About APR.Intern

Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern (formerly known as AMSI Intern) is Australia’s only all sector—all discipline postgraduate internship program, transforming Australian businesses through university research collaborations.

Working at the nexus between industry and academia, APR.Intern is a not-for-profit program open to all universities and industry sectors, including small-to-medium and large enterprise as well as government agencies. APR.Intern provides a platform for industry to further develop and innovate through short-term 3-5 month tightly focused research projects, and gives postgraduate students the opportunity to apply highly analytical research expertise to the project while gaining invaluable experience in an industry setting.

New Australian Government Partnership
Over the next four years, APR.Intern will undergo a national expansion placing 1,400 new research internships into industry from 2017 to 2020. A new Australian Government rebate of 50% on the cost of a typical 5 month PhD internship of $26k, is now available to all small-to-medium and large enterprise, as well as government agencies, exclusively through the APR.Intern program.

These internships are supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, through the ‘Supporting more women in STEM careers: Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) – National Research Internship Program’.

Recent Name Change and Rebrand
APR.Intern was formerly known as AMSI Intern, the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s (AMSI) intern program. The new name, APR.Intern, and rebrand, now reflects the truly broad national scope of the program: all sectors, all states, all disciplines.

Since 2010 the program has successfully placed postgraduate students from all disciplines to better service our industry partners as well as our member universities across Australia.

This new look APR.Intern program will continue to be delivered by AMSI and will continue to place postgraduate students from all disciplines and all industry sectors, and now in all states (including major cities, as well as regional and rural areas).


What is AMSI?

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) is the collaborative enterprise of Australia’s mathematical sciences. It exists to give independence to the discipline and provide infrastructure so that initiatives can be taken to the national and international stage. These measures fall largely into three classes – research and higher education, school education and engagement with the industrial and commercial world.

AMSI has built a record of achievement in these areas and is recognised by Government and industry as a leading provider of services, activities and strategic initiatives.

The common aim AMSI shares with its partners is the radical improvement of mathematical capacity and facility in the Australian community.

You can read AMSI’s mission statement here.

A short history of APR.Intern

AMSI’s internship program was established in 2007 as part of a $2 million Collaborative and Structural Reform (CASR) grant through the State Government of Victoria. At this time, the program focused solely on postgraduate students within the mathematical sciences discipline.

In 2010, the internship program expanded through a three-year, $1.7 million partnership with Enterprise Connect, which was an initiative of the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. This partnership allowed for the placement of PhD interns within small-to-medium enterprises over three years and opened up the program to cover all disciplines.

APR.Intern finalised negotiations in 2015 on a three-year strategic partnership between eight AMSI member universities to expand the program in Victoria and New South Wales, increasing resources to develop a wider range of industry connections for the benefit of their postgraduate students.

From 2017, with the support of the Australian Government, the APR.Intern program will deliver 1,400 PhD student internships into industry over 4 years through the ‘Supporting more women in STEM careers: Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) – National Research Internships Program’. More information can be found here.

Why place students outside mathematics and statistics?

Whilst the program’s roots are in the mathematical sciences, APR.Intern today continues from its 2010 partnership with Enterprise Connect to cover all disciplines.

This strategy builds the scale of APR.Intern to better service our industry partners as well as our member universities, and provides a greater number of opportunities for a more diverse range of postgraduate students at our member institutions to develop their work-readiness. With greater scale, the program is better positioned to seek opportunities for students in the mathematical sciences discipline.