Industry Placement or Work Integrated Learning is designed to be part of the process through which students learn about tourism and gives practical experience in the workplace that supports the academic program. It provides invaluable experience, knowledge and contacts and can help identify career directions. For students who don’t have work experience, it offers a chance to develop a work ethic and to find out what it is like to be in the workplace. It is a compulsory component of the Bachelor of International Tourism in the final year of the course.

'I have attached Laura Illman’s evaluation for you to look over. I am really sorry it’s very positive as just don’t have any criticisms of her, she is FANTASTIC! The work Laura has been able to help us out with is of an amazing quality, I want to hire her! Again apologies if it is too glowing but, as I said, Laura has been a real credit to the program, thanks again so much for sending her our way. Cleland Wildlife Park has a wonderful history with Flinders University.  The students have not only enjoyed their time here at the park but we have been able to implement their hard work while they are here into tangible offerings to our visitors and local communities.  We look forward to continuing the valuable friendship'.
James Sellar | General Manager | Cleland Wildlife Park

Duties and projects undertaken by students on placements have varied enormously, including updating documentation; pamphlet and web page design; the design of new tours; visitor satisfaction surveys; risk management and operation plans; the development of new marketing strategies; event management and so on. Whilst projects are encouraged, having students working within the providers environment is an invaluable experience for the student. The students are very keen and enthusiastic, so the practicum providers are usually very pleased with the outcomes.

For information about the tourism industry placement process please contact the topic coordinator


Postgraduate event studies student, Ursula Menz, on placement with the Credit Union Christmas Pageant

'Ursula provided significant support to the 2014 Credit Union Christmas Pageant… At all times she planned ahead and demonstrated clear communication skills to ensure optimisation of her time. This is one hallmark of a good event manager…'
Brian Gilbertson | Event Manager |Credit Union Christmas Pageant