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You can see previous opportunities HERE

T2 2021 Opportunities

Ideal For: Chemistry Students

Overview

Join RACI Careers Development in the latest Ask Me Anything event.

In this webinar, there will be a fascinating one-on-one chat with Dr Philip Abraham, internationally successful chemist. Dr Abraham struggled to find work when he first immigrated to Australia, but having got his break, he made the most of it and built a wonderfully successful international career.

Join him as he shares his valuable lessons from his career and answers your questions.

Event details

  • Date: Thursday 10 June 2021 
  • Time: This event will be held at 6.30pm AEST.
  • Venue: Via Zoom. The link will be emailed to all registrants at lunchtime on the day of the event. If you have not received the event link please email mentoring@raci.org.au and it will be re-sent to you. 

Questions?

If you would like further information about this event, please contact mentoring@raci.org.au.

Opportunity for a final year or honours molecular biology student to obtain a paid, part-time lab technician role.

Opportunity Type: Paid, part-time role with the possibility to also be undertaken as a SCIF3199 work placement course

Ideal For: Final year and Honours students studying a Molecular and Cell Biology major

Deadline: Currently taking applications

Overview

Scientific Recruitment company, Evolve Scientific is looking for a part-time student Lab Technician to join their client - a leader in research and scientific advancement in predictive skin ageing and clinical product recommendation.

Core Responsibilities Will Include;

  • Extraction of DNA cells from human swab samples
  • Setting up assays for samples - pipetting experience required
  • Conducting PCR on DNA samples
  • Analyzing data, general documentation review
  • Assisting the Director in day to day tasks
  • Preparing tests and fulfilling orders

Apply Now

For more information on the role and how to apply, please click here. Questions about the role should be directed to Evolve Scientific.

Further Details

SCIF3199 Science Work Placement Course

If you meet the SCIF3199 eligibility requirements, this part-time role could be undertaken as a SCIF3199 Science Work Placement course (science or free elective). For more information about SCIF3199, including enrolment eligibility requirements, please click here. Enrolment in SCIF3199 is not a requirement for the role – it is an option if it suits the successful candidate.

Questions?

Please reach out to the Science Education Team if you would like to chat further about this opportunity. 

science.industry@unsw.edu.au

Hear from local and international Quantum startups on their journey going global

Ideal For: Physics students and any science students interested in start-ups

Overview

Public and private investment in quantum technology is on the rise around the world. Current estimates state the global industry will be valued at close to $86 billion by 2040. What does this mean for the Australian market and our homegrown Australian startups? How can budding entrepreneurs get a slice of the action?

Cicada Innovations in partnership with the Sydney Quantum Academy’s ‘Quantum Innovators Network’ presents a panel of quantum founders to discuss their global journey and explore the following questions.

  • How did they get started?
  • What choices did they make?
  • What does it mean to go global?

Event Details

Date and time

Wednesday 9th June 2021

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm AEST

Location

Cicada Innovations

4 Cornwallis Street

South Eveleigh, NSW 2015

Cost

Free

Further Information

Click here to read more about the event, including how to register, information about the panelists and an overview of the event timeline.

Bayer is inviting young leaders from Australia to apply to take part in the virtual global forum held on 16 – 17 November 2021!

Overview

The Youth Ag Summit is a unique opportunity to connect and empower the next generation of agricultural change-makers.

Bayer is bringing food security into focus this year, with their first virtual global Youth Ag Summit, to encourage young leaders to collaborate to develop sustainable solutions for food security and global agriculture. This year's conference theme of “Feeding a Hungry Planet” is based on the United Nations’ prediction that the planet’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050 and be faced with food security challenges.

  • 100 chosen delegates will work together to develop solutions to tackle these challenges using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as their framework
  • The biennially organised conference is in its fifth year with this year’s event being the first virtual YAS event
  • The Youth Ag Summit movement is a community of global young leaders championing sustainable agriculture and food security and working to bridge the understanding gap between those who produce our food and those who consume it

Apply Now

The Youth Ag Summit is open to applications from young people aged 18-25, who are passionate about agriculture, food security, environmental stewardship, world hunger, biotechnology, farming, or animal husbandry.

Applications are now open and close 30 June 2021!

