Be the first to know about all the professional development opportunities on offer for UNSW Science students. This includes science work placements, research internships and co-curricular professional development programs, events and webinars. Getting hands-on industry work experience gives you insights beyond the lab and lectures. It also enhances your CV and may earn you credit towards your degree.

You can see previous opportunities HERE

T1 2021 Opportunities

Curious about science careers in Start-ups? Want to learn more about Healthcare and Medtech start-ups? Join this exclusive event for UNSW Science students! 

Opportunity Type: Co-curricular Event 

Ideal for: Science students of any major or discipline curious about how a science degree can lead to a career in Start-Ups. 

Date: Thursday 1st of April, 12:00 - 1:00pm (via Zoom).


This exclusive online event for UNSW Science students will cover:

  • The basics of Start-Ups
  • Benefits of joining a Start-Up as a graduate
  • The skills and attributes that recruiters look for when recruiting graduates in Start-Ups
  • Ways to get into the Start-up scene, whether that’s starting your own company or landing a job in one
  • Insights into Healthcare and Medtech Start-ups

You’ll hear from a range of speakers including graduate recruiter Give A Grad A Go, Health/Medtech Start-Up founders, UNSW Science Alumni and UNSW Founders. You’ll also have the chance to ask all the speakers any burning questions you might have about launching a career in start-ups.


Click here to register

Macquarie Group is inviting talented and ambitious STEM students who are currently in their penultimate or final year to join their virtual STEM Pathways event. Gain insight into career possibilities at Macquarie and network with business representatives.

Opportunity Type: Co-curricular Event 

Ideal for: Science students of any major or discipline in their penultimate (second-last) or final year of their degree.

Date: Tuesday 16th of March, 5:00 - 7:00pm (via Zoom).


A career at Macquarie means you’ll have the opportunity to develop and utilise new skills, explore interesting fields and do challenging work that will impact the lives of people around the world—whether it’s accelerating the green energy transition, helping sustain global food supplies, financing social housing projects or investing in essential infrastructure.

Register for the event to find out how you can utilise your STEM degree at Macquarie Group. Hear from business representatives who have previously studied STEM degrees and are currently working across diverse business and support groups. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with previous STEM graduates, and learn how they used their degrees to build unique careers with Macquarie. This is a great opportunity for motivated individuals to gain an insight into the exciting career opportunities offered at Macquarie, and where they could lead.  

Further Details

See this brochure for further details on where a Macquarie Group career could take you. 

Macquarie Group 2021 Graduate Brochure
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Macquarie Group 2021 Graduate Brochure


Please click here to register for the event - registrations close 12 noon 15 March 2021.

Spaces are limited and you will need to attach your CV and academic transcript for consideration. 

U21 Global Citizenship program is an online leadership development program spanning 18 countries and 19 time zones.

Opportunity Type: Co-curricular program (micro-credential award)

Ideal for: science students interested in expanding their leadership skills, cultural awareness and professional networks. Science (International) students (program 3987) are highly encouraged to apply.  

Deadline: 9:00am Monday 19th March 2021


U21 is offering a new, online, international opportunity for students this April. Universitas 21 Global Citizenship is an online leadership development program, delivered by Common Purposea global not-for-profit organisation that specializes in Cross-Boundary Leadership. Participants will develop ideas together, across borders and time zones, honing skills needed to thrive in the 21st century whilst tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems, outlined in the United Nation Sustainability Goals (UNSDG). 

Hear from previous participants in our Global Citizens blogvlog and on Linkedin.

The course is open to 2,000 students across the U21 global network of 27 universities, spanning 18 countries and 19 time zones. Throughout the program participants will engage with and learn from students across the globe. 

Program Dates

The three-week program launches on Monday 29 March. Each week requires a minimum of 3 hours of online learning that you can complete in your own time. In addition during weeks 1 and 2 there are real-time, online reflection workshops, where you will draw on the learning from that week and engage in discussions with other students from across the globe.

