Course Title: Design Internship

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Design Internship

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT: 

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Juliette Anich

Course Coordinator Phone: Please email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Please email

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students should have progressed to mid-way or beyond in their program to enrol in this course, and all first-year core courses must have been completed. 

This course is open to undergraduate students from any program in School of Design, including Communication, Games, Animation, Industrial Design, Digital Media. 

Course Description

Design Internship provides you a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunity with design-oriented businesses and organisations. You will experience how to contribute to design practice in a business, government or community context. This course may be undertaken in a variety of modes that are appropriate to your learning experience. You will learn about professional design practice by working alongside experienced designers within a host enterprise.  

Your internship will be of 80 hours duration. To enable flexibility with securing an internship, you can elect to extend your internship duration by an additional 40 hours. These additional hours will not be assessed but will be covered by RMIT insurance. 

Your internship can be spread out over several months or as an intensive immersion into a particular setting.  Your internship can be in Australia or abroad; and can be remote or face-to-face.  As there are no face-to-face teaching hours this course may be able to be completed entirely remotely.  

Once you are enrolled you will receive links to the WIL Toolkit which will provide further advice on how to look for and carry out your placement. 

Industry Internship Requirements 

An agreement including schedule and relevant insurance documentation is required to be completed before commencing each internship (local and international). International internships must be registered and processed through RMIT Global Mobility (Melbourne) / RMIT Career Development and Employment (Vietnam).  In the case where a placement ends early, please refer to changes or cancellation of WIL activities in the WIL Procedure. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

Apply analytical, critical, creative and strategic thinking to design problems and research within complex and unfamiliar contexts and concerns. 

Collaborate with other specialists and key stakeholders on design problems on multi-disciplinary projects in diverse settings. 

Generate innovative approaches to design problems and solutions, with a criticality and openness to the perspectives and needs of others in a situation. 

Initiate, plan, manage and execute research and design projects with independence and in an objective and ethical manner. 

Reflect on own learning and the efficacy of design decisions made, adapting to needs and issues as they arise, and continuously seeking improvement. 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

1) Locate your approaches to design within ethical and operational protocols of the design profession. 

2) Work effectively in collaboration with (and under direction from) industry mentors and demonstrate initiative in the execution of design tasks. 

3) Demonstrate a capacity to apply design knowledge and skills in a professional context with criticality and creativity. 

4) Reflect deeply on own conduct and experience in view of continuing professional and intellectual development. 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in undertaking design activities within a professional work context. This will include design development and documentation, learning about the various operational process and ethical protocols of a commercial design studio or design-oriented business or organisation, reflecting on your experience of working in a professional context, and presenting that experience to a community of peers. You will be supported by a range of  resources and consultations  to assist your  internship experience. 

Details of Learning Activities 

As soon as you are enrolled in this course you should start to source your internship. You don’t need to wait until your course dates commence, it is best to start straight away to give yourself enough time to secure your internship. 

To get started, please visit the Design Internship Opportunities site here.  

The site contains: 

  • Video recording of the student briefing 
  • Currently available opportunities 
  • How to get started looking for an internship, and the criteria 

Link to the WIL Toolkit for Students which outlines the process steps and additional resources 

You must complete all the ‘Essential Admin Steps’ here on the WIL Toolkit for Students before you start the internship. 

Your internship should be: 

  • Tasks - tasks that are relevant to your studies 

Before you start the internship and no later than the end of Week 4 of your semester, you must: 

  • have the WIL Agreement approved by your Course Coordinator and 
  • upload the WIL Agreement to InPlace 

Please note that if you do not submit your WIL agreement, your marks for the course will not be released. 

Your internship hours must be completed by Week 12 in line with your final assessment. 

Please note: If you have not found an internship by Week 1, you should contact your Course Coordinator urgently for support and advice. You are expected to have made multiple approaches to companies prior to the course start date.  Students who have demonstrated substantial effort but who have not been able to source an internship by Week 4 may be given extra support. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  
Course specific resources such as readings, reference lists, access to specialist software, video demonstrations and class notes will be provided online. 
There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Task 1: Preliminary Reflection, 25%, CLO1 

Assessment Task 2: Visual Documentation of Role, 30%, CLO2 

Assessment Task 3: Reflection, 45% CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.