Steps to Apply for SCIF2199 Work Placement Program

Students may apply for SCIF2199 in any academic term, including summer term. 

There are two pathways for applying for SCIF2199:

  1. Faculty Approved Work Placements
  2. Student Sourced Placements.

Before embarking on either pathway, ensure you meet the minimum eligibility requirements for SCIF2199:

  1. Completed 48 units of credit
  2. Minimum credit WAM (65 or above)
  3. Have space in your program for a science elective or free elective

You can request a progress check from the Science Student Centre if you’re unsure about requirement number 3.

Placement Length

Placements must be a minimum of 105 hours in order to be considered for SCIF2199. It is also expected that a minimum of 105 hours is completed during the academic term dates in which you are enrolled in SCIF2199. If your work placement falls outside of term times, please contact to discuss your situation.  


Students must have their internship approved and enrolment finalised before their internship starts. 

Students must also meet the standard UNSW enrolment deadlines


Faculty Approved Work Placements

Some placement opportunities are sourced by the Faculty of Science and are pre-approved for certain majors or programs.

Once you are offered an internship, you need to complete the SCIF2199 Work Placement Agreement Form in order to be enrolled in SCIF2199. The Science Student Centre will manually enrol you into SCIF2199 once your approval has been confirmed.

Student Sourced Work Placements 

You can also source your own work placements. This is the most common form of sourcing placements, and you’re encouraged to be proactive and search for opportunities relevant to your career goals.

Work placements must be related to your major of study. Each application will be assessed to ensure that the work placement is relevant.

There are 5 steps to sourcing a placement:

Start researching companies to intern for.

Think about what sort of occupation or industry interests you and what kind of organisation could offer this kind of experience.

Ask your fellow students, supervisors, family and friends if they know anyone you could contact within their networks. Try to find a connection within the industry you are interested in.

Networking is helpful when finding internships and when looking for work after you finish your studies. Make sure the organisation you approach for a placement will be able to provide an experience that is relevant to your Science degree and desired career direction.

Once you have made contact with an organisation or company, you should send them Information for Internship Hosts as well as a link to the UNSW Science Work Placement page. This page will let them know of what’s required as a host.

If your internship host company has any questions you cannot answer, ask them to contact the Science Student Centre.

If you have confirmed a host organisation, you will need to download the Work Placement Agreement form and complete your application for the SCIF2199 subject.

Once you have completed the form, you need to send it to the Science Student Centre.

After your application has been submitted, please wait until we contact you directly advising you of your approval for the subject. It may take a while for the legal documentation to be completed. If you have not heard from anyone for a few weeks, please send a brief email to the Science Student Centre and we will follow this up for you.

You cannot enrol yourself into the SCIF2199 subject through the normal enrolment process. The enrolment team will manually enrol you into the internship subject once the approval has been confirmed by the Course Convenor.

This means that, as you are required to re-enrol, you must instead enrol in your ‘second’ choice subject to hold a place. This subject can be one that you would choose to do if for some reason you were not able to do the SCIF2199 subject.