There are 3 stages to the application process.
Stage 1: Written Application
UNSW Science will select applicants to proceed to stage 2.
In order to apply, students must:
- have a minimum credit WAM;
- have room in their program to enrol in SCIF2199 as a science or free elective (student can request a progress check with The Nucleus Student Hub if they are unsure);
- be studying a BABS, BEES, Chemistry or SOMS major/program; and
- provide all requested supporting documents (academic statement, CV, cover letter, copy of passport).
To proceed to Stage 2, students must also exhibit the four attributes expected of successful applicants:
- Responsible, with the ability to behave with a high level of maturity and professionalism.
- Culturally adept, with the ability to act in a respectful and culturally sensitive way.
- Motivated, with a strong drive to learn new skills and undertake challenging work.
- Resilient, with the ability to deal with new and difficult situations.
NCP scholarships will be awarded to the top 8 domestic applicants, based on WAM and cover letter responses. Additional, non-scholarship funded places may be awarded to both domestic and international students.
Students must submit four supporting documents with their application.
- Academic Statement (can be accessed via the Student Tab on myUNSW).
- Copy of the photo page of your passport.
- Current CV.
- Cover Letter. Please address the cover letter to UNSW Science. The cover letter should be 1 to 2 pages in length, and should:
- explain why the applicant is interested in the summer placement opportunity
- highlight the applicant's current skills and experience in their major of study (whether that is through coursework, co-curricular activities, or other work experience)
- address the four attributes expected of successful applicants.
Help with application writing
The Student Academic & Career Success Team provide many services to assist students with job application techniques. To have a competitive application, it is highly recommended that you use their online Resume Checker and other tips on writing Cover Letters.
Students are encouraged to contact UNSW Science (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they have any questions about the application process.
Stage 2: Interviews
Students selected for Stage 2 will be introduced to our partners at 'The Global Student' in Kuala Lumpur, who will help students to secure a work placement.
The Global Student will hold an initial Skype interview with each student, before arranging online interviews with preferred host organisation/s. The Global Student will do their best to place students with their preferred host organisation, but cannot guarantee that students will be placed with a particular organisation. However, they will ensure that a student is placed with an organisation that will provide an experience directly related to the student's major of study.
Stage 3: Work Placement Agreement
When a host organisation has agreed to host a student, both the student and the host organisation must clarify the specific work tasks that the student will undertake during the work placement.
The nature of the work conducted by the student will depend on the organisation, and the skills and interest of the student. It is expected that the host organisation will provide work that is related to the student's major of study and commensurate with the level and experience of the student.
Activities that a student may undertake could 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 work placement – an ongoing project, or one that is completed during the placement
- assigned to an individual project that can be completed within the placement timeframe
- office-based tasks including data entry, literature searches, or preparation of figures for presentation/marketing materials
- hands on laboratory or field-based activities.
Upon agreement, both the student and the host organisation must complete a SCIF2199 Work Placement Agreement Form.
This form is a written agreement/contract between the host organisation, the student and UNSW Science, and will outline the work tasks that the student is expected to perform.
The student is responsible for returning this form to UNSW Science, for final approval. UNSW Science will check if the work is related to the student's major of study and it will be reviewed by the Head of Teaching of the student's major of study.
Students will not be permitted to participate in the work placement program unless a Work Placement Agreement is submitted and approved.