Work Integrated Learning

The Sia Furler Institute for Contemporary Music and Media seeks to provide students with valuable real-world experience through internships and work-integrated learning.

SFI helps students analyse their own strengths and set goals for their development, making them prepared for entry into the workforce by integrating the work into the academic process. This preparation extends to assistance in placing students in internships or work opportunities outside the university. The University’s goal is to provide a 21st Century education for a growing community of learners — an education that readies them for the application of their particular field of study to global opportunities. 

Students have information available at their fingertips. What is missing from this access is development of soft skills and attributes needed for the workforce of the future; this is a gap that SFI’s work-integrated learning helps to fill. Some of the attributes fostered through the internship experience include adaptability, resilience, problem solving and teamwork. In other words, if you can Google it, we don’t teach it.

Internships with Creative Revolutionaries provide real-world experience connecting students with local and international leaders in creativity. Students are able to apply their skills in a vocational context, leveraging social media, marketing, public relations, live event production and audio/visual production.

The Fringe Internships allow students to work in teams guided by the SFI, which will help develop their employability skills of leadership and teamwork, creativity, adaptability and resilience. Projects will be run on co-design principles to encourage collaboration and accountability for task completion. The Music for 18 Musicians premiere was an example of this internship. 

Projects include:

  1. creating an Open Source Interactive map of Adelaide describing venues including accessibility, hours of operation etc.
  2. Art and Well-being for audience, participants including social and economic impact.
  3. Interactive historical digital archive of the Fringe Festival.