• Every year, Flight Structures hire University of Waikato engineering interns and graduates. Since 2003, Flight Structures has been designing, building and certifying aviation equipment, something that engineering student Adam Jones has been helping with as part of his engineering internship.

Work-Integrated Learning

At the University of Waikato we are committed to preparing our graduates to be ready for the workforce.

Our work-integrated learning (WIL) papers create a link between academic learning and the practical applications of this learning in the workplace. WIL is a compulsory component of all University of Waikato’s undergraduate degrees.

Students will acquire, understand and apply essential professional skills that will prepare them for the future workforce, while allowing them to demonstrate their graduate knowledge to employers.

Organisations will benefit from fresh perspectives and ideas, an additional pair of hands, shortcutting future recruitment and providing opportunities for growth. Work-integrated learning is a win-win for organisations and students.

At Waikato, WIL is divided into two main categories: work placements and work-related projects.

Work Placements

This category refers to practicums, internships and placements. This is an opportunity for students to spend a period of time immersed in an organisation undertaking genuine tasks or a specified project.  Students learn to apply theoretical knowledge to practical experiences while completing academic assessments.

Work-related Project

This category covers projects specified by industry or community organisations. These projects are managed in the university classroom with input from the organisation throughout the process. Students can work as individuals or groups on real projects, key issues or by simulating professional practice while completing academic assessments.

The majority of placements and projects will need to fit within the universities trimester dates. Trimesters are the three distinct teaching terms in a year. Trimester’s generally start in March, July and November and run for 14 weeks. However there is an opportunity for flexibility in the start date of placements or projects.


The benefits to your future career by participating in work-integrated learning can be significant. Find out how WIL can benefit you.