The Faculty of Science is launching a new students as partners initiative called ‘SciConnect’ and we want YOU to be a part of it.

What is SciConnect?

SciConnect is a Social Network Platform for all undergraduate science students, run on MS Teams. The purpose of this site is to create stronger program cohorts, increase communication across the science community and provide an avenue for students to connect with like-minded peers, socialise and get support from other students. Guest appearances from science staff, academics and relevant student services will also be facilitated.

The site will be divided into channels according to programs and Schools. Trained Student Ambassadors will be responsible for leading content and engagement on each channel of the Teams site, which is what we are contacting you about today.

What is a SciConnect Student Ambassador?

This position is an AHEGS accredited role, which will require you, if successful, to act as a Student Ambassador on the SciConnect platform. Your responsibilities could include:

  • Proactively developing and posting content

  • Leading engagement and starting conversation threads

  • Mentoring your peers on your channel

  • Running interactive competitions / events

  • Notifying students of opportunities

  • Involving other staff/student bodies who can offer advice, support and/or services

  • Organising in-person student activities via the site

These responsibilities are just a guide. We want you to add your own unique ideas and flare to your own channel!

There are many benefits to becoming a SciConnect Student Ambassador: Through this role, you will be able to;

  • Contribute to building stronger peer connections across the undergraduate science community and enhance the student experience

  • Facilitate increased accessibility to relevant academic staff, student support services, career and learning opportunities, student societies, different social events and more

  • Assist in reigniting the student experience on campus

  • Gain experience in mentoring and supporting your peers

  • Acquire other lifelong skills that will be transferable to your future and the workplace such as leadership, networking, problem-solving, time management, social and communication skills

If this role sounds like you and you want to help us build a stronger science community, then we want to hear from you!

Further Details:

  • SciConnect will launch in early Term 2

  • If successful, you will be required to act in the student ambassador role till the end of 2021

  • Peer Mentoring training will be provided to all successful applicants (if not already completed)

  • Applications close Sunday June 6th at 11:45pm

Apply Now!

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For any further information about this program and opportunity, please reach out to the Science Education Team at sci.studentexp@unsw.edu.au.

Opportunity for a data science student to intern with start-up Cluey Learning.

Opportunity Type: SCIF3199 work placement - 6 UOC Science or free elective credit (unpaid)

Ideal for: Data Science Students

Deadline: 5pm Monday, May 24, 2021
 

Overview

Cluey Learning is Australia’s largest online school tutoring service. As a research intern, the successful candidate will play a key role in using data analytics to improve the Cluey Learning online learning platform and solve complex business problems.

As a research intern, you will play a key role in using data analytics to improve our online learning platform. You will be responsible for designing and developing insights for student progress, student engagement, and teaching quality. You will play with big data to innovate our product as well as solve complex business problems.

Your responsibilities will involve:

  • Generate learning analytics to understand student learning by interpreting existing data and analysing background research literature.
  • Acquire and clean data from different complex data sets to ensure data quality and data integrity.
  • Interpret and analyse data using statistical techniques.
  • Develop and build regression and predictive models.
  • Communicate and interpret findings to key stakeholders

You will have:

  • The ability to innovate and solve problems independently;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Knowledge of Python, R, or similar programming language;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Knowledge of statistical data analysis and regression models.

This opportunity will give you experience of:

  • Using your problem-solving and analytical thinking skills to innovate online learning.
  • Hands-on experience using data, statistics, and machine learning to solve real-world business problems
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary environment of educators, software engineers, and data scientists.
  • Amazing work culture!
  • A fast-paced work environment – We are a Start-Up after all

Further Details

This part time, unpaid internship will be undertaken as a SCIF3199 Science Work Placement Course (science or free elective) in Term 2, with the flexibility to negotiate work hours.

For more information about SCIF3199, including enrolment eligibility requirements, please click here. Note that you must have space in your program or a science or free elective in order to eligible.

You may direct questions regarding SCIF3199 to science.industry@unsw.edu.au. If you require a progress check (to determine if you have space for a science or free elective), please contact The Nucleus Student Hub

How to Apply

Please email a current CV, cover letter and a copy of your academic transcript to Tony Wang twang@clueylearning.com.

The cover letter should outline your skills relevant to the role and briefly explain why you want to undertake the internship.

