In an ever changing, competitive job market, boasting the right work experience will give you the edge with graduate employers.

UQ provides varied experience opportunities for you to apply your academic knowledge and learn important workplace skills. Take advantage of the below programs to build your industry connections and professional profile.


smiling student with clipboard in front of colin clark building at UQBEL Student Work Experience Program

The Student Work Experience Program (SWEP) gives you the opportunity to participate in a competitive recruitment process, similar to those used in the open job market, and a chance to complete an entry-level professional placement during the semester break. Make sure not to miss the application deadline at the beginning of each semester.

workplace discussionBEL Work-Integrated Learning

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) courses let you gain degree-relevant work experience in your final year for academic credit.  WIL internships or industry consultancy projects integrate academic theory with workplace practice, underpinned by purposeful employability learning. There are several WIL courses available in the BEL Faculty. 


yellow room with yellow chairs and search bar over the topOnline jobs boards

To find work experience opportunities, internships or jobs, start by regularly checking UQ StudentHub or UQ Careers Directory, as well as the well-known commerical jobs and employment platforms.

Make sure to like the BEL Careers and Employability Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest employability announcements.


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Opportunities for law students 

Law students seeking legal experience can join the Pro Bono roster, get involved in mooting or apply to do a legal clinic. Legal clinics are your opportunity for work-integrated learning, ie, working in a social justice setting for academic credit thorugh one of two elective courses. All experiences require in-person attendance. Legal clinics are your opportunity for Work Integrated Learning (an internship for academic credit). The ODPP Work Experience Placement Program offers four-week placements in various locations across Queensland for students with a genuine interest in criminal law.

illustration showing video screen and studentVirtual internships

Access a wide range of virtual experience opportunities through the UQ Forage portal to build skills you can include on your resume. Short, free online internships with leading companies from around the globe provide you a taste of working in a particular role to help you decide which career path is really for you.


2 smilin gstudents at open day wearing UQ purple polosVolunteering

Volunteering is an ideal way to build your skills and extend your professional and personal network while contributing to a worthy cause in your community. YOu can sign up for UQ-wide volunteeting opportunities  or to be come a BEL Buddy volunteer or mentor.


world travelGlobal experiences

UQ offers a broad range of overseas study and international experience programs. They not only present unique learning experiences but are also an opportunity to distinguish yourself to future employers.

Check your school's web pages for current opportunities and programs, as well as UQ's Global Experience page.