Student professional experiences
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a strong practice-orientated approach to learning with well established industry links and professional experiences placements in many of its courses.
Organisations, students and UTS all benefit from work experience placements.
- For students, it helps to cement their learning; for an organisation it gives you a worker for free, it enables you to contribute to the future development of professionals, and it gives you an opportunity to identify potential employees;
- for UTS, it helps us build links to industry and helps us ensure that our program is matching the needs of industry and the profession.
Academic staff will work with an organisation to identify how to tailor a placement so that it suits all three parties.
Find out how to become involved in the professional placements programs, for the:
- information and media study area, contact Maureen Henninger or Michael Olsson, and
- social inquiry study area, contact Katherine Gordon.
An internship provides valuable insight and vocational experience for students considering a career in advertising, public relations, public affairs, corporate communication, community relations, internal communication or integrated communication. The internship is completed on an unpaid basis and organisations are asked to provide meaningful and relevant experience to complement the students' university studies.
Find out how to become involved in the internship program, for the:
- public communication study area, contact Vicki Bamford about public relations internships and Ruth Spence-Stone advertising internships, and
- journalism study area, contact Wendy Bacon.
Some arts and social sciences final year undergraduate students undertake a professional project with an external client. These clients are from industry, community organisations and government agencies.
As these projects are not placements, the organisation is not required to supervise the student.
The advantages for an organisation are that you will have a resource:
- who is capable of working at a professional level
- who will produce something that is worthwhile and of a good standard because it must satisfy UTS subject requirements
- from whom you will get an outcome.
It also enables your organisation to gain exposure to potential employees.