Sciences internships – information for industry

Industry partners, businesses, not-for-profit organisations and government bodies are invited to host our students for short-term placements, internships and projects.

This opportunity provides our students with industry insight and an opportunity to develop real-world professional skills.


Sciences internships

Why host a science student?

Key benefits to you include:

  • Identify and assess future talent by accessing some of the best and brightest young minds in Adelaide.
  • Build networks with future graduates, research and academic staff.
  • Utilise the students’ fresh ideas and enthusiasm.
  • Gain assistance in busy periods and with large projects.
  • Build the mentoring and supervisory skills of your own staff.

Register to host an intern

  • What to expect

    An internship is more than ‘work experience’ for the student. It is professional and personal development designed to enhance the student’s academic studies and employability. 

    • A science student or group of students will attend your workplace for approximately 20 days (between 120-140 hours, which is equivalent to about two days per week over a university semester).
    • You will have the opportunity to negotiate the exact days and times with your student/s.
    • Students should be supervised and mentored by an appropriate supervisor, who is regularly available to provide guidance and feedback on the learning objectives agreed to at the beginning of the internship.
    • The student/s undertakes a workload of relevant and meaningful tasks for the full period - ideally equivalent to a graduate level position.
    • The organisation provides facilities appropriate to the role, such as desk, computer etc. 
    • The supervisor completes a final report on the student’s performance.
    • Internships can be paid or unpaid.
    • Students are covered by University insurance in most cases, however we do require our hosts to also have public liability insurance of at least $10M.
  • What type of science student do I need?

    We support industry and community partners working with students at all levels of study. We offer opportunities to host undergraduate and postgraduate students, or partner with our highly talented research students.

    We don’t expect you to know what type of student you need. Some of our students studying a particular subject have specific interests in using their skills and knowledge to solve scientific problems in another discipline.

    Let us help you find a student whose interests align with your organisation and its goals. Register your interest in hosting a student and we will chat further to determine what will be the best fit for you.

    Study areas

    *These study areas have compulsory industry placements. For other degrees, an internship is optional, but strongly encouraged to our students.

    Agriculture, food and wine
    • Agricultural sciences*
    • Applied data analytics - Agriculture
    • Food and nutrition science*
    • Plant biology
    • Soil science
    • Viticulture and oenology*
    Animal and veterinary sciences
    • Animal behaviour*
    • Animal science*
    • Marine biology
    • Wildlife conservation
    • Veterinary bioscience/medicine*
    • Veterinary technology*
    Biology, biomedical science and biotechnology
    • Applied data analytics - Bioinformatics
    • Biochemistry
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biomedical science
    • Biotechnology
    • Genetics
    • Microbiology and immunology
    Chemistry, physics and space science
    • Chemistry
    • Applied data analytics - Physics
    • High-performance computational physics
    • Medical radiation physics
    • Physics - theoretical, experimental, high-energy, atmospheric etc
    • Space science and astrophysics
    Earth sciences
    • Applied data analytics - Geosciences
    • Ecotourism
    • Environmental geoscience
    • Geology
    • Geophysics 
    • Mineral geoscience
    • Palaeontology and geology
    Environmental science
    • Applied data analytics - Environment
    • Ecology
    • Ecology, spatial science, remote sensing
    • Ecotourism
    • Evolutionary biology
    • Marine biology
    • Palaeontology and evolution
    • Soil science
    • Wildlife conservation biology
    Professional areas
    • Science communication
    • Science education
    • Science policy