internship program has been running with Whitehorse City Council since 2009 and continues to grow. In 2019, the program welcomed collaboration with Knox City Council and in 2021 Maroondah City Council joined the program.

This free program runs between July and September and provides reciprocal benefits for both students and businesses. The program allows businesses the opportunity to connect with and utilise skills, insights and the dedication of final year undergraduate and postgraduate students from Deakin Business School. 

Business hosts are not required to pay students, as participation forms part of the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) internship unit and gains credit points towards their degree.

Students must complete between 100-120 hours (based around your business requirements) working on real business problems and projects relevant to their area of study.

These include :

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Analytics
  • Economics
  • Financial Planning
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing and Event Management
  • Real Estate and Property
  • Recruitment and
  • Supply Chain

This is a competitive program with both student shortlisting and business matching provided by the dedicated, highly skilled team at Deakin Business School, including a multi-stage application process to ensure businesses get to meet potential interns and nominate their preference.

To be eligible to participate, the business/organisation must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a registered business
  • 3 or more employees*
  • A successful OHS Assessment
  • COVID-Safe Plan

*Exceptions may be made at the discretion of Deakin Business School.

Additional program details and requirements include:

  • Businesses must ensure that meaningful/ professional work duties are planned for the interns so that outcomes and experiences are achieved for the student and business. 
  • There is an opportunity to engage a blended model of on-site and work from home
  • Appropriate supervision of student is provided based on the supervisor’s experience and qualifications
  • Insurance is covered by Deakin University’s Insurance Policy

Placements are limited, with Deakin and Councils reserving the right to discount businesses from the program for additional reasons.

Applications for the 2022 intake open in March 2022.

For business enquiries and expression of interest for future intakes, please make contact with the Investment and Economic Development Unit on

Deakin Business School have a range of internship programs and opportunities for businesses to be involved with, contact for more information.

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