The Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) is committed to providing industry experiences for students, enhancing their employability, their industry networks and allowing students to develop invaluable professional skills valued by employers.
In November 2014, the MSE launched a new Industry Based Learning program – an elective unit within the Master of Engineering, Master of Information Systems and Master of Information Technology, offered for 25 academic points credit, including 400 hours of professional work experience at an organisation’s workplace.
Over a dozen students have commenced summer vacation IBL placements with hosts as part of the new program in 2014 – we seek expressions of interest in the Program from alumni for the semester one and two, 2015 intakes.
Benefits for host organisations include:
- access to enthusiastic and motivated students with the latest knowledge in their field
- utilise a dedicated resource to complete specific tasks or projects
- preview potential students for possible future employment opportunities
- guide the next generation of industry professionals
- showcase your organisation’s culture, expectations and procedures to interested students
- develop beneficial connections with the School
- provide development opportunities for existing staff through project and work supervision
For IT student Daniel Williams, a summer internship has led to ongoing employment with a top international startup. Daniel was accepted into the Tin Alley Beta internship program, an initiative from the Melbourne School of Information that offers talented computing students paid internships to in the offices of leading tech start-ups.
Daniel has been working for 99 Designs, a popular online international crowd-sourcing service for designers, which was founded in Australia and now has a head office in Silicon Valley. Following his placement as a Machine Learning Intern, his employers have offered Daniel ongoing work at the start-up.
“The internship gave me fantastic insight into start-up culture. Everyone working at 99 designs is dedicated to creating and promoting the product. It is a very social atmosphere with a relaxed feel to it. It is by far the most fun I have had at a job!”
“The experience has made me realise that the tech revolution that has been happening in the last few years means that if you have a good idea and some good people, you can go far.”
The MSE also participates in a range of industry-based final year design projects, in which students create engineering solutions for industry clients. There are also a range of industry guest lectures, site visits and mentoring opportunities.