WIL at Waikato

Placement, Work related project or Impact Lab?

The University has developed a range of papers in each School that will meet your degrees WIL requirements. You should go to see your School's WIL Contact to discuss what opportunities are available to you, this will depend on the requirements or options within your degree.

A placement or internship involves immersion in the workplace, so you need to be able to meet the time commitments required by the paper. A work-related project does not necessarily require you to be located at the organisation. Depending on what options are available in your degree, it may also be undertaken as an individual project, group project or class project. The Impact Lab is multi-disciplinary team challenge working on sustainability issues, read more about the Impact Lab below.

Check out the WIL paper options here. More information on these specific WIL papers and your options can be found below on your School web page.

What is the Impact Lab?

The Impact Lab provides an opportunity for Pan-University collaboration between students. You will be able to work on real sustainability issues faced by our Community, developing solutions in a multidisciplinary team. You will also develop the professional skills that go along with this, which will hold you in good stead for your future careers. A challenge or issue is something that an organisation cannot solve due to a lack of time or resources. However, some organisations may also submit or support challenges that are beyond the scope of their industry but still have an impact on their organisation, for example, social, societal, environmental, logistical, political, technical, or artistic issues.

Finding a placement or project

Many project and placements will be made available on the University's WIL platform where you can apply for these opportunities, you can link to the platform here. If you have your own idea we encourage you to pursue this. However please speak to your School WIL contact BEFORE you approach any organisation to request a placement or project, it is possible that they will already have made contact with the University.

Hours in the workplace

This can vary depending on the paper and the work that is required. Placements can range between 60 and 400 hours. Work-related projects may only require in-class lectures and email communication with the partner organisation.

Academic credit

The WIL papers specified in your degree planner will count towards your qualification. Papers are either 15 credits or 30 credits, in some cases you may be able to take more than one WIL paper in your qualification. You will need to speak to your WIL contact to find out if this is a possibility.

Can Volunteering Count towards WIL?

Yes, but it will need to be pre-approved, relate to your degree, meet the learning outcomes of the paper including time requirements and assessments.


The University of Waikato begins to prepare you for your work placement or work-related project from your first day in your first year. The theoretical knowledge you accumulate during your time at the University is a key aspect in developing your practical and professional skillset. You will also have the support of the Careers Development Team in getting work-ready.

Responsibilities and expectations  

While you are out in placement or engaging with a partner organisation, you will be expected by the University to maintain professionalism and behave in a way appropriate of a representative of the University.

You will be required to sign an student statement which is available from your School's relevant WIL contact. The statement covers the following:

  • Adherence to the University Student Code of Conduct
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Confidentiality
  • Responsibility for your learning
  • Attendance and Assessment
  • Health and Safety
  • Engaging with the partner organisations policies and guidelines

Considerations for working remotely

There are some instances were you might need to work remotely with either your academic supervisor or your workplace supervisor. Click here for guidance about what this means, what you need to consider, and what you should do.

Essential requirements

Please contact your school in the first instance to find out more specific information about the WIL requirements of your degree.