Faculty of Science internship subjects

Gain industry experience – and course credit – while developing your technical and professional skills and building your graduate career prospects.

On completion of a Faculty of Science Internship subject, you will have 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.

Why do an internship?

Following completion of an internship, students report that they can:

  • Identify and articulate their technical and professional 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
  • Gain greater confidence in their ability to contribute to a science-related workplace, and an awareness of areas to further develop beyond their degree.
Everything you need to know about internship subjects in the Faculty of Science
During my placement, I learned three different programming languages and familiarised myself with virtualisation, an exciting area in computer science. On top of that, I had the opportunity to submit an invention disclosure for the work that I did, which one day may lead to a patent application! Scott Gigante, Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics and Statistics

Internship subjects

Science & Technology Internship
(Undergraduate)

Subject information

Placement hours: 80–100
Location: Australia or overseas

Internships can take place on a casual, part-time or full-time basis and can be paid or unpaid.

SCIE30002 Handbook

Key dates

  • Semester 2 2021
    DateActivity
    23 July 2021 Deadline to submit subject application form
    28 June 2021 Earliest internship commencement date
    9 August 2021 Latest internship commencement date
    24 October Latest internship conclusion date
  • Summer Term 2022
    DateActivity
    3 December 2021 Deadline to submit subject application form
    22 November 2021 Earliest internship commencement date
    10 January 2022 Latest internship commencement date
    28 February 2022 Latest internship conclusion date
  • Semester 1 2022
    DateActivity
    25 February 2022 Deadline to submit subject application form
    10 January 2022 Earliest internship commencement date
    14 March 2022 Latest internship commencement date
    29 May 2022 Latest internship conclusion date

Applications

Found a suitable placement and received an offer? Submit your subject application

Information for hosts

Science & Technology Internship
(Masters)

Subject information

Placement hours: 80–100
Location: Australia or overseas

Internships can take place on a casual, part-time or full-time basis and can be paid or unpaid.

SCIE90017 Handbook

Key dates

  • Semester 2 2021
    DateActivity
    23 July 2021 Deadline to submit subject application form
    28 June 2021 Earliest internship commencement date
    9 August 2021 Latest internship commencement date
    24 October Latest internship conclusion date
  • Summer Term 2022
    DateActivity
    3 December 2021 Deadline to submit subject application form
    22 November 2021 Earliest internship commencement date
    10 January 2022 Latest internship commencement date
    28 February 2022 Latest internship conclusion date
  • Semester 1 2022
    DateActivity
    25 February 2022 Deadline to submit subject application form
    10 January 2022 Earliest internship commencement date
    14 March 2022 Latest internship commencement date
    29 May 2022 Latest internship conclusion date

Applications

Found a suitable placement and received an offer? Submit your subject application

Information for hosts

Ecosystem Internship
(Masters)

Subject information

Placement hours: 200
Location: Within Australia

SCIE90027 Handbook

Applications

Once you have found a host organisation that you would like to undertake a placement with, please get in contact with the subject coordinator, Dr Antanas Spokevicius, on avjs@unimelb.edu.au. He will need to approve the placement and dates before you submit the subject application form.

Once you've found a suitable placement and received approval from the Subject Coordinator, submit your subject application and send your completed Host Risk Assessment Form to science-industry-internships@unimelb.edu.au

Information for hosts

International Internship in Environment
(Masters)

Subject information

Placement hours: 200
Location: Outside of Australia

GEOG90022 Handbook

Applications

Once you have found a host organisation that you would like to undertake a placement with, please get in contact with the subject coordinator, Prof Rodney Keenan, on rkeenan@unimelb.edu.au. He will need to approve the placement and dates before you submit the subject application form.

Once you've found a suitable placement and received approval from the Subject Coordinator, submit your subject application.

Information for hosts

How do I find an internship?

You will be responsible for sourcing your own internship, either in Australia or abroad. Information and resources to help you source an internship are available on Careers Online – Science students eligible to enrol in a Science Internship subject have automatic access to the Careers Online group.

Science Internships on Careers Online

If you don't have access to this resource, please contact us at science-industry-internships@unimelb.edu.au.

The experience of researching potential host organisations, tailoring my CV, cold-calling for positions and interviewing was invaluable experience that will help me more confidently enter the professional world after graduation. Holly Dillabough, Master of Environment

Frequently asked questions

  • I'm an international student – can I do an internship?

    Most international students will be studying in Australia on a student visa, which means you are not permitted to work for more than 40 hours per fortnight. Internships taken as part of Faculty of Science degrees will be counted towards this 40-hour limit unless the internship is taken outside of Australia. This means that you must count hours completed for an internship as you would for any other job, regardless of whether the internship is paid or unpaid.

    We highly recommend you check the exact conditions of your visa on the Department of Home Affairs website.

    Note: some Masters level courses have a mandatory work experience component and are therefore exempt from the 40-hour limit. To check if this applies to your course, see the University's information on student visas.

  • Can I intern at an organisation that I have already worked or interned for?

    No. Your placement must be a new opportunity that you have sourced specifically for the Internship subject. You cannot continue an existing internship or work in a role you have undertaken previously. Entering an entirely new work environment is an important requirement of this subject.

  • When should I start looking for a placement?

    It is never too early! You will need to have received a placement offer in the semester prior to your intended semester of enrolment for the internship subject, so it is a good idea to start researching potential host organisations early. See the ‘How to find an internship’ video above for guidance.

  • Can I do an internship without undertaking a for-credit subject?

    Yes. However, please note that whilst undertaking a co-curricular internship, you are not covered by the University’s insurance. For this reason, not-for-credit internships typically must be paid. Under this arrangement, you would be a paid employee of the host organisation and covered by their insurance.

  • Can I do a placement outside of my major?

    Yes. Feel free to think broadly and ‘outside of the box’ when exploring internship opportunities. Whilst the assessments for the subject will require you to draw connections between your studies and the work you will undertake during your internship, you are welcome to explore career options outside of your specific discipline areas.

  • I have already started an internship – can I count this towards the internship subject?

    No. If you have already commenced a placement, it will not be eligible for inclusion in the internship subject.

  • Can I undertake an internship that is either partly or entirely online?

    Yes. All internship placements require Subject Coordinator approval to ensure the Learning Objectives are met.  The Objectives are not location-based, which means online/virtual internships can meet the Objectives.