APR.Intern is here to help your business grow. We facilitate short-term PhD student placements to connect you with Australia’s brightest emerging research talent and fast-track innovation. Over 3-6 months, fill a skills gap and benefit from postgraduate-level research expertise.
We’re here to provide an easy, cost-effective solution to tackle some of the R&D challenges facing Australian businesses today. PhD student placements bring specialist knowledge from both the research student and their Academic Mentor.
Businesses also have the opportunity to be progressive industry leaders by supporting the future PhD workforce with invaluable, hands-on experience.
We have a growing pool of specialist PhD students from all of Australia’s leading universities.
We are the industry arm of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and supported by the Australian Government through its ‘Supporting more women in STEM careers: Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) – National Research Internships Program (NRIP)’.
APR.Intern project costs start at $20,000 for a 3-month, full-time PhD student placement.
R&D TAX INCENTIVE
Businesses may also receive a residual benefit from their contribution from the Government’s 43.5 per cent Refundable Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive. This is after the application of grant clawback and dependent on the company’s financial position.
The involvement of a PhD intern in your R&D project may strengthen the perceived R&D eligibility of your broader project claim in the event of an audit by the regulator.
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The eligibility of a foreign company to participate in the APR.Intern program will be considered on a case‑by‑case basis.
Yes, all industry partners ultimately have the final say in which student and academic mentor they wished to work with.
The industry partner identifies a challenge requiring the expertise of an APR.Intern, this challenge is then developed into a project by the intern, mentor and industry partner.
Project duration is 3–5 months depending on the nature of the project.
The primary aim of the program is for the student to gain relevant professional training and skills within a workplace setting, relating to their area of study. Students do not undertake day-to-day commercial activities, but focus on a short term, self-contained research project related to their field of study. There is no employment contract between the student and the industry partner and as such the student is not held to obligations whilst undertaking the internship. Students remain enrolled at the university whilst completing the internship and receive a scholarship, not a hourly rate. The project contract outlines that the industry partner is under no obligation to create an employment relationship with the student and that the primary purpose of the internship is for the intern’s educational purposes.
We support the creation of confidentiality and non‑disclosure agreements between participating parties providing the reasonable rights of interns and their mentors are maintained. It is important that these agreements don’t impair the ability of academic mentors or interns to publish their results or for a student to complete his/her thesis. In some instances, these agreements can call for delays in the period before which publications should take place.
APR.Intern makes no claim whatsoever to IP. Ownership of Project Intellectual Property created during the project will vest upon its creation in the Industry Partner.
There are no in-kind options with this program.