Internships and Industry Placements

All of our agriculture, food and wine degrees include internships and work placements so you can build first-hand experience in a range of industry settings.

Become one of our job-ready graduates. You will become confident in how your academic knowledge may be applied in a practical context.

Agriculture is an incredibly broad and diverse sector which offers multiple career opportunities and good job prospects for passionate young people. Interests as wide ranging as primary production, food and nutrition, biology, the environment, rural banking, plant science, wine, communications, consumer and sensory research, supply chain logistics, government policy, global economics and many more are covered by agriculture. Student internships may cover any related areas.


Degrees with internships and placements

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Students are required to complete at least 450 hours of internship experience across the duration of their Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences. Students must have at least two different experiences for a minimum of 3 weeks in any particular area. 

Areas of work experience can include: agribusiness, agricultural research, agricultural production (including farm experience) and related industries such as rural communication, food processing, veterinary, livestock, wildlife and natural resource management. 

We want to be as flexible as possible in the delivery of this program to fit in with the needs of both the employers and interns. So it is possible to take internships either as block periods during non-teaching periods; or day-a-week during semester fitting in around scheduled courses; or as weekend work.

Whether the internships are paid or unpaid will be an arrangement between the employer and the student.   We encourage companies to undertake a formal interview with potential interns as a normal part of the process, but this is not essential. If the internship is an unpaid placement the students are covered by the university’s ‘Student Work Experience or Community Placement’ insurance policy.  If it is a paid placement, then the student will be covered by the employer’s policy.

These internships are an important link in the transition between a student’s formal education and being prepared to work in a professional capacity. We are inviting employers to participate in this program by accepting to be placed on a registry of potential intern placements.Professor Amanda Able | Professor of Plant Science

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The Bachelor of Applied Biology offers a unique and highly beneficial course structure in which students undertake two industry based placements during third year. One of these is a research-based position, while the other focuses on professional skills development.

The first Semester sees students assist with research in one of Waite Campus’ many facilities. Guided by an experienced senior in a given laboratory, students are encouraged to self-direct and challenge themselves in the workplace. This fosters independence and helps in the transition from university study to a professional career. The Semester’s worth of research is then presented at the end in a scientific report.

The second Semester then places students in a non-research based position at Waite Campus. Designed to present options to those potentially not interested in a laboratory based career, placements can include Science Communication, Outreach, Marketing, Media and Engagement. Students are marked on participation and the construction of research articles written for the general public.

Our Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science program gives you 120 hours of practical industry experience. We provide you with an opportunity to put into practice some of the skills and knowledge gained throughout your degree

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The practical experience and industry tours within my degree helped prepare me for my General Manager role at Mexex. Ethan Tan - Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science

You can choose between industry and research placement options in food science or nutrition and health organisations.

Placement locations

Example host organisations include:

  • SARDI
  • OzHarvest
  • Foodbank SA 
  • Sundrop Farms, Port Augusta
  • Vilis Bakery
  • Gelista
  • Spring Gully Foods
  • Diabetes SA
  • Cancer SA
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Wellness Centre, Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • OPAL
  • Mexex
  • Almondco

Career workshops

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We also boost your career readiness through workshops run by the University of Adelaide Career Services. Industry tours and guest speakers and an annual career evening are also integrated into the program.

Following a successful 2018 event, a Career Information Evening for Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science students is planned for September 2019.

The evening will include presentations from food and nutrition Science graduates showcasing different career outcomes, talks from industry representatives, and networking opportunities.

Our viticulture and oenology program provides you with industry experience during your third year of studies.

You will have the opportunity to experience, observe and acquire an understanding of the major unit processes involved in winemaking and viticulture. 

Completed during vintage, you will gain firsthand experience into the production environments of the wine industry. The course will enable you to gain a working understanding of a winery and vineyard and their management systems and structures.

  • Winery focused experience: grape receival and weighbridge; grape and juice processing; fermentation and post fermentation operations, cellar management and quality control procedures. 
  • Vineyard focused experience: soil, irrigation, pests & diseases, canopy management, pruning, harvest and vine monitoring.

Industry scholarships

Each year within the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine several scholarships provide vintage experiences at top wineries.

These scholarships are sponsored by industry groups and provide financial support and placement positions for the coming vintage.

Motivated and outstanding Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology students are awarded the scholarships based on both academic merit and also performance in an interview.


wine scholarship winners
Being awarded a winemaking scholarship in a region that I’m passionate about is an exciting way to start my career as a winemaker.Imogen McNamara