Architecture and Construction Management internships
Internships are a great way to develop industry connections and networks, prepare you for graduate work environments and provide you the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills into real-life situations.
Step 1: Check your eligibility.
Ensure that you have completed the required amount of units and have space in your study plan. See the full list of criteria here.
Step 2: Prepare for your internship through the ECMS Internship Management System.
The ECMS Internship Management System is a self-paced system designed to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills concerning internships.
Step 3: Organise your study plan.
Check that you have organised your study plan with an alternate elective in case you are not successful in gaining an internship.
Step 4: Find an internship.
You will find many internship opportunities advertised on CareerHub and the ECMS blog. Learn more about finding an internship.
Step 5: Apply for your chosen internship.
The application process for an internship is much the same as you would a job, giving you valuable job-seeking experience.
Step 6: I have completed the application process. What are my next steps?
If you are successful in your application, the Faculty will enrol you into the internship elective, and you will need to drop your alternate elective. During your internship we will be checking in with you. If you were unsuccessful in your application, you should continue with your alternate elective.
Before you start
What is the eligibility criteria for an internship?
To be eligible for an Architecture / Landscape Architecture internship you must:
- Be a current postgraduate student studying either a Master of Architecture or a Master of Landscape Architecture
- Must be in your first year of study
- Have a 3-unit general elective available in your program - please check your elective space with the Ask ECMS team.
- Have a GPA of 5 or above.
To be eligible for a Construction Management internship you must:
- Be a current postgraduate student studying Master of Construction Management
- Currently in second year of your postgrad degree
- Have a 3-unit general elective available in your program - please check your elective space with the ECMS Student Service team.
- Have a GPA of 5 or above
- Have a current valid White Card
How do I prepare for an internship?
The ECMS Internship Management System is a self-paced system designed to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- applying for internships
- commencing an internship
- writing reports and reflective journals.
How to get started
To get started log into the ECMS Internship Management System in CareerHub and complete the five self-paced stages:
- Skills Training
- Professional Development Training
- Finding Opportunities
- Preparing for your First Day
- Reflective Writing.
Each stage has a compulsory element that will need to be completed before moving on to the next. The self-paced system allows you to go back to review each stage as many times as you like, so you can complete them in your own time and also use them as a source of reference.
It is recommended that you begin the Skills Training and Professional Development Training stages whilst in your first year of study.
I'm studying an undergraduate degree, can I undertake an internship?
Unfortunately, undergraduate Architecture programs do not have elective space for students to undergo a 3-unit internship elective.
For further information on opportunities to work with industry, please visit CareerHub.
I am an Architecture midyear intake student, why can’t I complete an internship?
Currently our Architecture internship course is only offered in Semester 2 of each year.
Due to the time required for the internship application and selection process, it is not possible for a midyear intake student to be confirmed prior to the Semester 2 census deadline. Therefore, midyear intake students are not able to apply for internships.
The Faculty is working hard with relevant parties on another internship offering and will keep students updated on this.
Finding an internship
Using CareerHub to find an internship
Managed by the University’s Careers Service, our online CareerHub enables you to search for paid and unpaid internships, graduate and full-time opportunities, as well as volunteer positions that may count towards your degree's internship requirements.
CareerHub also houses many events such as employer presentations, which provides you with valuable opportunities to meet company representatives on campus.
We strongly encourage all students to register with CareerHub to gain access to the University database of internships and other opportunities.
How do I join CareerHub?
Use your Student ID and password to register for CareerHub.
You can also subscribe to receive notifications and updates regarding when employers will be on campus, and opportunities that suit you become available.
Other internship sources
Can I source my own internship?
Unfortunately, no. Students are not permitted to source their own internships.
If you are interested in undertaking an internship with a particular company, please contact the Internships team at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further.
Are internships paid or unpaid?
Our internships can be either paid and unpaid.
The CareerHub promotion will feature if the internship is unpaid or if there is renumeration associated with the experience.
When are internships offered?
Architecture / Landscape Architecture: Internships are offered in Semester 2.
Construction Management: Internships are offered year round in Semester 1, Semester 2 and Summer Semester.
How often will I attend the internship?
The internship is a 3 unit course which students will complete 2 days a week for 12 weeks.
Applying for an internship
The application process for an internship is much the same as you would a job, giving you valuable job-seeking experience. You will apply by submitting your cover letter tailored to the internship opportunity, resume and official transcript, and completing an online interview component.
Those successful will be shortlisted on the basis of all requirements being met and their application submission.
Interviews will occur with the host organisation and if you are successful in securing an internship, the university will enrol you into the internship elective and prepare your internship agreement.
Is there an internship course I should enrol into?
No, the Faculty will enrol you into the internship elective.
However, do not leave space in your study plan for the internship. You must organise your study plan with an alternate elective in case you are not successful in gaining an internship. If you are successful and need help dropping your alternate elective, please contact Ask ECMS.
The internships team will be in contact with you to initiate your internship agreement.
How will an internship fit into my study plan?
Our internships are 3 units and will take the place of an equivalent number of elective units you are already enrolled into.
The Faculty will ensure internship confirmations are completed prior to census date to avoid complications to your enrolments and study plan.
Study plan tip
While you are going through the internship application process, you must have an alternate elective that you are enrolled into in case you are not successful in securing an internship.
For help organising your study plan, please talk to Ask ECMS.
Where can I get help with my application documents?
I have been selected for an interview, how do I prepare?
The internships team will provide you notice on your interview. When preparing for your interview, we encourage you utilise the Career Advice and Planning Guides to prepare for your interview.
We encourage you have your portfolio prepared and ready for your interview; industry love to see the work you have developed in your own time or during your University studies!
What if I am not successful in gaining an internship?
If you are not successful, you should continue with your alternate enrolled elective.
During your internship
Throughout your experience, we will periodically check in with you over the course of your internship, with communications sent near the beginning, middle and end of your internship (depending on duration).
During your internship, you are required to submit assessments to MyUni reflecting on your experience. Please refer to your Course Outline and MyUni page for your assessments.
If during your internship you have any questions or concerns, contact the Internships team and they will either help you themselves, or refer you to the appropriate support service as required.
Unfair treatment, bullying and harassment
Ensuring your safety and wellbeing is of paramount concern for both the faculty and University. If you’re subjected to behaviour or placed in a situation that causes distress, the host company should provide avenues to address your concerns. This can range from mediation to immediate removal from the situation.
Regardless, please contact the Internships team immediately to report or discuss.
You can contact us confidentially via email, phone or in person. The University provides several avenues of support, and we’ll work with you to determine the most appropriate.
If you would like more information about internships or your question hasn't been answered here, please contact the Internships team.