Connect your business with the brightest future business leaders

Since 2010, we've partnered with some of Queensland's biggest industry names; Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Tennis Queensland, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Brisbane City Council and Gold Coast University Hospital to name a few, to offer business internships to our bright, up and coming students.

A business student intern could make a significant difference to your organisation; you'll get access to leading research expertise and collaborate with academics, you'll be matched with a student that best fits your specific business needs, you'll get to nurture and make a meaningfully contribution to a student's future.

Getting prepared

The below steps are key to understanding and preparing to offer a business internship placement with us!

Considering your application

When you are deciding to apply to offer an internship placement, we'll need to know the following

  • the nature of the business/business unit in which the internship will operate
  • the issue or project within your organisation that you have identified for the student to address; or the tasks/activities the student will be working on
  • the expected outcomes that the student will deliver (verifiable outcomes).

We'll also consider a number of factors before you're approved to offer an internship placement to students. These factors include but are not limited to:

  • outcomes of a risk assessment (e.g. existence and implementation of emergency and incident reporting procedures)
  • outcomes of a work site evaluation
  • alignment of Griffith University and the host organisations’ values
  • the host organisation is of a reasonable size.

Types of internships

As an industry partner of the WIL Program, you can choose to offer one of the follow internship placement types:

  • Industry/ Community Project internship: students can work individually or in a dynamic multi-disciplinary team toward your specific project goals. The project could involve a specific area of research or investigation which will contribute to solving a business problem or supporting a business case.
  • Activity/task internship: it's based on professional practice roles, activities and tasks. Students can work independently or in collaboration with team members in a relevant professional role for a workplace and on activities and tasks relevant to professional practice or day-to-day operations. Students are active-participants and learners in the workplace and apply their skills under the guidance of their ‘supervisor’.
  • Virtual internships: students are available remotely, online. Virtual internships open up work experience opportunities beyond SEQ – think capital cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and rural, remote and regional Australia, or the NT!
  • Case Study or Scenario-Based: study tour, global internship, or simulated work environment experience.

There is instruction below on what disciplines an internship placement can be offered in.

Selecting a student

We aim to provide the most suitable student to your internship placement; however, this is contingent upon student participation numbers for each trimester and student preferences for internship placement offers.

When a potential intern has been selected for your internship placement, we will make a recommendation to you. You will receive a copy of the student’s resume and cover letter and may choose to conduct an interview. You will make the final decision regarding the student’s assignment to your workplace.


Students are available on a part-time basis (one or two full days per week) up to a maximum 12-week period. Additional days may be negotiated between you and the student. While internships are unpaid, some students may be available for paid work or paid vacation employment on either side of their internship commitment.

Unpaid work

Students undertaking an internship are unpaid because the student is completing a placement as part of their course and there is no employment relationship. Any work offered to the student outside of their internship hours is expected to be paid work.

The fine print

Academic requirements

Griffith Business School’s internship courses are graded and form part of the student’s degree. Students attend face-to-face or online classes across the trimester while they complete their placement with you. Students are supported by a Course Convenor and teaching team, and complete a number of assessment items during the course. A dedicated Griffith Business School team tracks student progress throughout the internship to ensure industry deliverables and academic outcomes are achieved.

Legal liability

Students are covered by Griffith University for legal liability and personal accident (if they are unpaid). Note that students are NOT covered to drive company vehicles. Projects/ internship activities can be confidential.

Key dates for Trimester 2

Applications opens


Trimester 2 commences

19 July to 15 October 2021

Key dates for Trimester 3

Applications opens


Trimester 3 commences

8 November 2021 to 11 February 2022

Want to offer a business internship?

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Internship placement disciplines

As part of the WIL model we like to make sure each internship placement meets our students' academic requirements. The disciplines we like to fit placements into are:

  • Accounting, Finance and Economics
  • Asian Business and Engagement
  • Behavioural Science
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Law
  • Digital Business
  • Event Management
  • Financial Planning
  • Government and International Relations
  • Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Real Estate and Property Development
  • Sustainable Business
  • International Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Sports Management

Use the Bachelor of Business Majors to guide your internship placement job ad.

You can choose how you'd like to deliver your internship placement, we can facilitate the following delivery modes:

  • Face to face internship: your intern will come to your workplace to carryout their internship responsibilities.
  • Virtual internship: your intern will be available to you online.
  • Blended internship: your intern can do both; you can decide when and where you'd like your intern to be.

Student are required to spend one to two days in the work place to meet their academic course needs.

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