The Cooperative Education program (Co-op) is the compulsory 10-12 month placement, part of a four-year Bachelor of Business Professional or Applied degree.
The program provides invaluable learning and development opportunities for students, from making professional job applications to starting work in a full-time role.
Students are responsible for finding their own placement with support from the WIL team.
Students can start placement in their third year or after completing at least 14 courses (including credit transfers*). Students are encouraged to start looking for their ideal placement in their second year of studies.
Register with the WIL team and stay up-to-date with key information and receive invitations to workshops to help you secure your placement.
Launch an enquiry with our team through Business Connect, selecting the Work & Study Opportunities category, to let us know you’ve secured a position.
If you have found a position independently (outside of CareerHub), you are required to email the Position Description on the relevant company's letterhead to the WIL Team for approval and we will contact you.
Once our team has confirmed your role has been approved, complete and sign the WIL Agreement.
What is the WIL Agreement?
The WIL Agreement is a necessary legal document for formal WIL activity and is between:
This contract ensures that students and employers are clearly informed of their role and responsibilities during WIL activities. It covers Intellectual Property and details RMIT insurance which covers students whilst undertaking a WIL activity with a partner organisation. The WIL Agreement must be submitted prior to commencing placement.
If you have sourced the placement yourself
Request your host organisation sign the Host company WIL Agreement per the button below and attach your Student WIL Agreement for their reference. If you have found your placement on Careerhub, the WIL team has already organised for the host organisation to sign the Agreement and you only need to complete your section per the above.
Once you have been sent the final and complete version of your WIL Agreement, keep a copy for yourself and give a copy to your employer/supervisor.
Follow the link to complete the WIL Ready Credential. The credential will provide additional key information about your WIL placement and getting the most of the internship.
You have a limited number of attempts to pass the modules so ensure you do not rush through the content.
InPlace is RMIT’s central system for managing and recording WIL activity. You will receive an email with instructions for completing this step.
When completing your InPlace submission, you must have the below documents ready to upload:
Refer to the Quick Reference Guide (PDF) for specific instructions if needed.
The WIL team will give you permission to enrol into the WIL and WEI courses once your role has been approved and WIL Agreement signed.
Ensure you enrol into the below courses:
Semester 1 of your placement: Work Integrated Learning 1 (WIL 1) and Work Experience Industry 1 (WEI 1)
Semester 2 of your placement: Work Integrated Learning 2 (WIL 2) and Work Experience Industry 2 (WEI 2)
Failure to enrol in classes while you’re on placement may result in RMIT discontinuing your enrolment.
Once the Semester commences, check out Canvas and ensure you understand the required assessments and submit on time. You should begin your assessments during your placement.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.