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OPEN UP OPPORTUNITY WITH PhD INTERNSHIPS

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.

WHY PhD INTERNSHIPS

Providing hands-on experience in an industry setting, these 3-6 month PhD student internships open up opportunity for:

  • PhD students to research in an industry setting, apply their theory and skills to the workplace, and navigate workplace challenges to fast-track their careers,
  • Academics to collaborate, supervise the research projects and help ensure their students’ success.

 

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.

WHY APR.INTERN?

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:

  • Save time
  • Access specialist PhD students, backed by academic mentor expertise
  • Uncover the best talent in STEM
  • Be part of the solution to the low rate (43%) of Australia STEM PhDs to enter industry

 

Build a better future today with APR.Intern.

16 percent of the STEM workforce are female

EQUAL PARTICIPATION IN STEM

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:

  • Flexibility, support and childcare
  • Confidence/self-perception
  • Gender bias (STEM perceived as male-dominated field)
  • Lack of support and role models

How we can overcome them:

  • Lead national conversation to strengthen participation
  • Place STEM women at the frontline of industry through STEM PhD internships
  • Offer tailored project arrangements/flexible conditions
  • Mentoring, guidance and support through academic mentor and APR.Intern

INDUSTRY COSTS

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)’.

FAQ

What is AMSI?

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.

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 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?

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.

Why are businesses required to refund the Department of Education $5,000 for international PhD student internship placements?



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.

HOW IT WORKS

We’re here to help you with a simple framework to get your project going.

  • APR.Intern

    Our business development advisors are here to guide you through every step, from start to finish

  • Define a Project

    Outline your project brief/needs

  • WE’LL FIND YOUR BEST MATCH

    We source student and mentor teams from universities across Australia

  • SELECT YOUR PHD STUDENT

    Interview and select the right candidate for your business

WE GET EVERYBODY ON THE SAME PAGE FROM THE START

Once you’ve selected an intern and their academic mentor, you’ll define expectations and outcomes.

  • DEVELOP A DETAILED PROJECT PLAN

    You’ll work with the intern and academic mentor to refine the project plan

  • PROJECT PLAN FINALISED

    Internship objectives, milestone and details are mapped out

  • STANDARD AGREEMENT

    Standard agreements help turnaround time

  • Start Project

    Once the agreement and project plan are signed off, it is full steam ahead!

HOW IS THE PROJECT MANAGED?

  • GUIDED BY PROJECT PLAN

    The agreed project plan keeps the internship on track

  • REGULAR CHECK-INS

    APR.Intern regularly checks in with all parties to ensure everything is progressing smoothly and to help with any issues

  • MID-TERM PRESENTATION

    Opportunity to review approach and progress, and plan for completion and reflection

  • FINAL PRESENTATION AND REPORT

    Intern presents their results and the project’s impact in a face-to-face presentation and written report

WHERE TO FROM HERE?

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