Program Benefits

Successful completion of the program and all activities will earn you the Global Citizenship micro-credential which you can display on your LinkedIn profile, demonstrating that you have developed the skills to tackle complex global issues and stand up as a leader. 

As a result of the program you will be:  

  • Equipped to take rapid action on the Sustainable Development Goal that you choose 
  • Able to step outwards and collaborate with diverse networks 
  • Ready to challenge preconceptions and better inform other people’s perspectives 
  • Better equipped to operate across hierarchies  
  • Better prepared to live and maintain your values and integrity 
  • Better connected to U21 students around the world

Further Details




Apply Now

UNSW students should register their interest at as soon as possible before 9:00am Monday 19th March 2021.


The Peter Farrell Cup (PFC) is one of UNSW’s most important and high-profile entrepreneurship programs. $2500 prize for most valuable scientific innovation! 

Opportunity Type: Co-curricular

Ideal for: science students with a entrepreneurial spirit who are interested solving pressing global challenges with viable business solutions. 

Deadline: 11:55pm on 3rd March 2021


The PFC seeks the best ideas from current students and Higher Degree Researchers from across the university and in all disciplines.  

Are you a current UNSW student or HDR candidate with a smart idea or do you have an early (pre-revenue) stage start-up that could make a real difference to our changing world? 

Do you need knowledge, skills, guidance, support, or funding to turn your idea into reality? 

Then the Peter Farrell Cup (PFC) is for you! 

Celebrating its 21st birthday, the PFC is UNSW’s most prestigious competitive early-stage ideas program that is fast-tracking the next generation of entrepreneurs and start-ups. 

Not only will you get training, and the support of industry mentors, you and your team could walk away with a share of $20,000 cash to kick-start your entrepreneurial business idea. There will be two streams of first prize given: One for Early Stage ideas ($8000 AUD) and One for Higher Degree Research ideas ($8000 AUD). The Dean of Science Prize ($2500) will also be awarded for the most valuable scientific innovation. So, gather your teammates and get involved! 

Applications open on 1 February, and close 3 March, 2021.   


Please feel free to email Laura Earl at or Tash Jamieson at 

Key Dates

  • 23:00, 3 March: Applications Close 
  • 17:00, 5 March: Shortlisted Teams Announced 
  • 8 March: PFC Program Commences 
  • 26 May: PFC Finals Night 

Apply Now

Applications open on 1 February, and close 3 March, 2021.  

Apply here.

Science students are encouraged to explore the 'Launch Your Career in Commerce and Technology' virtual event where employers hold virtual stalls with information on graduate, intern, and employment opportunities.

Opportunity Type: Co-curricular event

Ideal for: Science students curious about careers in commerce and technology. Yes - science graduates are recruited into these sectors! 

Event: 10 March, 12pm - 4pm


Launch Your Career in Commerce and Technology is an excellent opportunity to meet employers, ask questions in 1:1 or group chats, engage with employers via video and stand out for employment opportunities.

It's also a great way to network and research your career options across the Commerce and Technology sectors. Whether you are a first or a final year, this event is the perfect place to launch your career!

Cochlear, ResMed and Unilever are among 50+ employers attending! 

Register Now

for more information, event preparation tips and to register, please visit:  

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021, Cicada Innovations is hosting an 'ask me anything' session with two women CEOs in STEM. 

Opportunity Type: Co-curricular Event 

Ideal for: Women science students who want to explore pathways to a successful career in STEM.  

Date: Wednesday 10th of March, 12:00pm.


Cicada Innovations are selecting 25 women to attend an online AMA ('ask me anything') session with Alison Todd, Co-Founder of SpeeDx & Sally-Ann Williams, CEO of Cicada Innovations. 


To register your interest, please click here

T2 2021 Opportunities

Explore packaging solutions for global company Unilever and tackle the challenges of climate change and shifting consumer needs. 

