Industry Opportunities

UNSW Science believes in the power of collaboration - where active engagement is not just an academic theory and ideas are turned into real-world benefits. Combining our research excellence with deep knowledge of the STEM industry, we are committed to building stronger connections and developing partnerships and industry opportunities on a local and global scale.  

“We are always seeking opportunities to collaborate more with industry. We work with our industry partners in a number of ways to produce better science, create jobs and to have a global impact.”  


 - Professor Emma Johnston  AO, Dean of UNSW Science

Industry Opportunities for Students  

In February 2019, UNSW launched UNSW3+, a new academic calendar that spreads students' workloads more evenly across the year.  

UNSW students will be able to tailor industry and international opportunities, such as internships, into their degree while achieving a life-study balance. It also grants employers flexible access to our students throughout the academic year. 

Industry Events 

We regularly organise 'Science Meets Industry' events with our industry partners, across all nine schools within UNSW Science.  

They are designed to introduce our high-achieving students to representatives from reputable organisations, with an aim to form promising networking relationships and provide students with valuable internship and paid work experience opportunities. 

We have organised networking and careers events in conjunction with Cochlear, Mars, Google, IBM, Energetics, CSIRO, Commonwealth Bank and Woolworths.  

Student Placements 

UNSW Science Work Placement Program: SCIF2199 

Students undertaking the Science Work Placement course gain a genuine experience of working in a science or technology-related workplace. It is the core of a subject credited to their degree. The students are supervised and monitored by the Course Convenor.  

Read the SCIF2199 FAQs below for more information. If you have further questions, please contact

The placement involves a minimum of 105 hours (three weeks full-time or spread out part-time across a term) in a single organisation. Interns gain experience of the science and technology-related work conducted in that organisation.  

Students build on their existing skills, with guidance, and are expected to contribute productively to a project or series of activities set up by the organisation for their placement. Participating in the internship will also enable students to observe the nature of the organisation more generally.  

This includes its structure, how different components of the organisation interact, how projects and teams are organised to achieve their goals, and the different ways in which those with a science background apply this in the workplace.  

The internship program offers organisations the opportunity to interact with students close to graduation. Students undertaking this subject have demonstrated the initiative to explore a career pathway that particularly interests them.  

Even if you are unlikely to be recruiting in the immediate future, offering internship placements provides you with an opportunity to excite the next generation in your areas of activity, increasing the likelihood that high quality employees will be available to your organisation into the future. Hosting interns will also allow your staff to develop leadership skills and mentorship experience. 

Internship hosts will provide a meaningful experience of their workplace for students. They will provide experienced staff to induct, supervise and mentor their intern and provide a brief supervisor’s report  at the conclusion of the internship, comprising 10% of the students assessment. The host organisation will provide a safe working environment for the intern.  

The nature of the work conducted by the intern will depend on the organisation. The host organisation will provide an experience that is authentic, so the nature of the science-related work the interns do will vary from placement to placement.  

It is expected that the placement will be commensurate with the level and experience of the student and the host will provide the student with tasks, responsibilities and exposure to the business organisation directly linked to the student’s chosen field.  

Activities that an intern may undertake include a combination of the following: 

  • shadow members of staff in science-related roles 
  • contributing in an assisting capacity to a range of activities 
  • being a team member on a project for the duration of the internship – an ongoing project, or one that is completed during the internship 
  • assigned to an individual project that can be completed within the hours of the placement 
  • office-based tasks including data entry, literature searches, or preparation of figures for presentation/marketing materials 
  • hands-on laboratory or field-based activities. 

Interns will also be required to complete university assessments as part of the subject. Students will send these assessments to a university lecture for grading (pass / fail).  

Interns will normally be enrolled in the later years of their course, and so will bring the experience of tertiary study in science and technology subjects. Before embarking on their placement interns will participate in compulsory induction online module that will prepare them for the expectations of your placement.  

Interns can be selected based on their major, academic standing, co-curricular activities etc. You can directly manage the selection of students or we can assist you with shortlisting candidates. We will also work with you to advertise the internship to specific cohorts of students. 

Student enrolment aligns with our teaching periods. Internship dates do not need to match up perfectly with the teaching periods but student assessments and the supervisor's report will need to be submitted at the end of the enrolled teaching period, so the student can receive academic credit.

Students may undertake internships that exceed the minimum 105 hours, if students are aware and agree beforehand. Internships can be run over a long period of time or more intensely, however please note that many students will have other study and work commitments that will impact on their availability.


A formal agreement is established between the University and the host organisation. The program meets the requirements of a ‘vocational placement’ in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009.

Health and Safety

Host organisations must have a commitment to safe work practices and comply with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Any disagreements, incidents or near-accidents must be reported promptly to the Course Convenor.

Worker’s compensation and insurance

The student is covered comprehensively against accident or injury under the University’s student insurance policy. The University maintains Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance that covers any liability of the University and the student in relation to the placement, and the host organisation is expected to also maintain appropriate Public Liability insurance. Worker’s Compensation does not apply if the internship is unpaid.

Students may work from home under the following parameters. These parameters ensure that UNSW Science students are fully covered by UNSW Insurance. 

  1. Students will complete a workplace safety assessment prior to receiving approval to work at home;
  2. Students will ‘clock in’ and ‘clock out’ to maintain a real time record of their work hours;
  3. Students will only work between 8am to 6pm on workdays; and
  4. Students will report any incidents of accident or injury within one business day.   

UNSW will provide online resources for students so that they can meet these requirements during the placement. 

If you would like to participate as a Host in the UNSW Science work placement program, please contact: