Work-Integrated Learning Internship
AIE Institute’s Bachelor of Game Development students have the opportunity to participate in the work-integrated learning (WIL) internship program in the third year, semester 2 unit, GDC300I Internship.
The internship is arranged by AIE Institute. Students who are successful through the application process will be assigned an Internship Industry Mentor by the WIL Internship Provider, who will support them during their internship.
AIE Institute’s WIL internship program provides students with opportunities to use technical, artistic and creative skills and knowledge in a workplace, developing games, simulations, gamified applications and advanced technologies for human–computer interaction. Students will work alongside industry practitioners, and possibly other AIE Institute students undertaking an internship with the WIL Internship Provider.
WIL at AIE Institute is an integral part of our course. The units have been intentionally developed for students to blend their studies with experience in current workplaces. WIL offers students the opportunity apply the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their course.
It is anticipated that students will:
- Gain an understanding of the realities of their chosen profession
- Gain insights about potential career options
- Further develop both their interpersonal and professional knowledge, skills and capabilities ready for employment in industry.
WIL can provide a competitive edge for students when seeking employment after completing their course, as students will have applied and developed their knowledge, skills and capabilities in a real working environment. During the internship, students will have the opportunity to build their own valuable industry network.
WIL may include a range of workplace activities, duties, tasks and responsibilities at the WIL Internship Provider that have strong relevance to the student's course of study. An internship may occur in both physical and virtual spaces, and online and offline environments. This flexibility reflects contemporary challenges and opportunities in the industry.
AIE Institute recognises diverse student needs and interests, including specific needs, and internships may be tailored to accommodate the specific needs and interests of the student and the WIL Internship Provider.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Internships are available on a competitive basis for students who have a GPA score of credit and above. In addition, there may be specific criteria for each internship available.
How to Get Involved
Students and organisations who are interested in the WIL program should contact the WIL Coordinator, Professor Manolya Kavakli at WIL@aieinstitute.edu.au
Students who are progressing into their third year of study and interested in participating in the WIL program should speak to the WIL Coordinator, who will provide information about the stages of the application process. Further information on the application process can be accessed through the WIL Handbook:
Students who are successful through the application process will be assigned an Internship Industry Mentor by the WIL Internship Provider, who will support them during their internship. Students will also be supported by the WIL Coordinator, who will provide feedback in regular fortnightly intervals through emails and in person site visits. For the duration of the internship period, the WIL Coordinator will liaise closely with the student and the Internship Industry Mentor.
Insurance: AIE Institute obtains insurance cover each year for students who are undertaking unpaid WIL internships that are approved by AIE Institute. AIE Institute’s insurer may provide cover to WIL Internship Providers for liability to pay compensation for personal injury, other injury or property damage which may arise as a result of any negligent act, error or omission of the student in the course of the internship. The policies are subject to certain terms, exclusions, conditions and limitations, and a copy of such terms can be provided to the WIL Internship Provider, if requested in writing.
In some instances, the WIL Internship Provider may offer the student a paid internship. In that case, students undertaking paid workplace internships are covered by the WIL Internship Provider’s workers compensation insurance.
Key Contact: WIL Coordinator, Professor Manolya Kavakli at WIL@aieinstitute.edu.au