Study at VU

Practical learning & placement opportunities

At VU we produce work-ready graduates. Our approach to learning combines theory with practice, through work placements or practical learning opportunities in all of our courses. This means you gain real industry experience while developing the practical skills to become confident and career-focused.

This page highlights just some of the placements our students participate in.

As leaders in sport, we have many collaborations with organisations such as the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne Vixens. Whether your course is in business, event management, or even massage, you may find yourself gaining real-world experience through our partnerships and affiliations with sports organisations and high performance teams.

VU's connections with elite sporting teams took Amber Rowell to a sport science role with Melbourne Victory.

Arts & creative placements

The College of Arts offers courses that range from creative industries, communications, writing, performance and digital media to community services and psychology.

Cultural & creative

Our Design Studio provides a simulated work environment for graphic design students to produce commercial work for internal and external clients.

Kindred Studios offers music and sound production students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a professional recording and performance facility.

Psychology clinic

The Psychology Clinic provides Master of Clinical psychology students the opportunity to turn their theoretical knowledge into practice, while offering psychological services to the community.


Our Professional Placement Program is for students in their final year of a Communications, Public Relations, Professional Writing or Digital Media degree.

Business placements

The Centre for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) prepares Business students for employment through our workplace programs. Work Integrated Learning partners have included ANZ Bank, Crown Hotels, IBM, KPMG, QANTAS, Toll, Webjet and more.

Education placements

Students from our education courses benefit from placements in schools and childcare settings from first semester of study.

Engineering placements

Our College of Engineering and Science champions Problem-Based Learning (PBL) – a team-based approach to learning. All of our Bachelor of Engineering degrees include a compulsory 12-week industry placement.

Mechanical Engineering degree students build and drive their own race car and compete against other universities in the worldwide Formula SAE competition.

Health placements

Courses from the College of Health and Biomedicine range from nursing and midwifery, paramedics, osteopathy, biomedical science and more.


Our nursing placements provide extensive hands-on experience – one of the reasons our graduates are highly regarded in the industry.


A paramedic clinical placement is the best preparation for an exciting paramedic career.


The Osteopathy Clinic gives students practical experience. Students treat members of the community for a range of problems in a working clinic environment.

Law and Justice courses at VU give students the best preparation for the workplace. Our clinical legal education includes internships and court scenarios where students run real cases in community legal settings.

Sport placements

Students from the College of Sport and Exercise Science take part in Career Development and Employability program and Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation placements.

Trades placements

Courses in Victoria Polytechnic range from bricklaying to beauty, and hairdressing to construction. With a focus on workplace learning, our students have the industry-edge.

Victoria Polytechnic is our TAFE division.


With support of teaching staff, our pre-apprentice and apprentice trade students constructed the EcoLiving Centre in Albion.

Hair & make-up

Hairdressing, beauty and make-up students develop practical experience at our highly-regarded Beauty Clinic. Strong industry connections in film, television, theatre and VU events such as the Night of Notables give our students opportunities gain industry experience.

Students studying hairdressing and make-up gain hands-on, once in a lifetime experience every year at New York Fashion Week.

Student testimonials

Here is what students have to say about their placements at VU: