Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Do I need to be enrolled with an Australian University to apply for a WIL (Work Integrated Learning) Scholarship?
    Yes. You should be enrolled with an Australian University in either a technical or business related degree program. You should have completed at least one full semester with a minimum of a credit average on your academic transcript.
  2. Can I apply for a WIL Scholarship if I have graduated?
    If you are intending to enrol in a post-graduate study program with an Australian university, then you can apply for a WIL scholarship. Please be aware, that you cannot be awarded a WIL scholarship unless you are in an enrolled education program with an Australian university.
  3. What happens at the end of the WIL scholarship?
    Most host organisations have robust graduate programs. Their graduate programs are designed to select students from their WIL placements. A 2011 ACS Foundation survey found that 79% of WIL placement students received graduate employment offers from their host organisation.
  4. Should I wait until I graduate to look for work?
    As soon as you start tertiary studies, you should consider that you career has already started. Employees are increasingly hiring their graduates from those who have completed internships with them. To give yourself the best chance at the best jobs, you should ensure you complete an internship or scholarship while you are at university.
  5. What is the difference between an internship and a WIL scholarship?
    An internship is a general term for a work-based experience while a student is studying at university. An internship placement is often completed during a university's vacation period. A WIL scholarship is similar to an internship, but it often runs in parallel with the university semester. A WIL scholarship may span both the university vacation and also run concurrently with a university semester.
  6. Do I need to defer my studies to accept a WIL scholarship?
    It depends on the scholarship you are applying for. Some WIL scholarship placements are longer than others. It is your choice if you want to take a full study load, part-time study load or defer your studies for the semester in which you complete your WIL scholarship.

Application Process

  1. What is the Application Process?
    An ACS Foundation team member will assess your application within a week of receiving it. The application will take 1-2 weeks to be assessed by ACS Foundation and will then be forwarded to the donor company. If you are successful, ACS Foundation will organise an interview between yourself and a company representative. ACS Foundation will continue to organise contracts and manage your payments throughout your internship or employment. All roles listed on the ACS Foundation website are paid.


  1. Why do organisations sponsor students through the ACS Foundation?
    The ACS Foundation helps organisations access talented university students across Australia. Our integrated WIL Programs and one-stop-shop placement arrangements assist organisations in gaining the benefits of supporting students and connecting with universities, without the cumbersome administration.
  2. Will partnering with the ACS Foundation promote my organisation's profile to students and universities?
    Yes, your WIL scholarship will be created and promoted as your organisation's scholarship and will use your approved logo. The Partnering with the ACS Foundation further enhances your brand both on campus and in the industry more broadly. Here is a list of organisations who are already partnering with the ACS Foundation.
  3. How do I start sponsoring a student?
    When an organisation chooses to sponsor a student, a scholarship fund is utilised to set up an educational donation arrangement. The ACS Foundation then administers the fund on behalf of the donor, in conjunction with the university, for the benefit of the student. The ACS Foundation manages all the paperwork and distributes the donation fund so that every party receives the maximum benefit of the arrangement. To start sponsoring a student, use this form to get in touch with the ACS Foundation team.