Student internships

Give talented students the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in your organisation.

If you have a science or technology-related function in your organisation, consider offering an internship opportunity for an enthusiastic University of Melbourne student. All organisations, including government, NGOs and private enterprises, can participate as host organisations.

Through the internship program, organisations can access students from all science and technology disciplines at the University of Melbourne. High-calibre interns are available from both undergraduate and graduate courses.

Our intern was able to gain practical experience in the field of food science and technology and apply the theoretical knowledge acquired in university coursework to real-world scenarios. The contributions to the company’s quality assurance department is commendable, and I would like to thank the University of Melbourne for providing us with the opportunity to host this internship. Priya Muthumuni, Aquaworks Pty Ltd
Student Working with Petri Dish

What are the benefits to your organisation?

  • Access motivated students with the latest knowledge in their field
  • Gain a fresh perspective
  • Meet and ‘road-test’ potential future employees
  • Develop connections with the Faculty of Science
  • Excite the next generation of science and technology workers
  • Promote your organisation as an employer of choice among our students

How does it work?

Internships at a glance

Internship typeInternship durationRemuneration
Bachelor of Science students (second or third-year)
Bachelor of Agriculture students (second or third-year)
80–100 hours Unpaid
Masters students (various courses) 80–100 hours Unpaid
Masters students (environment, agriculture and conservation streams) 200 hours Unpaid

Key dates

  • Summer 2024
    4 September 2023 Organisations can start recruiting students
    3 November 2023 Last day for hosts to advertise roles
    17  November 2023Confirm successful students by
    1 December 2023Last day for successful students to apply for internship credit
    20 November 2023 Earliest internship commencement date
    8 January 2024Latest internship commencement date
    23 February  2024Latest internship conclusion date
  • Semester 1 2024
    2 October 2023 Organisations can start recruiting students
    26 January 2024 Last day for hosts to advertise roles
    9 February 2024Confirm successful students by
    23 February 2024Last day for successful students to apply for internship credit
    8 January 2024 Earliest internship commencement date
    11 March 2024Latest internship commencement date
    17 May  2024Latest internship conclusion date

What can interns do?

The nature of the work can vary greatly, depending on the organisation and the intern. It can be a mixture of many tasks and activities such as:

  • Field or lab work
  • Data analysis
  • Marketing or communications activities
  • Literature searches
  • Shadowing employees
  • Administrative work
  • Business as usual or project work.

What does the host organisation provide?

The host organisation must provide:

  • A meaningful experience
  • A safe working environment
  • Experienced staff to induct, supervise and mentor the intern
  • A brief student evaluation at the conclusion of the internship.

Each host organisation can administer its own selection process, and can negotiate work hours with the student. Placements can be in a block or over a longer period of time.

For PhD interns, the host organisation provides a stipend of $3000 per month. Other undergraduate and graduate interns do not need to be paid.

Insurance and agreements

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 Letter Agreement.  This outlines the terms and conditions, managing confidentiality and the assigning of IP.

Recent internship partners

  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • The Peter Doherty Institute  for Infection and Immunity
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • WEHI
  • Bega Cheese
  • Coles
  • Florey
  • Melbourne Museum
Science Internship Students

Getting started

Do you have an internship opportunity that you would like us to promote to relevant students? Submit your position description to us or email the team to discuss the possibilities.

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