Information for organisations

Our Science internship program will enable your organisation to gain access to our most talented students.

Program overview

Placements will differ according to the host organisation and its needs.  Some interns will work solely on their project, whilst others may spend time working in labs, or on a mixture of research project and professional skill development.

The assessment of the internship will be as follows:

Project proposal

Outlines the scope of the project to be undertaken.

Internship report

A 5000 word project report outlining the project undertaken, outcomes and conclusions.

Oral presentation

A 20-30 minute presentation to professionals and academics describing the internship project and outcomes.

Personal reflection

Evaluates the learning experience of the course.

A brief interim and final report on the student’s progress will be sought from the host organisation’s supervisor. The course will be ungraded and all four components of the assessment must be completed to pass the course.

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of an internship to my organisation?

The purpose of the program is to give our students the opportunity to complete a defined project which is both of real value to your organisation and a valuable learning experience for the student. Students would work approximately 1-2 days a week for a semester (12 weeks) or as a more intensive internship over semester and mid-semester breaks.

  • Engagement with talented and motivated students.
  • Enhanced capacity for your organisation.
  • Completion of specific, science-related projects.
  • Development of your organisation’s future workforce.
  • Strengthening of educational and business links with ANU.
  • Cost free, and interns are fully insured by the University.

What are the costs?

There are no costs involved in participating in the internship program, apart from providing the intern with office space, and the facilities and resources they need to complete their work. The host organisation will also need to provide a supervisor who will have general oversight and responsibility for the work undertaken by the intern.

What are the insurance implications?

Interns will be fully insured by the University for public liability, travel and personal accident. However, the University will not be liable for any negligent act or omission on the part of the host organisation that results in injury to, or loss or damage of personal property of a student.

Are interns guaranteed?

We will try hard to find you the very best student we can, but because we want to ensure the best possible outcome for your organisation we cannot guarantee to find a suitable intern.

How do I join the internship program?

If you would like your organisation to partner with us for an internship, please  contact us at science.internships@anu.edu.au to discuss your participation further.  In the first instance we will send you our internship agreement for your comment and approval.  Once we have finalised this one-off agreement between ANU and your organisation the Internship Convenor will work with you to ensure the internship project will add value to your organisation. Every placement will be managed to ensure an optimal experience for both the host organisation and the intern.  We would also be happy to come and visit you in order to explain the program in more detail. 

Once the agreement has been signed you can submit a project outline via our online project submission form

We will then be able to match your project to our high-achieving students (all students must have a distinction average across all science subjects to be eligible for the program).  We will send a list of candidates to you to choose from.  Once the project has been finalised we will send you an Internship Schedule which is an agreement for an individual internship, and is drawn up to ensure all parties are in agreement as to the internship outcome.

What is the timeline for arranging an internship?

Please note the following times for submission of potential projects. This is a guide, and we will try to be as flexible as possible to accommodate your particular requirements.

  • Submit your project in October for Summer Session intake in January/February and Semester 1 intake in February
  • Submit your project in April for a Semester 2 intake in July and for a Winter Session intake in July/August

Updated:  23 June 2017/Responsible Officer:  Science College Directors/Page Contact:  Science Web Services