Applicants should be aware that they are applying for the program, not a specific placement. ACICIS cannot guarantee any specific placement. Applicants must accept a need for flexibility as a condition of participation in an ACICIS Professional Practicum.
All placements depend on the goodwill, preparedness and capacity of ACICIS host organisations. The exact composition of participating host organisations changes every practicum intake, and participating hosts retain the right to withdraw from the program or vary the number of participants they host at any stage. Moreover, some host organisations impose additional eligibility criteria. For instance, some host organisations may only accept final year or Masters students or require that participants are enrolled at a university in a particular Australian State or Territory.
While many applicants hope to be placed at one of the ‘big name’ host organisations, it’s important to remember that there are no ‘premium’ or ‘second rate’ placements. All placements are set up to offer a variety of experiences and opportunities, and the vast majority of past participants have had a positive placement experience.