Sciences internships – information for students
SCI2700 / SCI3700
Build your employability skills, professional connections and career-readiness – complete a sciences internship!
The Faculty of Sciences offers undergraduate students studying science an opportunity to do a professional internship for credit.
You will spend about 20 days at a host organisation, immersed in opportunities to use your analytical, problem solving, collaboration and time management skills as well as develop your interpersonal skills and build your networks.
Internships are usually based with industry partners, businesses, not-for-profit organisations and government bodies. The opportunities are not typically lab based.
Postgraduate and research students
Short-term placements, internships and projects are also available to postgraduate and research students. These are structured differently to the SCI2700 and SCI3700 courses, so please email email@example.com to register your interest. Research students are also encouraged to consult with their supervisor.
Key benefits to you
- Gain a competitive edge in the job market by acquiring some work experience
- Build your confidence when the time comes to apply for future job opportunities
- Build industry specific and professional networks
- Gain an increased awareness of your skills, attributes, personal qualities and values
- Develop a personal work ethic and specific skills and knowledge related to your potential career
- Enhance your resume
What to expect
- You will be enrolled in a Science Internship Course (SCI 2700 or SCI 3700) by the Faculty of Sciences.
- You will attend the host organisation's workplace for approximately 20 days (between 120-140 hours, which is equivalent to about two days per week over a semester).
- Internships may occur during or outside of normal semesters.
- You will have the opportunity to negotiate the exact days and times with your host organisation.
- You will attend an employability workshop on campus at the start of the semester and a post-internship workshop on campus at the end of the semester.
- A fortnightly diary and final report are assessed and graded for this course.
- Your course coordinator will be Dr Stephen Kidd.
- To be eligible for a science internship you must meet the following conditions:
- Be a current undergraduate student studying a science degree.
- Have completed 36 units of study by the start of the internship.
- Have a GPA of 4.2 or above (exceptions apply).
- Have attended a resume writing workshop or completed the online module and have an updated, polished resume.
- Have a 3-unit elective available in your program.
- Be available and committed to attend your internship for its duration.
Note: The sciences internship is different to the structured industry placements which form part of our agriculture, food and nutrition science, veterinary bioscience/medicine, veterinary technology and viticulture and oenology programs.
How to apply
- Submit an Expression of Interest as your application for an internship. Note this form is restricted to students in the Faculty of Sciences.
- We will check that you meet the minimum selection criteria.
- You'll receive an email from the Internships Team when we match you to a potential internship opportunity.
- Attend an interview with an internship host organisation. This may be face-to-face or via phone/skype.
- Once the internship is formalised, the Faculty of Sciences will enrol you in either SCI2700 or SCI3700.
Places in this internship program are limited and will be allocated through a competitive selection process. Completing an expression of interest does not guarantee you an internship.
Finding your own internship
You may source your own internship opportunity through your own networks. The University will first need to review the host organisation and the internship role to ensure it meets the requirements for the Science Internship course.
If you have identified an internship opportunity, email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss if you are able to undertake it for credit.
Preparing for an internship
- Update your resume / CV
- You should consider an internship as your first professional role. Like any professional job, you'll need to have an updated and polished resume, as this will be the first contact a potential internship host organisation will have with you.
- Attend a Careers Service Resume Writing Workshop
- Refresh your interviewing skills
- You will likely have an interview with a potential host organisation to secure an internship. This may happen face-to-face, via phone or online. Host organisations will often interview 2-3 students and select one for the internship.
- Attend a Careers Service Interview Skills Workshop
- Update your resume / CV
Watch the video
Missed the internships presentation on campus? Catch up with the recording of the information session below.
Whether you're still at high school or planning to join us mid-year, taking a break from study or rethinking your career path, come chat with us at our STEM Careers Night.
You and your parents are invited to join us on campus on Tuesday 12 May to see what’s available in the world of STEM.