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Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Welcome to Work-Integrated learning (WIL) for the Schools of Science, Engineering, Computer Science and Health. The Bachelor's degrees offered by these Schools produce multi-skilled and adaptable graduates ready to take on challenges and a wide variety of careers. WIL helps you to further develop your skills and in your chosen field by giving you the opportunity to apply this thinking to real world problems.

WIL at the University of Waikato gives you a great opportunity to link what you have learnt in the classroom and apply it in the workplace. Because of this, WIL is a compulsory aspect of your degree. This page will provide you with the information about the different options for WIL. We recommend that you speak to your WIL Coordinator to determine the best one for you as this will depend on your major, your personality and personal strengths.

Bachelor of Design (BDes)

PaperWhat You Need to Know
DSIGN350

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design are required to undertake DSIGN350 - Intern Project.

This paper will induct the design student into the professional environment where the student applies design skills, research methodology and production skills to allocated projects or industry placement.

Are there pre-requisites?
Yes. DSIGN241 or CGRD241 or DSIGN242 or CGRD242

Project or Placement?
The intern project is a mixture of practical experience and lectures. The practical experience takes the form of either a one day a week internship with a design company or as an on-campus Design Studio where you will work on real design projects.

Bachelor of Engineering (BE(Hons))

Work placements are offered as part of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (BE(Hons) degree and are a compulsory component of this degree. Throughout the course of the degree you are required to undertake a total of 800 hours in the workplace. The papers you will enrol in are listed below.

You will note that the one paper at each level has 30 points associated with it while the other has 0 points. This is because the 30 point paper, while counting toward your Honours Degree will also count towards a Diploma of Engineering Professional Practice. If you are interested in undertaking the Diploma of Engineering Professional Practice, please speak to your Division Registrar.

PaperWhat You Need to Know

ENGEN271 (0)
ENGEN272 (30)

ENGEN371 (0)
ENGEN372 (30)

Engineering Work Placements
You will complete two work placements of 400 hours at approved engineering organisations relevant to your students. This placements take place in the second and third year of your degree and are typically three months, from mid-November until the end of February.

Your WIL Coordinator 
Your WIL Coordinator will work with you to help you to find a placement and support you throughout your placement experience. The WIL Coordinators within Health, Engineering, Computing and Science liaise with industry, research institutes and local government organisations to place over 400 students in work places relevant to their qualification and interests.

You will undertakes specific papers to prepare you for the workplace which includes learning skills in professional behaviour, ethics and communication. During the placement, you will write a technical report on your work and will be assigned an academic supervisor to assist you with this. Your WIL Coordinator will also visit you on site and your workplace supervisor will provide an assessment on your work performance.

Recommendations
Sometimes our partner organisations will require that the successful applicant has their full drivers licence. To avoid disappointment we recommend that you obtain your full licence if possible.

There are a large number of students in the Engineering Work Placement Programme; therefore it is recommended that you also look and apply for placements yourself. We suggest using some of the tactics below:

  • Regularly check relevant job boards for when employers list their internships
  • Target specific employers where you would like to work and email them your CV and a cover letter detailing what you are looking for
  • If you are confident in doing so, hand in your CV to these businesses face to face
  • Google is a great tool for finding businesses in your chosen area of study
  • Tell your friends and family that you are looking for a placement. You never know who knows who!
  • Our WIL Coordinators are always here for help with CVs and cover letters
  • Attend University campus events when employers visit the campus.

International Placements
If you are an international student and have opted to return home to undertake your work placement, there are forms that you will be required to complete.

If you are a domestic student and are intending on undertaking an international placement, you will need to ensure that you obtain the correct visas, insurance and documentation. Do not underestimate the time that it might take to obtain all the information that you need. Please advise your WIL Coordinator as soon as possible if this is something you are considering.

Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance (BHSHP)

The below papers provide an opportunity for you to both experience and contribute to an organisation whose work is focused on health, sport and/or an aspect of human performance that best aligns with the focus of your BHSHP major, and where you think you want to work when you have finished your undergraduate qualification.

