Here at Kaplan Business School Australia, our strong industry networks allow us to connect you with employers across Australia and grant you access to a broad range of employment opportunities. Careers Central will assist you with finding suitable placements based on your industry needs.

Why consider an academic internship?

Recent research conducted in Australia shows that students who do internships are better at decision-making and managing their careers than those who don’t. With potential for higher graduate pay, broader networks and greater insight into the industry, internships are now considered an essential part of an education. Internships are a fantastic, unique opportunity for students to:

  • Develop relevant work-skills and apply your studies in practice while gaining credit towards your study.
  • Gain exposure in a professional environment and see the day-to-day operations of a business.
  • Improve your industry knowledge and expertise around the workplace and further build your professional network.

Who can sign up?

Our academic internships can be undertaken as elective subjects if you are studying one of the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Business – Course CRICOS code 067756B.
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting) – Course CRICOS code 085958J.
  • Bachelor of Business (Finance) – Course CRICOS code 085963A.
  • Bachelor of Business (Hospitality & Tourism Management) – Course CRICOS code 085961C.
  • Bachelor of Business (Marketing) – Course CRICOS code 087660M.
  • Bachelor of Business (Management) – Course CRICOS code 085959G.
  • Graduate Diploma of Business Administration – Course CRICOS code 078566F.
  • Master of Business Administration – Course CRICOS code 078565G.



  • Gain real-world experience and confidence via workplace responsibility.
  • Improve transferable skills such as communication, teamwork and time management.
  • Experience practical application of theory to ensure your chosen career path is right for you.
  • Impress prospective employers while enhancing employability.
  • Start building a network of industry contacts to accelerate career progression.

Interested? Get in touch!

*Based on students place in academic interships between November 2018 and June 2019.


The Bachelor of Business internship subjects involve completion of a set of activities under the guidance and supervision of an academic supervisor at Kaplan Business School Australia and an industry mentor from a partner organisation. Host companies will interview you prior to offering you a placement with them.

Subject details



WORK COMMITMENT: Part time (3 days per week)

ACADEMIC COMMITMENT: Three assignments

DURATION: 12 weeks

EQUIVALENT TO: Two electives



  • BUS201: Foundations of Workplace Success
  • Currently on a Pass average

Subject details


CODE: BUS 307 and BUS308 (Combined)

WORK COMMITMENT: Full time (5 days per week)


DURATION: 12 weeks

EQUIVALENT TO: Four electives



  • BUS201: Foundations of Workplace Success
  • Currently on a Pass average


The MBA507 subject involves completion of a 204 hour work placement integrating academic learning, enhanced employability skills and attributes, and an improved knowledge of organisations and career pathways within your specialised industry. The ultimate objective of this work-integrated learning experience is to deepen your understanding of the job-ready skills in demand by high quality employers. Success in this subject will therefore enhance your employability, allow you to experience practical applications of theory and expand your network with business professionals who will support you on your journey to establishing a career.

Subject details



WORK COMMITMENT: Part time (3 days per week)


DURATION: 12 weeks

EQUIVALENT TO: One elective



  • Completion of at least one trimester
  • Currently on a Pass average

Apart from valuable work experience, what else does an academic internship entail?

The academic component of an internship means it is not enough to just turn up for work. You need to also submit (and successfully pass) the assignments that are set for you. There are several of these throughout the trimester, such as a learning contract and a reflective journal. Indeed, 20% of your final mark will be determined by a rating assigned to you by your host employer, which is why it’s critical you perform at your best while you’re in the workplace.

In addition to the ongoing support you’ll receive from the internship intermediary and our own Work Integrated Learning Coordinator, you will also have access every week to a dedicated online lecturer. This lecturer will be regularly posting a range of resources on MyKBS to further assist you to excel in the workplace and in this subject. This curriculum will include communication skills, critical thinking, teamwork, time management, self-management, interpersonal skills, problem solving and conflict resolution.

Once your application for an internship has been approved and a host employer for you has been found, we recommend you immediately access the subject outline. That outline will clearly state the learning outcomes for this internship and an overview of the assessment requirements. One week prior to the start of the trimester, you will also have access to the comprehensive assessment briefs, which will detail what (and when) you’re expected to submit your assignments online. It’s important you ask your lecturer for clarification if any of those documents seem unclear.

Grace Lopez

My Academic Internship was rewarding because it provided me with the opportunity to directly apply the knowledge I acquired through my MBA, like negotiating skills and how to manage conflict. Thanks to the breadth of knowledge available through my internship start-up company, I also learnt how to become a reputable manager and take on leadership roles. Since recently graduating, I have progressed to a paid full-time position and I am in charge of daily stand-ups, analysing reports and meet with customers to better understand their product requirements.


Grace Lopez / Mexican / Master of Business Administration 

Product Manager at InDebted

Ada Batsaki

Careers Central helped me find two Academic Internships while I was studying and I am now working in a Senior Accounting position with one of these firms! Both my Academic Internships gave me the experience to know how to prepare Tax Returns, liaise with clients on tax matters and gave me the opportunity to develop relationships with the Australian Tax Office (ATO). I love working in a wider team and interacting with people, so being client-focused suits me well.


Ada Batsaki / Greek / Bachelor of Business (Accounting) 

Tax Accountant at Bongiorno & Partners 

Jessica Nguyen


 I’m so delighted that I secured a permanent paid position after my Academic Internship that was organised by KBS through Careers Central. My new role focuses on attracting potential customers, retaining existing loyalty guests and improving the customer service of the hotel. The support I’ve received to grow professionally has been invaluable, and I’m particularly grateful to have strengthened my communication skills and ability to problem solve.


Jessica Nguyen / Vietnamese / Bachelor of Business (Hospitality & Tourism Management) 

Guest Service Agent at Mantra Hotels  


My Academic Internship at Australian Odyssey involved assisting with market research on immigration trends, developing strategies on new market entry and providing administrative support to the team. Despite this being my first industry experience, strong mentorship from my Consultancy Manager and ongoing feedback from my wider team allowed me to take ownership of and to excel in my work. Since then I’ve been able to broaden my professional network, especially now that I am a Student Ambassador for CPA Australia. 


Diana Tantaeva / Uzbekistani  / Bachelor of Business (Accounting) 

Sales & Marketing Intern at Australian Odyssey


The support I have received from Careers Central at KBS has allowed me to build my networks, enhance my resume and grasp new employment opportunities. During my Academic Internship I attended workshops and seminars where I was exposed to topics like innovation, finance technology and venture capital. Now, in my current position, I participate in strategy sessions and meet with corporate partners to better understand how our company can enhance their products and gain wider market exposure. As an international student, I bring an extra layer of knowledge having lived in different cultures and I thrive working alongside leadership teams.


Felipe Rios Ribeiro / Brazilian / Master of Accounting 

Program Coordinator at Stone and Chalk