Opportunity Type: 6 UOC general education or free elective credit (CDEV3000)

Ideal for: science students of any major who are interested in a career in sustainability. Students majoring in Materials Science, Climate Science, Environmental Management, Ecology, Biology are particularly encouraged to apply.  

Deadline: 11.59pm 9 May 2021


This is an opportunity for science students to work in an interdisciplinary (cross-Faculty) team to undertake a work integrated learning (WIL) project co-designed with the global FMG company Unilever.

The project, ‘Packaging the Future’ will explore packaging solutions to tackle the challenges of climate change and changing consumer needs for the future.

Packaging sustainability is a key part of Unilever’s business strategy and they have global targets in place to help achieve a waste-free world.  By 2025 Unilever aims to:

  • Halve the amount of virgin plastic we use in our packaging
  • Increase the recycled plastic material content in our packaging to 25%.
  • Help collect and process more plastic packaging than we sell
  • Ensure all our plastic packaging will be designed to be fully reusable, recyclable, or compostable

With this in mind, Unilever would like students to explore packaging solutions that will help deliver on their targets and contribute to tackling the challenges of climate change and changing consumer needs.

Further Details

The project will be undertaken as part of the general education course, CDEV3000. 

CDEV3000 will be delivered in Term 2, 2021 - Monday 31 May to Friday, 6 August 2021.

Due to the ongoing physical restrictions of COVID-19, the placement will run fully online, with workshops scheduled via Microsoft Teams on Tuesdays 1.00pm to 4.00pm AEST.

Some quick facts about CDEV3000: 

  • It is a 6 UoC course 
  • It is a General Education and free elective course
  • In Term 2 2021 the course will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams 
  • Students work in interdisciplinary teams on on a real-world project co-designed with and for a partner organisation
  • Prerequisite to apply: 30 units of credit completed.

Benefits of undertaking CDEV3000: 

  •  Work with a partner organisation to develop purposeful project deliverables 
  •  Network with people working in our partner organisations 
  •  Develop online work skills required for the current and post-COVID-19 global workforce 
  •  Develop skills in project design, development, and delivery 
  •  Improve your presentation skills
  •  Improve your teamwork skills and diversify your perspectives 
  •  Improve your problem-solving and creativity skills


Please contact WIL Central via 

Apply Now

Applications close Sunday 9 May 2021, 11.59 AEST

For more information on the application process and to apply, please click here.

The Founders New Wave program addresses the under-representation of women in entrepreneurship by empowering UNSW students, staff or alumni who identify as women to launch start-ups. 

Opportunity Type: Co-curricular Program

Ideal for: science students who identify as women who want to develop their entrepreneurial skills and test their start-up ideas. 

Deadline: Applications close 25 April 2021. 


New Wave runs for two weeks (17 - 28 May), in the term break.  Participants form teams with like-minded women and work together on an idea. 

You'll learn essential entrepreneurial skills like pitching, leadership and design thinking, from industry leading mentors and speakers and have the opportunity to pitch at an online showcase event and win cash & amazing in-kind prizes, including the 2.5K Dean of Science Award.  

Further Details

Click here for further details and register for the New Wave Info session 5pm, 15 April 2021. 

Apply Now

Applications close 25 April 2021. 

Apply here

The virtual Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to undertake a science research project for eight weeks at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

Opportunity Type: 6 UOC cross-institutional credit

Ideal for: science students majoring in Ecology, Marine Science, Physics, Psychology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Microbiology or Medical Science majors who are interested in exploring a research career.

Deadline: 15 March 2021


Students will conduct research under the supervision of a CUHK faculty member. The SURP will be conducted virtually in 2021 to allow students to take part in the programme without leaving home. The programme runs for 8 weeks, from 28 June to 20 August 2021.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop research skills and knowledge in a specific area of interest
  • Join a world-class research team and work alongside leading experts in the field at home
  • Experience postgraduate studies first hand
  • Establish professional networks for future career
  • Immerse in the local culture through virtual activities and excursions
  • Discover new ideas through interaction with other international students

Further Details

Around 20 research topics are offered by CUHK host supervisors in the Faculties of Science and Medicine. Please visit HERE for more information on the programme and research projects available. 

