Science and Technology Internship Subject (Masters)

About the subject

Undertaking the Science and Technology Internship subject involves gaining real experience working in a science or technology-related workplace for 80-100 hours.

You will be responsible for identifying a suitable work placement prior to the semester, with support of the Subject Coordinator. Placements can be taken within Australia or overseas. On completion of the subject, you will have completed and reported on a course-related project in a science or technology workplace, learned about the nature of careers in science, and reflected on your own skills, personal development needs and potential career pathways.

What are the benefits?

Many! Students comment that they are able to:

  • Identify and articulate their knowledge and skills and apply them to relevant contexts and work-settings;
  • Produce original work in an appropriate format which demonstrates analytical, research and problem-solving skills;
  • Understand the value of industry and professional networks and their importance to lifelong learning and career progression;
  • Greater confidence in their ability to contribute to a science-related workplace, awareness of the strengths they offer to a future employer as well as areas to further develop beyond their degree.

Interested in the subject?

It is important to start researching and planning early. We recommended you start this process a semester in advance. Here are some steps to guide you through this process:

  • 1. Get informed
  • 2. Register your interest in the subject

    Submit an Expression of Interest Form.
    This will provide us with your contact details and area of interest so that we can send you important updates, information about upcoming workshops and to notify you of any internship opportunities when employers reach out to us.

  • 3. Find placement opportunities

    Sourcing a placement can be a new challenge that takes time, but the experience will teach you many skills about how to search for and apply for work. Consider placement opportunities in fields you might be interested in for your career - it's a great chance to gain experience in a field you may wish to work in one day! There are a number of resources available to you to assist with this process:

    Don’t focus your search just on big organisations that you are already familiar with, try the smaller ones too. Ask your fellow students, academics, supervisors, family and friends if they know of any places you could contact within their networks.

  • 4. Prepare your resume and cover letter

    When you apply for an internship placement it is common practice to supply your cover letter and resume. Before you start applying for placements, it’s helpful to have these documents ready.

    Prepare your cover letter and resume using these resources:

    Utilise the Careers Centre resources to improve your documents before sending them to organisations.

  • 5. Apply for placements

    Once you have found organisations that interest you and have your documents ready, it’s time to approach people to ask them host you for a placement:

    Once you have made contact with an organisation or company, you should send them the document called Information for Hosts which will let them know of their responsibilities as a host. If they have any queries that you cannot find an answer to, there are contact details of University staff in the Hosts document who will be able to assist with their questions.

  • 6. Found a placement?

    Once you have secured your placement and have confirmation from your host, you can complete the online application form for the subject. You will need to get the host to send you a letter or email of confirmation you can then upload to the application form.

    Applications are now open for Semester 2, 2017.  Due date for Semester 2 applications is Monday 3 July. Please note these dates will not be extended.

    Apply now (Placements in Australia)

    Apply now (Placements overseas)

  • 7. Enrol in the subject

    After your application has been submitted, please wait until we contact you regarding approval for the subject. It may take a while for the legal documentation to be completed. If you have not heard from anyone for a few weeks, please send a brief email to science-academicprograms@unimelb.edu.au and we will follow this up for you.

    You will not be able to enrol in SCIE90017 until all of the approvals have been received and a requisite waiver has been applied for the subject. We will send you an email once this has been done and you are able to enrol. Please note you will need to complete online pre-placement modules before you are able to begin your placement.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Need support?

Send an email to science-academicprograms@uniemlb.edu.au if you need some clarity on the process