PapersWhat You Need to Know

HSHUP301

Industry and Community Engagement in Health, Sport and Human Performance 1

This paper provides opportunities for professional and personal development within varied work-related settings relevant to the fields of sport, health and human performance. This paper is designed for students majoring in Sport Development and Coaching or Community Health as part of the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance.

HSHUP302

Industry and Community Engagement in Health, Sport and Human Performance 2

This paper provides opportunities for professional and personal development within varied work-related settings relevant to the fields of sport, health and human performance. This paper is designed for students majoring in Human Performance Science for the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance and will include lab-based practical components.

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

As part of your bachelor of Science you will complete one of the following Work-Integrated Learning papers which draw on your experiences in the degree to prepare you for your chosen career.

Papers What You Need to Know
SCIEN301

Capstone Project
Students complete an interdisciplinary group project on a topic of relevance to the scientific or wider community.

For a list of available projects, please contact the paper coordinator.

SCIEN303Undergraduate Research Project (15 credits)
Students carry out an independent research project on an approved topic under staff supervision.
SCIEN313

Undergraduate Research Project (30 credits)
Students carry out an independent research project on an approved topic under staff supervision.

Bachelor of Science (Technology) (BSc(Tech))

Work placements are a key component of the Bachelor of Science (Technology). Throughout the course of the degree you are required to undertake a total of 400 hours in the workplace. The papers you would enrol in are listed below. The work placement is intended to develop professional skills through work in a relevant professional workplace, as students work alongside professional scientists. Work placements allow students to observe professional practice and workplace cultures and consider potential careers.

Paper What You Need to Know
SCIEN371

Science Work Placement 
This work placement for the BSc(Tech) degree is normally undertaken during the summer at the end of the second year. Placements are secured with the assistance of the WIL Coordinators and students are usually paid seasonal rates during the work placement. Work placement activities must be relevant to the students' degree discipline and be at least 400 hours. Assessment is based on assessment items set during the placement (some are compulsory assignments) and student work performance evaluation.

Students are required to have successfully completed SCIEN270 in order to commence this paper.

Your WIL Coordinator 
Your WIL Coordinator will work with you to help you to find a placement and support you throughout your placement experience. The WIL Coordinators within Health, Engineering, Computing and Science liaise with industry, research institutes and local government organisations to place over 400 students in work places relevant to their qualification and interests.

You will undertakes specific papers to prepare you for the workplace which includes learning skills in  professional behaviour, ethics, and communication. During the placement, you will write a technical report on your work and will be assigned an academic supervisor to assist you with this. Your WIL Coordinator will also visit you on site and your workplace supervisor will provide and assessment on your work performance.

Recommendations
Sometimes our partner organisations will require that the successful applicant has their full drivers licence. To avoid disappointment, we recommend that you obtain your full licence if possible.

There are a large number of students in the Engineering Work Placement Programme; therefore it is recommended that you also look and apply for placements yourself. We suggest using some of the tactics below:

  • Regularly check relevant job boards for when employers list their internships
  • Target specific employers where you would like to work and email them your CV with a cover letter detailing what you are looking for
  • If you are confident in doing so, hand in your CV to these businesses face to face
  • Google is a great tool for finding businesses in your chosen area of study
  • Tell your friends and family that you are looking for a placement. You never know who knows who!
  • Our WIL Coordinators are always here for help with CVs and cover letters
  • Attend University campus events when employers visit the campus.

International Placements
If you are an international student and have opted to return home to undertake your work placement, there are forms that you will be required to complete.

If you are a domestic student and are intending on undertaking an international placement, you will need to ensure that you obtain the correct visas, insurance and documentation. Do not underestimate the time that it might take to obtain all the information that you need. Please advise your WIL Coordinator as soon as possible if this is something you are considering.

Our Work-Integrated Learning team

The HECS Work Integrated Learning team helps students find work placements to help complete your degree requirements. We are a blend of academics and recruitment professionals with relevant industry experience and we are extremely passionate about working with students. We thrive on seeing our students succeed and transition from student to young professional. For questions, expressions of interest or further information please contact us on HECS-WIL@waikato.ac.nz.

For more information, visit the central Work-integrated Learning web page.