Work-integrated learning

At Curtin, we value authentic learning and are committed to helping you develop industry-ready skills and enhance your employability through embedding work-integrated learning (WIL) in all courses.

WIL is structured and purposefully designed learning experiences that blend theoretical concepts with practice-based learning. It involves engagement with workplace and community settings where you interact and network with industry/community partners.

Types of experiences

WIL covers a range of activities, projects and learning approaches which involve you working with or alongside industry or community. WIL may include:


Fieldwork is any approved practical work, teaching, study or research activity, usually conducted outside the normal place of University business. Fieldwork may be an integral part of a course (curricular) or a co-curricular activity organised by the university. Fieldwork can include clinical or practical work placements or activities, participation in laboratories, plant visits, industrial premises or site visits, practicums, study tours, field trips, work experience, service industry placements, isolated and remote fieldwork camps and/or excursions, and international field trips/placements. Fieldwork does not include activities that have not been approved through the University, such as voluntary and leisure activities, paid or unpaid work experience, and site visits that are not part of an award course.

See the Fieldwork policy and procedures for more information.

Industry-based projects and research activities

This involves research or problem based projects are where you work with and for industry or community partners.

Service learning

Service learning is the integration of civic responsibilities into academic curriculum. It is undertaken specifically for the benefit of community or not-for-profit organisations where you are engaged in serving while learning.

Simulation and virtual learning

This is a digital learning environment which emulates the complexities of a real life situation or event where you engage with industry or community partners. Examples include physiotherapy clinics, law courts, nursing wards, moot courts, architectural studios and engineering projects.

Co-curricular work experience placements

These work experience placements are generally unpaid, short term positions focused on boosting your industry knowledge and skills. They aren’t necessarily part of your course or curriculum and you usually source the placements yourself. Curtin’s Careers team can provide advice for finding placements, and you may be eligible for free work experience insurance.

Learn more about work experience placements and insurance.

Fieldwork preparation

We have a range of forms and links to help you prepare for WIL and to ensure your safety and wellbeing.