Internships and Industry Projects

Internships, work placements and industry projects provide students with the opportunity to integrate the academic knowledge and skills they have developed in their course with genuine workplace experience.

Internships give students a real-world experience of the kinds of careers they are contemplating and encourage them to think laterally about career options for science graduates. In addition to developing employability skills and attributes, students improve their knowledge of how science and technology is applied in different organisations, experience a workplace culture first-hand and explore potential career pathways. Internship subjects provide an opportunity to excite the next generation in a wide range of professional areas. Placements vary in length and can be undertaken locally or internationally. Opportunities are available across all science and technology horticulture, forestry and environments disciplines.

The University's Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance covers liability for the University and any of its students in relation to internships, work placements and industry projects. Host organisations will be asked to sign the University's standard Professional Placement Letter Agreement.  This outlines the terms and conditions, managing confidentiality and the assigning of IP.

If you would like to host a student in your organisation or wish to discuss a potential student industry project partnership please contact Fiona Simpson, Careers and Industry Consultant, fiona.simpson@unimelb.edu.au or call +61 3 9035 9522.

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Biotechnology Industry Projects

The Master of Biotechnology combines specialised scientific studies with professional training in business, communications and management. The Industry Project puts small teams of final year Master of Biotechnology students to work for the host partner. Partners define a project of value to the organisation and provide a brief, with all work carried out and supervised by leading academic staff at the University, at no cost to the partner organisation. The Industry Project is open to companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, agricultural and related industries.

Past projects include: market research; competitor analysis and intelligence; client surveys; Intellectual Property (IP) analysis and landscaping; business and product planning; and identifying partnership opportunities.

Benefits to your organisation:

* Access students with the latest knowledge in their field.

* Gain valuable IP and business intelligence.

* Meet and ‘road-test’ potential future employees.

* Develop connections with the Faculty of Science.

* No financial cost.

The University's Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance covers liability for the University and any of its students in relation to industry projects. Host organisations will be asked to sign the University's standard Professional Placement Letter Agreement.  This outlines the terms and conditions, managing confidentiality and the assigning of IP. We recognise the sensitive nature of these projects and can provide a sample agreement to you on request. Please note that the final report and all associated IP belongs to your organisation.

If you would like to discuss a potential student biotechnology industry project partnership please contact Fiona Simpson, Careers and Industry Consultant, fiona.simpson@unimelb.edu.au or call +61 3 9035 9522.

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2017 Biotechnology Industry Project partners

2016 Biotechnology Industry Project partners