PACE for Students
PACE is Macquarie University's way of integrating practical experience into your degree so it counts for credit, gives you the chance to work with different organisations, and ultimately gives you the edge in your career. Read below to explore the options that are available and how you can get involved.
Internships are designed to give you a better understanding of the actual work context of your studies and assist you in your future employment prospects. Internships offer the opportunity to enhance technical skills, career prospects and provide valuable real-world knowledge and understanding.
Information on Internships
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.
FOBE200 and FOBE300
FOBE200 and FOBE300 are PACE Units students can undertake during their internships to enhance their experiences and skills gathered during their program.
Students are required to secure their own internships prior to applying for FOBE200 and FOBE300.
To lodge an application for FOBE200 or FOBE300:
- Visit ask.mq.edu.au to submit your online form (complete your address and choose FOBE200 or FOBE300 and Session 1)
- You will then be prompted to complete your degree details and the organisation details
- Upload your unofficial academic transcript and your Letter of Offer (see sample here) which should include:
- Location of your placement
- Start and end date (including hours)
- Your roles and responsibilities at the organisation
- Your supervisor's contact details (name, title, contact number and email)
Your application will be sent to BESS who will advise if the unit you have selected fits in with your program of study.
An email will be sent to your host supervisor with a link to the PACE Online Activity Statement (only if you have found the internship yourself) which must be completed before enrolment is approved. The completed PACE Online Activity Statement will be reviewed by the PACE Manager and Unit Convenor to ensure it fulfils all academic and vocational requirements of the PACE Program.
You will then be advised of the outcome of your application and, if successful, you will receive an email notifying you that a waiver has been issued and you are able to enrol in the unit for the upcoming Session online via eStudent. It is your responsibility to enrol in the unit by the enrolment cut off dates via eStudent – this does not occur automatically.
Further information or questions about FOBE200, FOBE300 or FOBE320:
Please contact the FBE PACE team.
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.
Elias El-indari - Marketing internship with Red Bull
Elias El-indari is currently in his 3rd year of the Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) program, and throughout his internship with Red Bull he has had the opportunity to put his knowledge into practice.
"Being educated about the different concepts and key learning points throughout the study of my marketing units has allowed me to put all this theory to practice at Red Bull and vice versa."