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Student placements

Bring creativity to your workplace
Arts and social sciences students are creative, collaborative and adaptable – their exceptional communication skills equip them to thrive in an innovation-driven economy.

More and more organisations are recognising the value of employing graduates from the humanities and social sciences. Our students offer innovative approaches to problem solving, aptitude for logical argument, curiosity, inventiveness, critical thinking and the ability to synthesise information quickly, in addition to highly effective communication skills – all of which transfer readily to the workplace.

Advantages for your organisation

By partnering with us you can potentially boost both your workforce and your reputation. You will:

  • gain early access to high-calibre students
  • evaluate potential employees through a proven, cost-effective partnership
  • benefit from fresh perspectives, ideas and innovation
  • enhance your reputation with other graduates through the positive experiences of our students.

Our placement program allows students to apply the knowledge and theory they have gained through their studies and implement sustainable solutions to your organisation’s most pressing challenges.

During placements our students will enhance your day-to-day operations and gain valuable exposure to real-world processes and industry networks. In return, you’ll provide them with a planned, supervised experience, assigning a mentor/supervisor who challenges them with relevant work and extends their practical skills.

Projects and tasks may include:

  • conducting research, competitor analysis and surveys
  • producing effective and persuasive writing with balance and nuance
  • developing social media engagement and generating online content
  • interpreting and reviewing official documentation and communications
  • synthesising and writing concise reports.

Please contact our Head of Student Affairs and Engagement to enquire about hosting a placement.

The Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences is designed for those who aspire to professional leadership roles, display executive potential and who would like to combine their professional aspirations with an interest in the arts and social sciences. The course includes an industry internship.

This course has a strong emphasis on public policy analysis, cultural awareness and sensitivity, ethical reasoning and critical analysis which, together with a focus on problem solving, leadership, legal strategy and communication, equips our students with a highly transferable and flexible skillset.

The Department of Media and Communications offers students the opportunity to gain professional experience through discipline-specific internship programs in many high-profile media organisations. Host organisations include Fairfax Media, the ABC, SBS, public relations firms, publishing houses and in-house communication teams.

All Media and Communications undergraduate students undertake an internship with a media organisation in their final year of their degree. They possess the training and skills required for entry into areas such as print, broadcast and online media, and media relations.

Students from our Postgraduate Placements Program (pdf, 158KB) are well placed to work across a range of industries including book publishing, radio, and public relations. The program is open to Master degree students in Health Communication, Media Practice, Publishing, and Strategic Public Relations.

Please contact our media internships officer to enquire about hosting an internship.

Professional experience is a central component of all teacher-education and social work programs at the University of Sydney.

Information about social work field-education placements can be found in the Field Education/Practice Learning Handbook (PDF, 4.1MB), which is published annually by the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. Alternatively, agencies and organisations are invited to email our social work program coordinator directly.

For education student placements, please email our education program coordinator.

Our students undertake internships in various Australian and international museums and galleries that vary in size, collection type and museology, as well as related institutions including libraries, archives, auction houses, private corporations with collections, art lenders, museum and gallery organisations, or organisations that run art fairs, festivals, biennales and the like. 

Hosts for Museum and Heritage Studies students also include heritage sites, heritage assessment and interpretation companies, government heritage offices, and heritage organisations and the like.

These internships are open to both Art Curating and Museum and Heritage Studies postgraduate students undertaking either a Masters or Graduate Diploma.

Please contact our placement officer to enquire about hosting an internship, or download our information pack.  

In our unique Social Justice Student Placements program (pdf, 110KB), we partner with industry to deliver vocational training beyond the classroom, providing students with an opportunity to make important contributions in the social justice sector.

In conjunction with our valued industry partners, we offer project-based, unpaid placements for credit within a structured academic program. Placements are 140 hours (about 20 days' full-time or equivalent part-time). Previous partners include: World Wildlife Fund, NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors, People With Disability Australia and Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation.

As an industry partner, you’ll have the opportunity to work with an academic lead and a group of students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to research, analyse and present solutions to challenges identified by your organisation. This is an innovative approach to problem solving that combines the skillsets of your business and humanities students.

Some examples of projects include:

  • AGL: The future of the electricity grid
  • Blackmores: Solutions for obesity
  • Career Seekers: Resettlement of asylum seekers and refugees
  • DIPX International: Using patient experiences to improve healthcare delivery
  • Glebe Community Development: Living side by side – social sustainability in inner Sydney
  • NSW Parliament: Social media and politics
  • Public Defenders: Not guilty – Sydney exoneration project
  • PwC: Future of Sydney precincts
  • QBE: Impact of climate change
  • Westmead Redevelopment, Western Sydney Local Health District: Sustainability – Furniture reuse, repurpose and recycling
  • Westpac: The impact of artificial intelligence on banking

Click here to learn more about our range of Industry and Community Project Units.

We noticed during our recruitment campaign that we didn't have a diverse pool of candidates – most applicants had business degrees. As a result, we decided to broaden our reach to students studying arts degrees in order to expand the expertise of our team.
Eshan Motwani, Senior Associate, PwC

Karen Walker

Head Student Affairs and Engagement

William Lovelady

Internship Officer
All of the students were cooperative, mature, responsible and intelligent in their approach to the internship during the interview process and induction. Their short presentations on their work at the Parliament were all very well researched and thought provoking.
Jeannie Douglass, Manager, Parliamentary Education Department of Parliamentary Services Parliament of New South Wales