Business Internship elective
Get work-ready with a virtual internship and gain course credits along the way!
RMIT's Business Internship is a flexible elective open to all RMIT students, giving you experience and skills for your career pathway.
Relevant experience is one of the top three things employers look for in a candidate. Gain valuable industry experience in your area of study by using your spare elective to complete a paid or unpaid internship.
While COVID-19 is presenting many challenges, there are still internship options available to you - including online. So why not gain valuable skills through a virtual experience? Check out CareerHub for internship options.
And if you're already working or volunteering in a role that relates to your course? Great, you could use this for the elective too! Contact us and find out via our online form.
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All RMIT students can enrol in the elective. You simply must have an elective available in your program and want to gain valuable paid or unpaid industry experience that’s related to your area of study.
Undergraduate students can enrol into:
- BUSM4471 to complete 120 hours of work experience and gain 12 credit points
- BUSM4608 to complete 240 hours of work experience and gain 24 credit points
- BUSM4671 to complete 480 hours of work experience and gain 48 credit points.
Postgraduate students can enrol into:
- BUSM4483 to complete 120 hours of work experience and gain 12 credit points
- BUSM4609 to complete 240 hours of work experience and gain 24 credit points
- BUSM4674 to complete 480 hours of work experience and gain 48 credit points.
Due to COVID-19 impacts, RMIT has had to make some changes but is still able to support internships with certain arrangements.
All internships must be undertaken fully online unless the internship is being completed with an employer that is an essential service and exempt from state, territory or federal government restrictions. In these cases, a risk assessment must be conducted and approved.
If your internship cannot be completed remotely, please contact the Internship team via this form to discuss further.
You can search and apply for internship positions related to your program in RMIT's CareerHub. Try searching the relevant Business Internship elective course code in the job search bar.
You can also source your own internship which will need to be approved by the WIL team.
If you have any questions about this process, contact the Internship team via this form.
If the work you are doing provides a viable work-based application of your current study program it is likely to be suitable for the elective.
For example, if you are an accounting student, then a list of jobs or tasks on your position description should be things like: Research and financial data analysis, statement, accounts payable, reports etc.
If you’d like to check whether the work or volunteering you’re already undertaking or completing qualifies for the elective, contact the Internship team via this form.
This is determined by which Business Internship elective course you enrol into. You must have enough free electives available for the course you choose.
To earn 12 credit points you must complete 120 hours. The 120 hours is typically 1-2 days over 8 - 12 weeks but can be worked in shorter more intensive blocks such as 3-4 weeks. This arrangement should be agreed with your employer.
To earn 24 credit points you must complete 240 hours. The 240 hours is typically completed over 1-2 days across 8 - 12 weeks but can also be worked in shorter more intensive blocks such as 6-7 weeks.
To earn 48 credit points you must complete 480 hours. 480 hours is the equivalent of six months full time work and also a full semester study load. It is recommended that this is the only activity you undertake during this study period.
To find out more about this, contact the Internship team via this form.
First, check if you have an available elective. You can do this via RMIT Connect.
Then, enrol in the Business Internship elective by visiting enrolment online.
Undergraduate students can enrol in:
- BUSM4471- 120 hours of work experience for 12 credit points using 1 elective
- BUSM4608 -240 hours of work experience for 24 credit points using 2 electives
- BUSM4671 -480 hours of work experience for 48 credit points using 4 electives
Postgraduate students can enrol in:
- BUSM4483- 120 hours of work experience for 12 credit points using 1 elective
- BUSM4609 -240 hours of work experience for 24 credit points using 2 electives
- BUSM4674 -480 hours of work experience for 48 credit points using 4 electives
You can only commence your placement once you have enrolled in the Business Internship elective and have worked through the administrative steps including having your placement approved by the Course Coordinator and ensuring a WIL Agreement has been completed.
There are three periods each year that Business Internships can be undertaken:
Semester 1: March – June
Semester 2: July – October
Summer (Flex): November – February
Start and finish times are flexible within these dates.
If you would like to complete your internship at a later date please contact the Internship team via this form.