UniSA staff can provide support for employers at all stages of the experience - before, during and after. Information is provided to assist employers find an intern or project student, set tasks, manage the experience and reflect on the outcomes achieved. Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
Determining whether you require an Intern or Project student
If you are unsure whether an intern or project student would be the most suitable for the work you require, please refer to our Internships and Projects section for tasks and focus areas for each. If you are still unsure, please contact us to discuss the best approach for you.
Fair Work Act 2009 (for Australian-based organisations)
It is important that host employers are familiar with the Fair Work Act 2009 as it provides a balanced framework that promotes fairness, safety and flexibility in any work place.
PRIA internship guide for employers
Although the PRIA Internship Guide 2013 refers to the public relations and communication industries, the guide provides a solid foundation for all industries hosting interns. It covers valuable information including responsibilities and good practice for both hosts and interns, orientation, supervision/ mentoring, feedback and evaluation, as well as remuneration guidelines and general advice. It is recommended host employers read through the information and apply it to their own industry and work place environments.
When the organisation and the student agree to an internship or project, the organisation is requested to complete a Learning Agreement form with the student. This Agreement is not a legal contract, but simply a statement of expectations that will establish a sound basis for a successful internship or project for the student and organisation. The Agreement is flexible and is regarded as a point of entry for negotiation. Tasks and learning objectives are included; however these can be varied to suit the organisation and its needs. Once the organisation and student have agreed to the details of the Learning Agreement, the student will confirm with a member of the University staff that the arrangements meet the academic requirements.
Insurance (for Australian-based organisations)
The UniSA Public Liability, Professional Indemnity and Personal Accident insurance covers all students who:
- are currently enrolled;
- are undertaking an assessed internship or project, or a non-assessed work experience or volunteering opportunity, approved by the University;
- are receiving no remuneration of any kind.
It is important to understand that if the above criteria are not met, students may not be covered by our insurance and they may be liable for any claim made against them or for any medical expenses incurred.
Once an internship or project is confirmed, our staff will email you the Insurance Form for you to complete and sign. Please return this form to us at your earlierst convenience so that it can be processed in a timely manner. We require Insurance Forms to be completed prior to student/s commencing their internships or projects.
Please note, if the host organisation wishes to offer remuneration for students, then it becomes the responsibility of the organisation to arrange the appropriate insurance cover with their human resource department.
We recognise that your organisation may be working with sensitive material and the involvement of University staff and students could be of concern to you. All students and staff are expected to adhere to any confidentiality agreement statements provided by an organisation. Any work produced as a result of an internship or project will be treated as commercial-in-confidence by the academic supervisor and will not be used for any other purpose unless permission is granted in writing by the organisation.
Induction and OH&S requirements
Before commencing their internship, students may be required to complete an online OH&S module that educates them on general best work practices in an office/ work environment. It is expected, however, that upon commencing the internship, host organisations conduct either an formal or informal induction session with their students, as per any new employee to the organisation. This session should cover OH&S policies and guidelines, accessibility to facilities, orientation in and around the work place, meet-and-greet staff members, etc.
Student behaviour and assessment
Employers are right to expect students to work with a high level of professionalism at all times. For internships this includes arriving on time, dressing appropriately, following the office procedures and rules, as well as doing the work they have been assigned within the deadlines. Project students are also expected to demonstrate high levels of professionalism in their communication with you and in the delivery of their work. Please contact us if you have any concerns throughout the process. Students’ professionalism will be assessed and evaluated at the end of the internship or project.
Ongoing feedback is expected throughout the time of the internship or project. While brief instantaneous feedback is always useful, employers are encouraged to provide more considered, verbal feedback for a minimum of two or three times within the 80 hours of work.
Assistance for employers
Employers can seek assistance with any issue concerning the internship or project course by contacting the School’s Placement Office at CILplacements@unisa.edu.au or ph +61 8 8302 4930 (for Australian-based organisations) and firstname.lastname@example.org (for Hong Kong organisations). Feedback and suggestions for improvements to the internship or project course is welcomed and encouraged.
The employer will be required to provide formal written feedback following the internship or project. A feedback form will be provided at the end, however, more detailed written feedback is always welcome. Supervisors are also encouraged to conduct exit interviews with their interns or project students to exchange feedback and reflect on the experience.