APR.Intern is driving innovation and accelerating women in STEM through short-term 3 to 5 month PhD industry internships. A new Australian Government rebate is now available to all Australian businesses through the program.
Our PhD students stem from all disciplines and universities across Australia, providing businesses from all sectors in major cities, regional and rural areas, access to specialist PhD expertise. Every PhD internship is supported by an academic mentor from the university, who provides academic guidance to the intern and the project.
Through these internships, APR.Intern aims to support industry-based training of PhD research students, giving them the opportunity to apply their research skills in an industry setting.
ACCELERATE GENDER EQUITY
Champion change & drive innovation in your sector
RAPID RESULTS IN 3-5 MONTHS
Quick outcomes through high impact research projects
ACCESS NEW GOVERNMENT FUNDING
50% R&D rebates available for all businesses
FILL A SKILLS GAP
Access PhD & academic mentor research expertise
RETAIN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
All project-related IP remains with the business
No HR costs, all facilitation by APR.Intern
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
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
Explore tailored project arrangements
Guidance & support through academic mentor and APR.Intern
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, acola.org.au.
“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
PHD STUDENT AT $3K PER MONTH
ACADEMIC MENTOR PAYMENT
ADMINISTRATION COST PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Price includes a monthly $3k per month student stipend, one-off $5.5k academic mentor fee and one-off project management fee.
3 month internship normally $20k, only $10k with rebate
4 month internship normally $23k, only $11.5k with rebate
5 month internship normally $26k, only $13k with rebate
Australian Government rebates of 50% are available to all small-to-medium and large enterprises, and government agencies, in all industry sectors.
A rebate will be granted by APR.Intern to all industry partners who achieve agreed milestones and reporting, as outlined in the project contract.
– Define the project with the APR.Intern team
– Identify & match PhD student / mentor teams
– Interview & select the PhD candidate
– Develop project plan with PhD Intern & Mentor
– Finalise objectives, milestones & project details
– Sign standard contract
– Agreed project to keep internship on track
– Regular check-ins with all parties
– Final presentation of results & written report
50% rebate will only be granted to industry partners once all agreed milestones and reporting outlined in the project contract are completed and approved by APR.Intern.
PhD student must have full-time or part-time enrolment status an at an Australian university.
The total number of rebates offered are limited, and subject to targets in relation to domestic participation and gender equality. Rebates will be offered at the discretion of APR.Intern.
This program is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, through the ‘Supporting more women in STEM careers: Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) – National Research Internships Program’.