Self-sourced placements can take some time to coordinate ahead of official commencement. It is important to plan ahead, as we may require notice of around 2 months to ensure all administrative requirements are fulfilled. You should start preparing as early as possible, and at least 3 months prior to your thesis review milestone. 

You can self-source a placement opportunity and work with us to ensure it meets with UQ Graduate School placement guidelines. 

Attend an information session.

Speak with your Advisor

Discuss the placement concept with your Principal Advisor, who will need to endorse their support of your participation. If they are supportive they may be able to make some introductions to organisations on your behalf. Make sure you talk to the Graduate School to ensure you understand the process before you or your Advisor approach the organisation.

Make sure your Advisor understands that the purpose of Graduate School placements is to develop your transferable skills, and it does not have to be directly related to your thesis topic. We can meet with you and your Advisor together to discuss how a placement could work for you and your situation if it is required. 

You should make sure you and your Advisor discuss how you will comfortably manage the workload of a placement within your candidature.  This may require undertaking the placement part-time, or planning for a point in candidature when you have more time available. Understand that you can take a placement at any time after your confirmation milestone, including after the submission of your thesis, but that you should organise the placement well in advance to ensure it matches with your timing and eligibility.


Identify organisations

Start to create a list of organisations where you think you may wish to undertake a placement. These should be:

  • medium or large, reputable industry organisations,
  • not Academic Institutions,
  • with the potential to offer an in-house immersive experience and adequate supervision while you undertake meaningful work.

Once you have identified a preferred organisation it is recommended that you develop a placement project proposal to bring to discussions with the Graduate School Placement Coordinator. You should also prepare your resume and cover letter for the appointment.