Australian Postgraduate Research Intern (APR.Intern) connects PhD students with industry through short-term internships. These opportunities empower students to thrive in a practical research environment and for businesses to innovate and be future-ready. Our program also links businesses to fresh ideas and provides pathways for universities to expand research collaborations with industry.
APR.Intern is Australia’s only not-for-profit PhD internship program that spans across all sectors, disciplines and universities. We are the industry arm of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and are supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Education.
If you’re a PhD student looking to get your foot in the door, our industry internships offer a new opportunity for research projects within an industry setting and set you up for career success. If you’re a business or industry, we connect you with the best and brightest PhD talent and can help overcome critical business challenges.
Providing hands-on experience in an industry setting, these 3-6 month PhD student internships open up opportunity for:
Bridging the gap between industry and academia, APR.Intern is here to create a level playing field for all PhD students — in particular, women and underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) including regional, Indigenous and disadvantaged students.
Intermediaries like APR.Intern play a critical role to accelerating STEM innovation and strengthening academic-industry collaboration. We streamline the process of matching industry research challenges with suitable PhD students.
Empower future industry leaders to realise their potential with industry internships.
With APR.Intern, you will:
Build a better future today with APR.Intern.
At APR.Intern, we want to create equal opportunities for everyone to enter STEM careers. Our internships are available to both men and women, domestic and international students. Traditionally, there has been lower participation of women in STEM careers and APR.Intern has a special focus on helping change that.
APR.Intern assists women to overcome some of the barriers they face to enter STEM industries.
Some of the challenges include:
How we can overcome them:
An Australian Government 90% rebate is now available to all Australian businesses that place a domestic PhD student – this brings down the cost of a 3-month research project to just $2,000.
These internships are supported by the Australian Government, through its ‘Supporting more women in STEM careers: Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) – National Research Internships Program (NRIP)’.
The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) is an independent Australian collaborative enterprise of mathematical sciences. It provides universities with infrastructure, so that initiatives can be taken to the national and international stage.
It works in three areas: research and higher education, school education, and engagement with the industrial and commercial world.
AMSI’s mission is to champion the mathematical sciences for Australia’s advancement.
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 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.
While the program’s roots are in mathematical sciences, APR.Intern is focused on placing PhD students from STEM disciplines into industry internships with the majority being female STEM students.
Maths and stats skills are required by all types of professionals. As mathematical sciences underpin all science, technology and engineering disciplines, AMSI’s work in APR.Intern helps create an essential pipeline to support industry’s demand for STEM skills. These skills are vital to innovate and remain competitive as part of the global economy.
Placements available under the Australian Government’s National Research Industry Program (NRIP) are limited with a 20% cap on international student internships over the life of the program. High demand and industry interest in these skills mean there can be no more NRIP international placements for the foreseeable future. However, opportunities for international PhD students are still available with APR.Intern, outside of NRIP, and we encourage applications.
As well as the 50% industry rebate, the NRIP grant also covers a range of program operational costs to support national expansion of APR.Intern. Industry who wish to place an international student will be required to make a one-off $5,000 payment to the Government as a refund for the operational funding costs. This brings the overall net cost of a 3-month APR.Intern placement to $25,000 – still an exceptional deal for industry. The net cost is paid to AMSI, who is responsible for its distribution.
We’re here to help you with a simple framework to get your project going.
Our business development advisors are here to guide you through every step, from start to finish
Outline your project brief/needs
We source student and mentor teams from universities across Australia
Interview and select the right candidate for your business
Once you’ve selected an intern and their academic mentor, you’ll define expectations and outcomes.
You’ll work with the intern and academic mentor to refine the project plan
Internship objectives, milestone and details are mapped out
Standard agreements help turnaround time
Once the agreement and project plan are signed off, it is full steam ahead!
The agreed project plan keeps the internship on track
APR.Intern regularly checks in with all parties to ensure everything is progressing smoothly and to help with any issues
Opportunity to review approach and progress, and plan for completion and reflection
Intern presents their results and the project’s impact in a face-to-face presentation and written report
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