Internships Framework: Student Preparedness Project


Written by Nina James

Internships are an important part of the student experience at the University of Adelaide. They provide a valuable opportunity for students across all disciplines to apply their technical knowledge in real workplace situations, develop their employability skills and build their professional networks.

As part of the University of Adelaide’s strategic approach to internships and work-integrated learning, the Internship Framework identified a need to support students throughout the duration of the internship lifecycle. It also acknowledged that internship offerings across the University and in different programs of study are often diverse, context-specific and complex.

To support this work, a range of digital resources for use in new and existing internship courses have been designed and developed. Learning Enhancement and Innovation (LEI) have collaboratively developed these resources in partnership with the central Employability team, the Careers Service, Course Coordinators, Faculty-based Internships staff and Students as Partners.

The resources include pages, tools and interactive resources packaged into MyUni modules, including:

Securing an Internship

  • Ethical scenarios
  • Finding a host
  • Host Organisations
  • Internship Agreements
  • Fair Work Act
  • Insurance


Preparing for an Internship

  • Reflective writing
  • SMART goals planning
  • First Day
  • Career Objectives
  • Dress codes
  • Handling nerves and stress


Professional Identity

  • Workplace scenarios
  • LinkedIn
  • STAR model
  • Self-promotion
  • Cover letter planning tool
  • Resume planning tool



  • Introduction to teamwork
  • Communication
  • Working in a team
  • Evaluating a team


Time Management

  • Introduction to time management
  • 80/20 Rule
  • Prioritising tasks


Sexual Harassment

  • Harassment scenarios
  • Sex discrimination and sexual harassment



  • Enterprise and technical skills
  • What next?
  • Sourcing a job


International Internships

  • Preparing for an international internship
  • During an international internship
  • Following up


These modules can be imported from Canvas Commons to any MyUni course and can be adapted for use by Faculties and schools.

These resources and tools can also be used by staff, both academic and professional, during face to face student internship activities, including seminars and workshops. Anyone interested in accessing the resources can use the Internships Support Modules infographic for step-by-step instructions. This can be accessed here.

Looking for further information on this resource?

Please contact the Internships team for more information.

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