Student Work Experience Program

Are you an early to mid-degree student with little or no relevant industry work experience, eager to gain knowledge and experience in a recruitment process?

If so, the Student Work Experience Program (SWEP) could be for you!

SWEP is designed to provide you with the opportunity to participate in a competitive recruitment and selection process, similar to those used by large organisations. The valuable knowledge, experience and feedback you gain will give you a real advantage when entering the job market as an intern or graduate candidate. SWEP is aimed to provide you with a helping hand to get on the first rung of your career ladder.

All students who participate will learn:

  • What to expect from a competitive recruitment process
  • What behaviours and soft skills employers are looking for
  • How to stand out from other candidates to impress recruiters and hiring managers
  • How to articulate and present yourself within a recruitment process
  • How to reflect and act on constructive feedback to improve for future recruitment processes.

Students who successfully pass the SWEP process will also:

  • Receive a certificate of achievement
  • Be considered for an unpaid work experience placement

Please note that not all successful students will be eligible for a placement. The number of placements in the Brisbane area is limited and subject to business requirements. The top-scoring students from each degree program will be offered a placement first, with remaining students considered, should further suitable opportunities be identified. Please be reassured that BELSET will endeavour to identify multiple opportunities, in order to offer as many placements as possible. Historically, we have secured between 50-60 placements per semester.

How to participate

  1. Read about SWEP to decide if this is the right experience for you and ensure you are fully prepared.
  2. Register for and attend an information session which will outline the participation requirements and process, and answer any further questions
  3. Submit an application via StudentHub
  4. Unsuccessful applicants will be provided with feedback and offered a second chance to apply, provided there is time before the deadline
  5. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre
  6. Following the assessment centre, attend a debrief session where you will receive group feedback to help you improve your performance in future recruitment processes
  7. Book a one-on-one consultation with BELSET where you will receive feedback on your individual performance during the recruitment process
  8. If successful, be considered for an unpaid work experience placement during the winter semester break.

    What students say

    Recent SWEP participants talk about their experience. 

    SWEP is a great opportunity for students to learn more about the practical applications of their course work. I participated in the program and had a swell time; I learned heaps and met some fantastic people. I highly recommend the program to any keen students looking to expand their horizons. - George Bellas, Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics.

    "SWEP is one of the best and most rewarding opportunities for BEL students during their studies at UQ. By participating in the program, you will be able to acquire industry-specific knowledge and a rare insight into the real-world recruitment process, which will be paramount to your future employability and success." – Howard Wang, Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

    "SWEP provided a great opportunity to experience what a competitive recruitment process looks like and how employers assess the qualities of potential employees – all this is done in a supportive and convivial environment." – Jake Davies, Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

    "Applying for the SWEP programme stood out to me as an opportunity because the process in which candidates are selected mimics the process for graduate roles and future employment prospects - there is no other way to learn how to present yourself in such an environment, unless you can take part in a program like SWEP. I believe a programme like this is invaluable to the student experience, and for the future!" – Lily Barnett, Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

    “The SWEP program greatly improved my confidence in interviews and working in teams by providing me with an opportunity to engage in a professional environment. I would highly recommend that program to any BEL student.” – Anon.

    “The SWEP program provided valuable insights into the competitive recruitment process through an interview, psychometric testing, and assessed group activities. I would recommend the program to students who want to maximise their opportunities to secure internships and graduate roles.” – Amy Rabenhorst, Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

    “Participating in SWEP was both enjoyable and rewarding. As someone with very little experience in applying for jobs, it has helped me feel more oriented and confident about my future career path. Regardless of the final outcome and whether I am successful, I have found it highly beneficial to step through the recruitment process with SWEP, all while receiving useful feedback. I think this program is an excellent way to kick off industry work experience and would strongly recommend it to other students." – Jianing Wang, Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

    "I enjoyed participating in SWEP this semester as it was a brand new challenge for me. I believe BELSET did a great job in emulating, and giving me the opportunity to practice participating in, an online recruitment process." – Joseph Bui, Bachelor of Laws (Hons)