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INTERNSHIP INFORMATION FOR PhD STUDENTS

Are you a PhD student wanting to put your best foot forward for career success? We can help. At APR.Intern, we facilitate paid industry internships to help you get industry experience in 3 to 5 months.

We are a not-for-profit program, supported by the Australian Government, with a nation-wide network of industry contacts looking for talented research students like you.

The program has an emphasis on placing domestic students, and encouraging underrepresented people in STEM, such as women, regional, Indigenous and disadvantaged PhD students.

Industry internships are here to kick-start your career. Don’t miss out on the perfect opportunity to apply research skills in a new setting and gain invaluable experience — with support every step of the way.

THE BENEFITS

RESEARCH FOR IMPACT

Apply your PhD theory to an industry challenge

FAST TRACK CAREER

Build industry networks and enhance your CV

INCREASE EMPLOYABILITY

Develop your soft skills to support and complement research expertise

FLEXIBLE CONDITIONS

Explore tailored project arrangements

STIPEND PAYMENT

Receive $9k-15k over 3-5 months

Open Up Your World – PhD Students

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ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?

Eligibility can vary depending on your university and the companies we work with. However, all students must meet the following criteria:

You are a currently enrolled PhD student at an Australian University

 

You are a domestic (Australian citizen or permanent resident), or an international student with the appropriate student visa

 

You have met the requirements of your confirmation milestone and can demonstrate that internship participation will not adversely impact your scheduled thesis submission date

 


Your Principal Supervisor has given you written approval to participate in the program

HOW TO APPLY

Access application information, application form templates, and available internships by following the links below.

FAQ

I meet some, but not all of the disciplines/keywords listed in the project description. Can I still apply?

University contacts use disciplines and keywords listed as a general guide to distribute to postgraduate students. You can still apply if you are uncertain whether you fit into these disciplines or keywords if you have the skills required for the project.

I meet some, but not of all the skills required listed in the project description. Can I still apply?

Some ‘essential’ skills are an inherent part of being able to conduct research and produce expected outcomes in the research internship.

Possessing essential skills will help you progress to the shortlisting and interview stage but does not guarantee you an internship as candidates will be interviewed and selected by the industry partner.

If you are missing skills that are ‘desirable’ or ‘preferable’ or you believe you possess enough of the required skills to competently complete the project, speak to your supervisor about your suitability and consider applying.

Can Undergraduate/Honours/Masters students apply?
Undergraduate Not eligible at this time.
Honours Not eligible at this time.
Masters by coursework

Masters by research

Masters students cannot apply under the General Application process.

Occasionally, we advertise specific projects which may be suitable for Masters students. Such projects will have Masters’ eligibility specified and sent through to your university department or school

Masters by coursework students may be considered for participation in the internship program if they have an ‘enrolled’ student status. Internships do not align with semester timeframes, so students will need to confirm that they have the flexibility to complete the internship during the advertised timeframe.

All applicants must be a currently enrolled student at an Australian university.

I am a part-time student or intend to switch to part-time to undertake the internship. Am I still eligible?

Domestic Students

  • May be eligible, however, the internship stipend may be taxed
  • Any students whose student status will change during thesis examination will not be eligible for stipend payments

International Students

  • International students enrolled part-time are not permitted to undertake an internship, due to Federal regulations
  • Any students whose student status will change during thesis examination will not be eligible for stipend payments
I am completing Masters by Coursework and do not have a supervisor – what should I do?

You are required to source an appropriate academic supervisor willing to act in this role should you be successful. Look at the Academic Mentor page to see a description of the benefits for academic supervisors .

Can I apply for an APR.Intern internship if I am attending a university outside Australia?

No, APR.Intern only accepts applications from students enrolled at Australian universities.

I am not an Australian citizen but attend an Australian university. Am I eligible for an internship?

