What is involved?

The Academic Mentor’s role is to provide guidance and support to the student undertaking the internship, lending their years of experience and knowledge to help the student tackle the research challenge or problem.

The Academic Mentor along with the student, are directly involved in the project planning stage. This gives all parties the opportunity to ensure realistic objectives and milestones are set.

Depending on the project, the Academic Mentor may directly engage with the industry partner as well as the student to achieve project outcomes, which helps develop and strengthen relationships for future engagement.


The $5,500 payment to the Academic Mentor is paid through the Academic Mentor’s university and counts as research income.


The Australian Research Council (ARC) counts internships through the APR.Intern program as a track record for ARC Linkage Grants.

An internship can also assist in identifying potential ARC Linkage Grant projects after an internship project has concluded.

About Mentoring program

The APR.Intern program assists educational institutions to build new partnerships with industry. Many academics are utilising the APR.Intern program as a platform to engage with industry due to the nature of the program having shorter project timeframes of approximately 3-5 months. This is a reasonable timeframe for both the academic and industry partner to assess opportunities for further collaboration.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is expected of an academic mentor?

AMSI expects academic mentors to oversee the scientific rigour of the research project, ensure the intern is paid their allowance, oversee reporting and actively engage with the industry partner. To foster a relationship with industry partners, Mentors should meet or talk on the phone with their industry partners at least once per month.

What benefits do academic mentors receive?

The academic mentor will receive $5,500 for their support and supervision of an intern. This money will be paid to the university and placed in the mentor’s research account for use to cover placement related expenses; i.e. travel associated with the internship, the purchase of hardware, software, books and journals, or conference attendance. It cannot be paid to the mentor as a salary top-up.

Is any money taken out of the grant for overhead by my university? In other words, do we get the full amount of the internship grant?

The mentor’s university may not take any of the funding from the internship grant for overhead.

I hold an adjunct position at an Australian university. Am I eligible to participate as an academic mentor and receive the internship grant?

Yes, as an Adjunct Fellow you are eligible to participate in the APR.Intern program as an academic mentor and receive the $5,500 for support and supervision.

I am interested in taking part in the APR.Intern program but do not have an industry partner. Can you assist me with finding an industry partner?

Yes we can assist with locating an appropriate organisation if your research interests can be well defined and if you can suggest several prospective partners. This is the most difficult method of securing a partner and can take a considerable amount of time.

Who prepares and submits the proposal, the intern or the mentor?

Project proposals should be developed collaboratively and submitted by the academic mentor.

Is an internship renewable?

While not technically “renewable”, a follow-up proposal can be submitted to further research undertaken in a previous internship. However, this second proposal will be considered using the same procedure as the original internship. Please note that the final report must be submitted for the original internship before the second internship proposal will be reviewed.

Is there a deadline for submitting proposals?

Proposals can be submitted at any time.

Is it possible to extend the internship period beyond the end date stated in the Terms and Conditions agreement?

Internship projects usually have a duration of 3-5 months. The schedule in your Terms and Conditions agreement will state the “End Date” of the project, and the Project Plan will outline the milestones to be achieved during the project which are agreed by all parties.

To obtain an extension, you must contact APR.Intern before the End Date and provide a justification for your request.

I am an academic supervisor with an industry partner, but do not have a student. Can you assist me with finding a student?

If you are an academic supervisor with an industry partner and you would like to proceed with an APR.Intern internship, our Business Development team can work with you to identify an appropriate student from within your university or another Australian university.