Placements, Projects and WIL in a Simulated work environment

There are three main WIL Activity Types in InPlace:


Common terminology for WIL placement activities include: practical placement, practicum, co-operative education, clinical placements, fieldwork, internship, traineeships, apprenticeships. These activities are generally on-site placements in a workplace or community setting and maybe paid or not paid.


These projects include industry or community projects, work-based projects, research projects in a workplace that are designed for and with industry and community partners. They may take place on or off campus, or online. These projects commonly require teams or individual students to undertake a real project that is based on real problems or address needs of industry or community. WIL projects may be paid or unpaid.

WIL in a Simulated work environment

WIL activities in simulated workplace environments are sometimes necessary for ethical, safety or professional reasons or when other forms of WIL are unavailable. These environments are designed to simulate real workplaces in their function, equipment and mode of operation, so that students can experience a variety of scenarios and inter-related activities similar to real work experience in the industry or profession to which the program leads.

Partner organisations are involved in the design of the simulated workplace environment and/or provide feedback to students during WIL activities. Examples include engineering labs with real-world equipment, mock hospital wards, radio and TV studios, moot courts, chemistry laboratories, etc. WIL in simulated workplace environments may take place on or off campus.

For more information about types of WIL, refer to the Work Integrated Learning section on the RMIT website.

Schools are responsible for managing all WIL data in InPlace themselves. These should be entered into InPlace all throughout the year. Placements may be in the form of student nominated self placements, staff created placements or opportunities. For more information on how to manage your placements refer to the Placements Quick reference Guide.