Year 10 Work Experience

Want to know what it would be like to be a scientist? During the Faculty of Science Year 10 Work Experience Program, you will participate in workshops and activities in a STEM discipline of your choice. You will meet new friends and scientific role models, as well as get a taste of university life. Places are limited.

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the University has adopted a series of changes to reduce the risk of infection in the community. We continue to follow expert government and health advice, and prioritise the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors.

2023 Dates

Monday 19 June - Friday 23 June 2023

Program Structure

The University of Melbourne Year 10 Work Experience Program provides students with a sample of activities that are part of a career in STEM including conducting experiments, attending seminars, collaborating with others on research projects and presenting their own findings.

Participants discover what it is like to be a scientist, meet like-minded friends and scientific role models, and also get a taste of university life.

The program is divided into a number of science discipline streams. Students must nominate their top three preferences as part of the application process. During the week, students will be hosted by academics working in their chosen discipline, and also spend some time interacting with students from other groups.

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Year 10 Earth Sciences Work Experience students

Program Streams

  • BioSciences

    Research in the School of BioSciences is diverse and exciting. We use fundamental principles in ecology, evolution and genetics to understand how life on earth works, and to solve some of the most complex challenges humanity is facing. There is a broad range of techniques and questions that you’ll be able to learn about, such as how we can use evolution to control of invasive species, how ecology can be used by fisheries, the development of bioinspired materials to improve technologies and how animals can rapidly adapt to climate change. During your visit you will be able to interact with top researchers in these fields and be part of the process of doing science!

  • Chemistry

    Chemistry is the study of matter – the structure, properties and behaviour of everything that takes up space in the universe! If you choose this group, you could be working in a lab that investigates the role of trace nutrients in biological systems, synthesises nanomaterials for molecular sensing, solves challenging problems in agriculture, develops advanced materials for solar energy conversion, or explores the chemistry behind new drugs and chemical biology! Let us know which one you would be most interested in, and why!

  • Ecosystem, Forestry, Agriculture and Food Sciences

    This work experience opportunity covers an exciting mix of research into how organisms and ecosystems function in urban and regional settings, and how insight into indigenous agriculture methods and crops can help stave off the global food crisis. During the program, you will also visit the University of Melbourne Burnley Campus - where researchers help green our city’s landscapes to transform urban environments of the future. If you are keen on the environment, agriculture, and learning how research is making a difference to the ecosystems around us, then this could be the experience for you!

  • Engineering

    How did humans build sustainable and innovative communities that spread worldwide? Engineering includes the study of the natural environment, transport, machines, buildings, and even humans. It strives to improve the structures that society is established on in ways that benefit both humans and the planet.

  • Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

    People, Rocks, Fossils, Landscapes, Climate and Weather! We study Earth’s physical and chemical properties, fossils and the origins and history of life, the environmental and human effects of natural disasters, the distributions of minerals and resources needed to sustain our future planet, the dynamism of Indigenous cultures and landscapes, the drivers and trajectories of climate change, and the dynamics of human behaviour. This program will cover diverse topics, from earthquakes and volcanoes, to climate change, to engineering geology, to the diversity of human behaviours and cultures!

  • Information Technology (IT)

    IT is a rapidly moving field that explores the way we manage and store data. The flow of information across the world has become crucial for businesses, governments, and individuals. It is expanding human society to an entirely different platform, as more of our world goes online.

  • Mathematics and Statistics

    Originally, mathematicians engaged in pure mathematics – mathematics for its own sake, without having any application in mind. Today, however, almost all practical applications begin with mathematical foundations. Regarded as the root of all sciences, mathematics and statistics is essential to industry and research across many sectors such as healthcare, education, finance, energy, and supply chain. Mathematics and statistics also underpin the growing field of data science; they form the foundations for areas such as modelling, big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. We need mathematicians and statisticians, now more than ever, to tackle serious problems faced around the globe, concerning all facets of life at the microscale (e.g. bioinformatics) and macroscale (e.g. climate change).

  • Physics

    Physics involves the study of everything in physical existence, from the smallest subatomic particles to the entire universe. If you choose to do work experience in Physics, you could work alongside astrophysicists investigating dark matter and new galaxies, or work in a lab developing methods to enable nanoscale imaging of biology and analysis of the inner composition of an atom.

  • Science Gallery

    Science Gallery Melbourne is a new space where science, art and technology collide, and young people are able to explore ideas and issues important to them. Part gallery, part museum and part experiment, Science Gallery exhibitions are developed with and for young people. Exhibition themes cut across STEM disciplines, and range from mental wellbeing, to swarming robotics, to dark matter. During your work experience, you will work with curators, learning programmers, exhibition designers and builders, and our in-house science communicators, Mediators, to gain insight into a variety of careers and learn how this transdisciplinary team works together to co-create future-focused exhibitions. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun!

How to apply

Applications NOW OPEN. Apply via this form.

Applications close Sunday 26 February.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome before the end of term 1.

For other enquiries please send an email to science-workexperience@unimelb.edu.au.

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