This paper outlines the development of a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program for introduction into courses run by the Division of Environmental and Life Sciences (ELS) at Macquarie University. It explores the conceptual learning framework that underpins the approach, and supports such a learning environment. It reviews best practise models from across the world to initiate the development of a program with real stakeholder ownership and a structured curriculum framework that defines the expected learning outcomes for all students. The elements common to successful WIL programs are noted. Potential strategies addressing learning and managerial issues associated with WIL placements detail the way forward for the Division of ELS and possibly the wider university.