As an academic, work-integrated learning program that contributes to degree outcomes, the IAP differs from work experience or vacation work. Placing final-year Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology students into the workplace, the IAP projects consist of a series of planned experiences with clearly defined goals and pre-determined assessment strategies.
A course in a program, students gain credit points and a grade towards the completion of their degree.
From 2017 the program runs each Trimester, over a 12-week period from late February to mid May (Trimester 1) or July to September (Trimester 2). Depending on the IAP course a student is enrolled in, they work on a 5, 2 or 1 day.
Projects are generally in South-East Queensland, however, some students are placed interstate or overseas. Placements fall within two categories, direct or open placement.
Direct placement is a project offered to a specific student, direct from the industry partner. It is not released to the student cohort to preference and the student is not interviewed during the IAP interview round.
Open placement is a project released to the student cohort to preference (select). The Griffith Sciences Work Integrated Learning (WIL) office reviews student preferences and allocates them to interview.