Open up an opportunity that connects industry and research to create a catalyst for innovation and advancement in STEM.

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

APR.Intern is the industry arm of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, a collaborative enterprise of Australia’s mathematical sciences.

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.


Currently only 43% of Australia’s STEM PhDs enter Industry.

As Australia’s only national postgraduate internship program and modelled on Canada’s globally respected MITACS program, we have been identified as playing a critical role in accelerating STEM innovation and strengthening essential academic-industry collaboration.

Recent findings from the ACOLA Review of Research Training and the Commonwealth Government’s Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements, emphasise the critical role of such programs in accelerating the placements of skilled PhDs at the frontline of our most pressing industry challenges.

“The role played by intermediaries, such as APR.Intern (AMSI Intern), in matching research candidates with industry partners should not be underestimated.”


(2016) Review of Australia’s Research Training System. Report for the Australian Council of Learned Academies,

“Incorporation of business placements in PhD training can help students understand the value of business relevant research as well as building skills for future employment in business settings. Work integrated learning already has a growing focus in undergraduate training.” 


Report of the Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements 2015

16 percent of the STEM workforce are female


Flexibility, Support & Childcare
Maintaining funding streams & remaining competitive for leadership roles

Confidence – Self Perception
Over 46%* of females revealed doubts about ability to study or work in STEM
*Tabcorp’s Advancing the STEM Conversation Survey June 2017

Gender Bias
STEM perceived as male-dominated field

Lack Of Support & Role Models
Visible female role models help women see themselves in these roles

Pathways Knowledge & Employability
PhDs lack understanding of opportunities and soft-skills

Lead National Conversation
Strengthen participation of women in STEM

Focus On Women In Stem PhD Internships
Place STEM women at the frontline of industry

Flexible Conditions
Explore tailored project arrangements

Guidance & support through academic mentor and APR.Intern


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.