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. 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

Summer 2020/2021 Opportunities

Gain valuable industry experience with a virtual internship this summer! 

Join a team of students and virtually intern with science industry partners in Malaysia while getting 6 UOC elective credit. Scholarships are available for domestic students!

Industry projects are available for the following science programs/majors:

  • Biotechnology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Data Science and Decisions
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Food Science
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Statistics

Please see Program Guide for further information:

Program Guide Malaysia Virtual Summer Internships
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Program Guide for the 2020/21 Malaysia Virtual Summer Internships


Unique opportunity for BEES science students to undertake remote internships with conservation not-for-profit organisation, Para La Tierra. 

Opportunity Type: Science or free elective (SCIF3199).

Ideal for: science students studying Ecology, Biology, Geography and Environmental Management who are interested in research, conservation or community engagement careers. 

Deadline: 11:45pm, Sunday 25th of October


Para La Tierra is dedicated to the conservation of fragile habitats in Paraguay through scientific research, community engagement, and environmental education. They are based in the beautiful city of Pilar - The City of Birds - and work across Southern Paraguay, from the expansive Ñeembucú Wetland Complex to the endangered Atlantic Forest.

Para La Tierra specializes in training students and graduates in the skills they need to take the next step in their career, either towards higher education or into the job market. Over the past decade, they have hosted over 1,500 interns, each of whom has made a tangible contribution to the conservation of the fragile species and understudied ecosystems of Paraguay.

This summer, Para La Tierra is offering the opportunity to undertake one of three projects, depending on your career goals. All three projects will be conducted remotely, with full support from the Para La Tierra team. Spanish language skills are not required. 

The Projects

3 projects are available. Interns may choose the project they would like to work on, depending on their interests. 

Ecological Data Analysis (research focus) 

Habitat Management and Conservation

Environmental Education (outreach focus) 


Program Fee: Para La Tierra is a not-for-profit organisation. Involvement in the remote internship will cost US$450 - US$560, payable to Para La Tierra (note: cost is in US Dollars). The fee varies between projects (see project briefs above for further information). The fee covers weekly one-one coaching, co-authorship on any publication arising from your work, and a small contribution to Para La Tierra's conservation efforts.   

Course fee: Normal tuition fees for a 6 UOC course will apply for enrolment into SCIF2199 (Standard international or domestic CSP rates).


Applications are open to science students studying Ecology, Biology, Geography and Environmental Management. Students must also meet the below requirements for SCIF2199:

- have completed a minimum of 48 units of credit;
- have a credit WAM (65 or above);
- have space in their program for a science or free elective

If you have any questions about the above eligibility requirements, please contact

How to Apply

Please submit your application via this online form. You will be asked to submit a brief Resume and Cover Letter. The Cover Letter should be no more than 1 page and address the following questions:

- Why are you interested in this opportunity with Para La Tierra?
- What do you hope to gain during the work placement?
- What relevant skills and experience do you bring to the internship role?

The Student Academic and Career Success Team provides lots of resources to help you with job applications

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 11:45pm Sunday 25th of October 2020

The ACICIS Agriculture Professional Practicum program gives students the opportunity to understand cultural, commercial, and governmental factors shaping Indonesia's agriculture industry.

This six-week virtual summer practicum covers the of fields of agriculture, food science, environment and resource management. Environmental science, marine science, biology, ecology, and food science students are encouraged to apply.

Students will undertake intensive Indonesian language instruction at Atma Jaya University, English language lectures by local practitioners and experts in the fields of agriculture, food science, environment and resource management, and a supervised practicum placement with a agricultural, agribusiness, or resource management organisation.

Successful applicants may apply for 12 units of credit as electives towards their science degree. 

Scholarships available for eligible domestic students. 

Any questions about the program should be directed to ACICIS.  Please contact the The Nucleus for questions regarding transfer of credit and how the program will impact your degree progression. 

 Every summer, CSIRO offer around 100 research placement opportunities to high-achieving penultimate (second-last year) undergraduate students across a range of science disciplines.

Students receive a stipend for the duration of the placement. The location of the placement could be at your local CSIRO site, one of 50 locations other across the country or conducted virtually, depending on the project you'll be working on.

The program takes place over the summer break and placements typically take 8-12 weeks. All placements are full-time. Any UNSW Science students interested in applying should contact the designated project supervisor to ensure flexible start/end dates can be arranged to accommodate Term 3 exams and/or the start of Term 1 2021. Students may contact if they have issues with course clashes.   

For further information on projects, eligibility and how to apply, see below. 


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.