Three modes of work-integrated learning: stories of success

Leanne Carter, Jennifer Ruskin*, Ashleigh Cassilles

*Corresponding author for this work

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The interest in work-integrated learning (WIL) in higher education has grown in recent years. Employers are demanding that graduates be work ready so WIL has emerged as an important strategy to achieve this. This chapter considers a university-wide initiative that gives every student the opportunity to have an industry-based experience built into their program, with a view to developing the graduate capabilities that are being requested by industry. The initiative is called Professional and Community Engagement and has been implemented in a variety of formats at Macquarie University, to enhance the development of employability skills and at the same time increase student success at university. The chapter considers the traditional internship model, business mentoring, and on-campus business problems presented as living case studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSuccess in higher education
Subtitle of host publicationtransitions to, within and from university
EditorsLeigh N. Wood, Yvonne A Breyer
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789811027918
ISBN (Print)9789811027895
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Work-integrated learning
  • Internships
  • Mentoring
  • Employability


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