Complement your academic studies with "real world" experience
Internships are designed to give students a better understanding of the actual work context of their studies and assist them in their future employment prospects. Internships offer the opportunity to enhance technical skills, career prospects and provide valuable ‘real world’ knowledge and understanding.
Internships offer the opportunity to:
- Gain experience in applying the theoretical knowledge obtained from your courses
- Learn the practicalities of working in an organisation
- Develop interpersonal skills
- Learn about the importance of building organisational relationships that are critical for professional practice.
- Tackle challenging projects
- Meet and work with talented and experienced professionals
- Add valuable skills and experience to your CV
Students are responsible for securing their own internships.
Any internship opportunities that the Faculty is promoting will be communicated on relevant iLearn sites, current students announcements webpage, the noticeboard outside BESS, the FBE facebook page, through student societies and under the "Current Internships" section of this page.
The Careers Service also promotes paid internship opportunities that are available.
Students are also encouraged to contact organisations themselves to find opportunities. The Careers Service can advise you on how to do this.
Internships can be either paid or unpaid.
If you have secured an unpaid internship then you must complete either FOBE200 or FOBE300. (The unpaid internship must be a requirement of a student's academic program in order for it to be classified as a Vocational Placement as identified by the Fair Work Act.)
FOBE200 - Professional and Community Engagement and FOBE300 - Student Leadership in Community Engagement are units that enhance your internship experience and provide academic credit towards completion of your degree.
If you are doing an unpaid internship then you must enrol in one of these PACE Units. The pre-requisite for FOBE200 is completion of 24 credit points and the pre-requisite for FOBE300 is completion of 39 credit points.
While enrolled in FOBE200 or FOBE300, you will be covered by the University's Personal Accident and Third Party Liability Insurance.
If you are enrolled in either FOBE200 or FOBE300 you will be covered by the University's Personal Accident and Third Party Public Liability insurance for the dates of the session of your enrolment only.
Yes, the hours of your internship must be during the session in which you are completing the unit so that you meet the unit requirements.
If you wish to seek permission to commence an internship before the start of session please contact the PACE Team at email@example.com for more information.
Yes, FOBE200 and FOBE300 are academic units of study and students have to pay for enrolling in these units. The cost will depend on your student status (i.e. domestic/international).
Students who receive payments for an internship will be liable for tax the same as for any other paid work. A student who works as a volunteer and is not paid will not pay tax. Further information may be obtained from the Australian Taxation Office.
If you are receiving a scholarship from the University to complete an Internship, then you will be separately advised on the tax implications.
Dr. Leanne Carter talks about internships and PACE: what they are; how the benefit the students; how it enhances employability post-graduation; and how it feeds into the community.
- Ashland Singapore - Darcy Le
Darcy Le completed an 18 day internship in Singapore. Through FOBE300, she was able to include it as a unit of study in her B. Commerce (International Business)and B. Science double degree.More about the story: 'Ashland Singapore - Darcy Le'
- International internships
Marcello Pinto and Luke Dominish are just two of our students who have had the chance to work overseas as part of their university studies, through the FOBE300 PACE unit. More about the story: 'International internships'
- Rufus & Coco - Marketing Internship
Rufus & Coco partnered with us to provide Marketing Internship placements to four students.
More about the story: 'Rufus & Coco - Marketing Internship'
- Access MQ - Laura Ward
Laura Ward completed an internship with Access MQ as part of her Bachelor of Commerce. More about the story: 'Access MQ - Laura Ward'
- Access MQ - Alexandra Stephanou
Alexandra Stephanou completed an internship with Access MQ as part of her Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing). More about the story: 'Access MQ - Alexandra Stephanou'
- Microsoft Australia - Ronan Chander
Ronan Chander completed a work placement at Microsoft through our PACE program, allowing him to count it as a unit of study in his Bachelor of Commerce.
More about the story: 'Microsoft Australia - Ronan Chander'
- Accessible Arts - Rebecca Canty
Rebecca Canty did an internship with Accessible Arts through the PACE unit "Working with and employing people with a disability".
"It's been really great to be able to interact with a lot of different people who are really inspiring." More about the story: 'Accessible Arts - Rebecca Canty'
- Indigenous employment and engagement internships
PACE at Macquarie University offered an Indigenous Employment & Engagement stream to students studying FOBE200. Hear from our students about their experiences in an Indigenous internship placement.
- Arnel Yutuc (B.Comm(Prof Acct) & B.Law) - Department of Human Services
- Jay Palese (B.Bus Admin) - Qantas
- High as a Keyte - Marketing Internship
Andrea Spagnol - High as a Keyte (Marketing Internship) More about the story: 'High as a Keyte - Marketing Internship'
- GlaxoSmithKline - Marketing Internship
Nicole Westacott - Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) More about the story: 'GlaxoSmithKline - Marketing Internship'
- Wesfarmers - Accounting Internship
Karina Scott (Bachelor of Accounting)
More about the story: 'Wesfarmers - Accounting Internship'
- Red Bull - Marketing Internship
Elias El-indari - (Bachelor of Commerce - Marketing) More about the story: 'Red Bull - Marketing Internship'
- Beiersdorf Australia - Marketing Internship
Laura Duck (Bachelor of Commerce - Marketing) More about the story: 'Beiersdorf Australia - Marketing Internship '
- Beiersdorf Australia Marketing Internship
Melissa Airs - (Bachelor of Commerce - Marketing) More about the story: 'Beiersdorf Australia Marketing Internship '
- V8 Supercars Marketing Internship
Nicola King - (Bachelor of Business Administration)
More about the story: 'V8 Supercars Marketing Internship '
- Sydney Fish Market - Marketing Internship
Basak Yildiz (Bachelor of Commerce - International Business and Marketing) More about the story: 'Sydney Fish Market - Marketing Internship'
- Sydney Fish Market - Marketing Internship
Tessie Giordimaina (Bachelor of Commerce - Marketing and Economics) More about the story: 'Sydney Fish Market - Marketing Internship '
- Citigroup - HR Internship
Josh Cass (Bachelor of Commerce - Human Resources) More about the story: 'Citigroup - HR Internship'
- JigoCity - Marketing Internship
Yann Soli (Bachelor of Commerce - Marketing) More about the story: 'JigoCity - Marketing Internship'
- Holocentric - Marketing Internship
Katrina Wong (Bachelor of Commerce - Marketing) More about the story: 'Holocentric - Marketing Internship'
- Nielsen - HR Internship
Zoe Viatos (Bachelor of Commerce - Human Resources) More about the story: 'Nielsen - HR Internship'
- GlaxoSmithKline - Finance Internship
Vanessa Daaboul (Bachelor of Applied Finance with Bachelor of Laws) More about the story: 'GlaxoSmithKline - Finance Internship '