University of Technology Sydney

25999 Business Internship

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UTS: Business
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): 48 credit points of completed study in 48 cp from Business Faculty Bachelor's Degree OR 72 credit points of completed study in 72 cp from Business Faculty Bachelor's Combined Degree OR 72 credit points of completed study in 72 cp from Bachelor's Combined Degree with Business Faculty OR 72 credit points of completed study in 72 cp from Bachelor's Combined Honours with Business Faculty
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 21999 Business Internship AND 22999 Business Internship AND 23999 Business Internship AND 24999 Business Internship AND 94680 Entering Professional Life (6cp) AND 94681 Entering Professional Life (8cp)


In this subject, students undertake an internship with an organisation in a capacity relevant to their academic studies. This assists in developing employment skills, knowledge and contacts which can contribute to their career goals. Through their internship, students are exposed to the professional functions and activities relevant to their field of study (major or business sub-major). A written reflection and report on the outcomes of the internship is required. Students must undertake 100 – 180 hours of work with a host organisation. 180 hours is the maximum, which is equivalent to 4.5 weeks of full-time experience. The terms and time frame of the experience are flexible and may be negotiated between the student and host organisation. The internship must be based on an agreed and approved program of work that aims to achieve predetermined learning objectives.

Students must achieve a minimum overall weighted average mark of 55 to enrol in this subject. It is the responsibility of students to source their own internship. Students must enrol in this subject prior to undertaking an internship.

Recognition of prior learning (exemption) is not granted for this subject.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Identify personal work-ready skills and attributes and articulate career goals and interests;
2. Apply work-ready disciplinary knowledge in a workplace environment;
3. Critically reflect on the learning and developmental outcomes of a workplace experience; and
4. Demonstrate appropriate professional performance, conduct and attitudes in a working business environment.

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject provides Bachelor of Business students with an opportunity to develop and apply their academic skills and knowledge in the context of a real workplace. It will enhance the students’ employability by increasing their awareness of employers’ expectations of performance and conduct, and develop skills associated with exploring and securing employment opportunities upon graduation.

Teaching and learning strategies

The majority of students' time is spent in the workplace environment. This experience is supplemented by compulsory preparatory workshops which involve instructive lectures, interactive activities, industry and successful graduates’ presentations. On-site guidance is provided by the external host organisation, which must assign a workplace supervisor to the student.

Content (topics)


  • Self- Awareness: Pre-internship workshop activities leading to an understanding of personal skills, interests, values and motivations – promotion of individual strengths in writing, e.g. by completing a targeted application form or résumé.
  • Opportunity Awareness: Activities leading to an awareness of the full range of opportunities available to students – internships, hidden job market, networking, exploring career resources.
  • Decision Learning: Research activities which enable students to identify future career goals
  • Transition Learning: Activities leading to an understanding of how to present themselves effectively in writing and in person.
  • Preparing the Proposal: Negotiating and securing an internship; defining learning objectives associated with the internship.
  • Reflective Learning: The process of learning within the internship and reporting on its outcomes.
  • Legal and Ethical Responsibilities: Insurance, workplace health and safety, ethical behaviour, and resolving issues with an internship.


  • Reflection on the Experience: Final report reflecting on personal development and learning outcomes and how to use these outcomes in the first stages of a career.


Assessment task 1: Internship Proposal (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):


Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%

Assessment task 2: Career Pitch Video (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):


Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 25%

Assessment task 3: Internship Report (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

2, 3 and 4

Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%

Assessment task 4: Evaluation by workplace supervisor (Individual)


This is not a piece of work to be completed by the student but rather is an appraisal of the student’s performance in the workplace by the host organisation.


This addresses subject learning objective(s):


Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 5%

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

Required texts

There is no text for this subject.

Recommended texts

UTS Business School (2020), The UTS Business School Writing Guide


Bennett, R., Eagle, L., Mousley, W. & Ali-Choudhury, R. (2008) Re-assessing the value of work-experience placements in the context of widening participation in higher education. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 60(2), 105-122.

Billett, S. (2010). The practices of learning through occupations. In Learning through practice (pp. 59-81). Springer, Dordrecht.

Boud, D. & Garrick, J. (eds) (1999) Understanding Learning at Work, Routledge, London.

Boud, D. & Middleton, H. (2003) Learning from others at work: communities of practice and informal learning. Journal of Workplace Learning, 15(5), 194-202.

Carson, L. & Fisher, K. (2006) Raising the bar on criticality: students’ critical reflection in an internship program. Journal of Management Education, 30(5), 700-723.

Clark, S.C. (2003) Enhancing the educational value of business internships. Journal of Management Education, 27(4), 472-484.

Fanthome, C (2004) Work Placements: a Survival Guide for Students. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Gault, J., Leach, E. & Duey, M. (2010) Effects of business internships on job marketability: the employer’s perspective. Education + Training, 52(1), 76-88.

Knouse, S.B. & Fontenot, G. (2008) Benefits of the business college internship: a research review. Journal of Employment Counseling, 45, June, 61-66.

Trede, F. (2012). Role of work-integrated learning in developing professionalism and professional identity. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 13(3), pp.159-167.

Trede, F. and McEwen, C. (2012). Developing a critical professional identity. In Practice-based education (pp. 27-40). SensePublishers, Rotterdam.

Walmsley, A., Thomas, R. & Jameson, S. (2012) Internships in SMEs and career intentions. Journal of Education and Work, 25(2), 185-204.

All the above references are in the UTS library and all of the journal articles are available online via the UTS Library catalogue.

Other resources

UTS Careers Service

UTS Business School