Yes, you are eligible as long as you are enrolled at an Australian university and you have one of the following visas:

  • Permanent Resident Visa
  • Higher Education Sector Visa (subclass 573)
  • Postgraduate Research Sector Visa (subclass 574)
  • Student Visa (subclass 500) which combines 573 and 574 from 1 July 2016
  • New Zealand Citizen

Your visa must be valid for the entire duration of the internship.

Can an internship be held outside Australia?

At present the majority of the internship has to be conducted in Australia with a mentor based at an Australian university.

Companies may choose to have the intern travel to other locations at their own cost and with the prior agreement of the intern.

Can I undertake an internship project part-time?

Usually internships are normally undertaken on a full-time basis during business hours. In some situations part-time projects can be accommodated if the right industry match can be found.

Please note that if you are a student and do not hold Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency, you must check that the terms and conditions of your visa will permit you to undertake the internship.

Can I take a Leave of Absence during the internship?

Domestic Students

The ability for your university to make stipend payments differs between each institution. If you have been successful in being awarded an internship and are thinking of taking a Leave of Absence during the internship, please raise this early on while the Project Plan is being negotiated so that our team can clarify this for you before you start the project.

International Students

Leave of Absence is not allowed for international students due to visa requirements.

I have previously applied, do I need to submit a new application?

If you submitted an application to an advertised project/opportunity

If you were unsuccessful in being awarded the internship for an advertised project/opportunity, your application would have been closed off. Therefore you will need to resubmit a new application for any other opportunities or send through an application through our General Application process.

If you submitted an application through our General Application process

If our Business Development team have followed up your list of Potential Industry Partners but this did not eventuate in an internship, your application would be closed off.

You will need to submit a new application with a new list of companies in your Potential Industry Partners form, or detail any new relationships made through your networks to try to maximise the potential of converting one of these into an internship project for you.

Our application forms have recently changed, so please ensure you use the correct versions linked on the Apply Now page.

Do I need to know someone in the industry to complete the Potential Industry Partners form?

It is not mandatory to know someone within the companies you have listed as your preferred industry partners. However, any existing networks or contacts you or your supervisor may have can increase your chances of our Business Development team being successful securing an internship project for you.

The more solid the industry partner preferences you provide, the more avenues we can pursue to negotiate an internship project for you. However, if your research is within a niche field and you cannot provide all five preferences, you can explain the value that your research can bring to the industry partners you have listed under the ‘reason for selecting Industry Partner’ section.

How does the application process work?
GENERAL APPLICATIONS
Submit your application via the APR.Intern website
Our team checks your application for completeness and eligibilty within 3 business days of receipt
If you meet minimum eligiblity requirements, your application will progress to an APR.Intern Business Development Adviser
The Business Development Adviser will review your application and call you within 10 business days to discuss next steps
The Business Development Adviser may arrange a meeting with you and your academic supervisor to discuss your research and list of potential industry partners
The Business Development Adviser will follow up with the contacts listed in your potential industry partners form to try to negotiate an internship opportunity
If successful, you and your academic supervisor will meet with the industry partner to work out the project plan and progress to an internship agreement
If we have not been able to secure an internship for you within 3 months, we will notify you and close your application, but you can re-apply with a new set of potential industry partners
APPLICATIONS FOR ADVERTISED PROJECTS
Submit your application via the APR.Intern website
Our team checks your application for completeness and eligibility within 3 business days of receipt
If you meet minimum eligiblity requirements, your application will progress to an APR.Intern Business Development Adviser
The Business Development Adviser will review all applications and shortlist students for interview after the application closing date. It may take 2-4 weeks after the application closing date for you to be notified of the outcome of your application. This is due to a number of factors, so please be patient!
If you are shortlisted for interview, the Business Development Adviser will arrange this with you and your academic supervisor
If successful, you and your academic supervisor will meet with the industry partner to scope the project plan details and progress to an internship agreement
Am I able to take time off during the internship to attend a conference or for personal reasons?

If you progress to interview stage, during the interview please ensure you inform us of your conference or other leave dates. Depending on the industry partner and project’s requirements, there may be some flexibility for you to be able to ‘pause’ the internship for the time you are away and come back to complete the internship.