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The industry cost of engaging a PhD student intern starts at $20,000 for a 3-month internship.

This includes a monthly student stipend, an Academic Mentor fee and APR.Intern project management fees.

4-month internship – $23,000
5-month internship – $26,000
6-month internship – $29,000

* All prices exclude GST


APR.Intern also facilitates internships for businesses with existing university partners.

If a business brings a university partner and student to APR.Intern, or if a university brings an Industry Partner and student to APR.Intern, these ‘custom’ internships will attract a $5,000 discount off the Industry Partner costs.

This lowers the industry cost of a 3-month project to $15,000.


Businesses in the following sectors may be eligible for internship subsidies through our program partners:

  • Women in STEM
  • Defence
  • MedTech, BioTech & Pharma

These lower the cost of an internship by up to 50%.

Women in STEM

A new $7,500 Australian Government Women in STEM & Entrepreneurship (WiSE) Subsidy is now available to businesses that engage female postgraduate research interns studying within STEM research fields. This brings down the cost of a 3-month internship to $12,500.


Eligible Defence businesses in VIC and WA can access a $10,000 subsidy through our partnerships with the VIC Defence Science Institute (DSI) and the WA Defence Science Centre (DSC). This brings down the cost of a 3-month internship to $10,000.

MedTech, BioTech & Pharma

Eligible businesses within the medtech, biotech & pharma sector can access a $10,000 subsidy through our partnership with MTPConnect REDI. This brings down the cost of a 3-month internship to $10,000.