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

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 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!  


InsideSherpa 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

T3 2020 Opportunities

Incredible opportunity for 2 medical science students to intern with PSI CRO during Term 3, 2020 as part of the Science Work Placement Course SCIF2199. 

Opportunity Type: Science or free elective (SCIF2199).

Ideal for: 3991 Medical Science students who are interested in a career in clinical trial research and management. 

Deadline: 11:45pm, Thursday 6th of August


PSI CRO is a leading Contract Research Organization with more than 22 years in the industry, offering a perfect balance between stability and innovation to both clients and employees. PSI is one of the few companies working on the frontline of medical science, changing lives and bringing new medicines to those who need them. As a dynamic, global company founded in 1995, we bring together more than 2,000 driven, dedicated and passionate individuals. We are the company that cares – for our staff, for our clients, for our partners and for the quality of work we do. 

Your time at PSI will be working closely with the clinical trials team, and shadowing the role of a clinical trials administrator (CTA). This experience will provide with the opportunity to develop a deeper insight into the workings of the clinical trial process and network with a variety of medical research stakeholders.

The Role

2 unpaid intern positions are available. 

Work days and the number of hours worked is flexible and will be negotiated between the successful candidates and the intern supervisor. The work placement should take place during Term 3 2020 (between the 14th of September and 26th of November 2020), however the exact start and end date is also negotiable. 

The roles are based at PSI CRO's Sydney Office in Macquarie Park, North Ryde. 

The scope of responsibilities will include:

  1. Direct interaction with various project stakeholders. Including communication with hospitals, vendors, clients and team members participating in various research projects.
  2. Preparation, maintenance and filing of study related documents, including the electronic Trial Master File (eTMF), Investigator Site Files (ISF), and other essential clinical trial documents.
  3. Attending study related meetings including making meeting arrangements and the preparation of draft agendas and meeting minutes.
  4. Maintaining, tracking and distributing project team’s documents, working files, trackers, calendars and schedules.
  5. Facilitating coordination of ethics, regulatory and research and development (R&D) submissions where relevant for clinical trial projects.
  6. Coordinate various activities within clinical research projects including assisting the broader clinical trial team, engaging in clerical and administrative duties (handling the telephone and voice-mail, logging and, providing general project administrative support: photocopying, shredding, transcribing, etc.).

The ideal intern will have:

  1. Excellent English skills.
  2. A detail-oriented mindset and ability to do paperwork.
  3. Good organizational and time-management skills.
  4. A client-oriented, problem-solving approach.
  5. The demonstrated ability to multi-task and work effectively in a fast-paced environment.


Applications are open to Medical Science students only (program code 3991). 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 address the following questions:

- Why are you interested in this opportunity with PSI CRO?
- What do you hope to gain during the work placement?

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

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 11:45pm Thursday 6th of August. 

Indian Institute of Technology Madras is one of the pre-eminent technical institution in India and has been ranked N0.1 best University in India for 5 years on a row.

Opportunity Type: Co-curricular activity. Science elective credit may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Ideal for: Final year science students majoring in Chemistry, Climate Science, Data Science, Environmental Management or Medical Sciences.  

Deadline: Expressions of interest close 19th of August 2020. 


IIT Madras is now offering online research internships during Term 3 2020. Research topics for science students cover:

  • Atmospheric Sciences and Technology (including climate science and climate change)
  • Nano/biomaterials and devices
  • Sustainability
  • Technology and policy
  • Healthcare
  • Data Science 

Students work with an IITM Professor on a relevant research topic. Depending on the project and supervisor, students may negotiate a suitable internship length and start date between September to December. The maximum duration for an internship is 90 days.

The opportunity may be completed as a co-curricular activity or for course credit. Course credit is not guaranteed and is dependent upon the the relevance of the research topic, length of the internship, and internship deliverables. Students applying for course credit must wait until they have been offered an internship and have a supervisor and research topic confirmed. Further questions about science elective course credit can be directed to  

How to Apply

Students should submit an expression of interest to the Study Abroad and Exchange Office via this web page. Expressions of interest close 19th of August.  

Further Information

For further information on the program and selection process, please refer to this web page or contact

Questions about science elective course credit may be directed to


Summer 2020/2021 Opportunities

Applications are now open for the CSIRO summer research program.  

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. 


Gain valuable industry experience in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

UNSW Science is working with The Global Student to provide you with an eight-week science work placement in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your professional skills, expand your professional network and gain industry insights over the summer holidays.

Work Placements are available for students in the fields of Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biomolecular, Medical, Biological and Environmental Sciences. 

$3000 scholarships available for domestic students.

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.

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