Student FAQs

General

No, it isn’t a requirement to take part in all 3 stages of the program, although we recommend getting as much out of it as possible. Some students may miss a stage or only complete the 'Meet Industry Week' or Leadership Camp due to their availability.

The number of internships is also limited because it is based on the organisations that choose to partner with the program that year, and the success of students in interview. Participants who begin the program when they are in their first year are less likely to be accepted for an internship given how early on they are in their studies, however they will benefit greatly from the other stages of the program and will be considered for internships the following year. 

'Meet Industry Week' is a kind of professional development boot camp. During the week the cohort visit a number of companies across different industries with offices in the CBD, who deliver professional development workshops, networking sessions and panel events with employees. Some workshops will also be run on campus by different areas of UNSW, and there will be a closing event to celebrate. 

The goal is to provide insight into the workplace and help participants build confidence in navigating the business world, whilst practicing networking and learning how to develop their career. It's also the first opportunity to start to really connect with peers on the program.

The Leadership Camp is based out on the Southern Highlands and involves 3 days of intensive experiential team work and leadership activities. We don't want to give too much away, but it is really fun and challenges participants to get out of their comfort zone and explore their strengths and areas for development under the guidance of expert facilitators. Plus there's lots of yummy food and evening activities to let off steam with new friends on the program.

No, the program is free for any current undergraduate student of UNSW.

Yes, each stage of the program is recognised separately on participant’s AHEGS (Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement). 

Applications

To apply, eligible students complete an online application form and attach a copy of their up to date resume and transcript. Eligible students will then be invited to attend a one on one meeting with the program manager to explore their suitability for the program. 

The program is currently on hold for 2020/21, however any students interested in taking part in the future should email the Co-op Program team at co-nnections@unsw.edu.au.

The program is only open to current undergraduate students (in any stage or discipline except Medicine, Social Work, Education or Optometry) who meet one or more of the folllowing criteria:

  • Hold a current Equity Scholarship
  • Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Attended an ASPIRE partner school. 

Yes, students in all stages of their degree can take part in Co-NNECTIONS. Those with less than 50 UOC may be considered too early in their degree for the experience, but it is still worth applying and potentially undertaking the early stages of the program.

Yes, the program is actually designed for those who don’t have any prior experience of the professional world, and are ready to now challenge themselves and start working more concertedly towards their career. 

There are many factors considered in determining who is right for the program. These include an applicant’s background and circumstances, how far along they are in their degree and their career, their capacity and maturity to manage the demands of the program, and what they may be able to contribute to the program and the cohort more broadly.

Internships

Once a company has confirmed they have an opportunity for a student to intern with them, the Co-NNECTIONS team create a shortlist of suitable students within that year's cohort and present their details to the employer. The company then decide who they wish to interview and conduct short 30 minute interviews on site with each of those candidates before making a selection.

Companies usually take into consideration each student's background and discipline, their fit for the role and the team, interpersonal skills, general motivation and preparedness for the interview/interview performance.

No, only some of the students within the cohort will end up securing an internship, therefore we encourage all students accepted into the program to still be proactive and seek out opportunities at the same time.

Who ends up securing an internship is largely dependent on the companies that choose to get on board with the program that year, and the match between their industry or role and the students in the cohort.

In order to do an internship as part of Co-NNECTIONS, students must enrol in a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) subject called CDEV3000. Depending on an individual student's degree progression, they may receive 6 units of credit for completing this subject, regardless they must pay HECS. Any student considering the program should request a progression check when they apply. 

We advise that students undertaking an internship only enrol in one extra subject in addition to CDEV3000 to ensure they have enough time to complete the placement. 

Internships typically take place over one term, and are completed part-time (2-4 days per week depending on a student's study load).

Interns work on a wide range of projects and activities depending on the industry, role and the skills they possess. These could range from HR, marketing and event support, to data analysis, resaearch or report writing. 

There is no guarantee of employment after the internship, although some students may be offered continuing casual work by their sponsor. In previous year's of the program at least a third of the cohort who interned secured further work with their sponsor.

Students undertaking an internship receive an Equity Award of $187.50 per day of the internship. Most internships are 40 working days in total, meaning the student receives $7,500 for the entire placement. This is funded by the sponsor company, but the student receives it in fortnightly payments from UNSW.

In most cases the internship will be relevant to the student's area of study. The internship is intended to be relatively introductory, so a large part of what the student takes away is experience of the workplace and soft skills such as professionalism, team work, working with a supervisor, communicating with stakeholders etc.  

No students don’t get to choose the company, Co-NNECTIONS send each company a shortlist of candidates from the group who they deem suitable for the role, and then the company conduct interviews and make a selection. 

Co-NNECTIONS is very happy to provide coaching and support to help a student in securing an internship or other opportunities. This could include resume feedback, interview practice, help in making decisions about other opportunities, or providing a reference.  

Every student doing an internship has a supervisor in the workplace who they meet with regularly to get support and feedback. The Co-NNECTIONS team is also on hand throughout the internship for any support and guidance, and will check in with intern and supervisor periodically during the placement, as well as organising opportunities to connect with the rest of the group for social support.

Co-NNECTIONS also run an induction prior to commencing to help each student prepare for their placement, and provide the student and supervisor with tools and guidelines to help them clarify the roles and expectations of the placement, and provide 360 feedback.