Students may apply to have the research experience count towards their science program(as a 6 uoc science elective) by applying for cross-institutional credit.

No tuition fees are charged for the programme, however, a deposit of HK$1,560 (US$200) is required and will be refunded upon successful completion of the programme.


This programme is offered via the Study Abroad Office. Please direct questions about the programme to:

If you require assistance is securing a academic reference letter (for your application), please contact  

Apply Now

1. Students should register their interest at by 9:00am 8th of March 2021.

2. Apply to SURP via by 15th of March 2021. 

Ongoing Opportunities

These opportunities are available all-year round!

Gain valuable career skills and experience through short term, company-backed virtual internships provided for free through Forage (previously known as InsideSherpa).

Opportunity type: Co-curricular Program

Ideal for: all science students, particularly those interested in expanding career opportunities into consulting, tech and finance industries, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Deadline: No deadline – get started whenever you like!  


Forage is an online platform that provides virtual internship programs from a wide range of top companies.

These short programs (which take 5-6 hours to complete) will give you a glimpse into a variety of careers and companies that recruit STEM graduates. You’ll work on tasks that mirror the day-to-day work of employees at the organisation and receive training in a variety of practical professional skills that you can add onto your CV and LinkedIn profile. There’s even a Virtual Work Readiness program that will help you to navigate the work of virtual work.   

If you are:

  • unsure about what career path to follow;
  • interested in exploring a variety of career options; or
  • want to expand your career skillset for the increasingly competitive graduate labour market,

these short virtual internships are a must!

For more information and to register, please visit:

Gain transferrable professional skills and insights into a variety of graduate roles with these short virtual experiences. 

Opportunity type: Co-curricular Program

Ideal for: all science students, particularly those interested in expanding career opportunities into consulting, tech and finance industries. 

Deadline: No deadline – get started whenever you're ready and work at your own pace. 


In partnership with a range of graduate employers, GradAustralia is now offering a series of on-the-job learning modules and hypothetical tasks drawn from real-world examples of what it’s actually like to work in an organisation as a junior employee.

These virtual experiences are ideal for students who are:

  • unsure about what career path to follow;
  • interested in exploring a variety of career options; or
  • want to get a little insight into graduate jobs at companies that recruit science graduates,  

Click here to find out more

Career-Ready Courses

Leverage your electives to gain relevant work experience and professional development skills. 

This 6 UOC science elective gives you the opportunity to gain genuine work experience in a science or technology-related workplaces via an internship program.

These 6 UOC science elective courses are designed for science students interested in a research career. They involve a short theoretical or experimental research project (related to the student's major) that is supervised by a UNSW Science academic staff member. The internship may encompass project planning, literature review, project development, fieldwork, experimental work, statistical analyses and oral and written reporting.

BEES2051 is a specialised work placement course that allows students to work at a partner organisation in an area of Biological, Earth or Environmental science.

This 6 UOC general education or free elective course provides valuable career management training for undergraduate students. It covers:

  • Understanding yourself and developing your employability
  • Researching career opportunities and organisations now and into the future
  • Using career development competencies to create your career
  • Communicating your professional point of difference.


This 6 UOC general education or free elective course provides the opportunity to work in work in multidisciplinary teams of students on real-life projects supervised by industry partners. Previous industry partners include The Australian Museum, GML Heritage and NTT.

Science communication skills are crucial for all science graduates regardless of their chosen science major. These science or free elective courses are a great opportunity to develop science communication skills or prepare for a career in science communication. 

BEES2680 Introduction to Science Communication

BEES6800 The Science of Science Communication


This Real-world Industry Engagement and Employment Skills course is linked with external agencies, industries and businesses who provide projects to teams of students to work on.