Applications close 5pm Monday, May 24, 2021. Please note that the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Working with Children’s Check before commencing the internship.

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, Monday 17th of May

Overview

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)

Projects available on armadillos, microteiid lizards, common stream fish and bat species.  

Habitat Management and Conservation

Projects available on wetland and Atlantic forest conservation

Environmental Education (outreach focus) 

Projects available on children and adult outreach programs 

Cost

Program Fee: Para La Tierra is a not-for-profit organisation. Involvement in the remote internship will cost US$220 - US$260 per month, 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 SCIF3199 (Standard international or domestic CSP rates).

Eligibility

Applications are open to science students studying Ecology, Biology, Geography and Environmental Management. Students must also meet the below requirements for SCIF3199:

- 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 science.industry@unsw.edu.au

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 Monday 17th of May 2021

Tourism Australia and UNSW School of Aviation, in partnership with Cirium, is organising a Data Science Competition on "Sustainable International Air Routes to Australia". 

Further Details

Interdisciplinary teams led by UNSW UG or PG students (up to 8 students) are eligible to enter. The task is to identify and rank international air routes to Australia that are likely most sustainable in the post-COVID travel environment. 

The finalists of the competition will be invited to an exclusive networking event on the 8th June 2021 at the ATE21 Conference, where cash prizes (pool of $3,000) will be awarded by aviation and travel industry executives. Hosted by Tourism Australia, the ATE21 conference will be held in Sydney International Convention Centre in June 2021. The conference will have a dedicated aviation program involving all major Australian airports and 20+ airlines. 

Apply Now

Go to: https://www.aviation.unsw.edu.au/data-science-competition

This is a fantastic opportunity for Aviation and Data science students; however, all science students are welcome to apply and form interdisciplinary teams.

Key Dates

Registration closes: 29th May 2021

Access to datasets: from 9th May 2021

Submission of video recording of presentation & copy of slides: 1st June 2021

Finalists announced: June 6th and invited to ATE21 networking event.

Winners announced: 8th June at 6pm at ATE21 networking event.

Unique opportunity for ONE student to join The University of Tokyo's International Satellite Design Project, where students have the opportunity to learn about satellite design and spacecraft engineering while working on a conceptual design for a space mission.

Opportunity Type: Co-curricular Program

Ideal for: Physics Students

Further Details

Participants are placed into teams to develop conceptual designs for space missions and technology, while also participating in design contests and competitions. A vacancy has recently opened up on an ISDP team. This team is developing a concept for a mission to observe the Van Allen belts, and will participate in both the Satellite Design Contest and International Space Challenge in 2021.

No experience or specific knowledge about space engineering is necessary, although a solid understanding of basic science, engineering and mathematics would be advantageous. Due to contest requirements, participants must be;

  • Born in or after 1996
  • Available from 11:25 until 13:10 AEST on Thursdays for regular online seminars
  • Expected to commit to participating in this project for the remainder of 2021

Questions?

Please email Assistant Professor Matt Richardson richardson@cce.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp for more information and to register your interest. 

There is only one spot available so get in quick.

Join the Western Sydney University National Innovation Games, a virtual hack-a-thon inspired challenge!

If you’re passionate about creating equal opportunity for women in STEM and want to support women to develop skills for now and the future, then this is the challenge for you!

Further Details

You will work with businesses to develop tangible solutions to support women of all ages in overcoming the barriers to STEM-related careers. 20 innovation teams will be formed, each including a diverse mix of tertiary students, graduates, trainees and PhDs. Your allocated team will include a representative from Western Sydney University, employers, and other experts.

When is the event?

  • Wednesday the 12th and Thursday the 13th of May 2021.
    By registering for the National Innovation Games, you will also participate in Paddl’s Impact Accelerator Program over the week, including:
  • Monday the 10th of May: Join a one-hour session in a ‘Day of Inspiration’ - network with your allocated business in preparation for the Games.
  • Friday the 14th of May: ‘Getting Down to Business’ - join us for an afternoon of networking.

Where is the event?

Join from anywhere! The Games and Accelerator Program will be run virtually.

Register Now!

National Innovation Games - Student events | MQ Sydney

No prior experience or skills required; all with a willingness to contribute are welcome!

Are you an ambitious female student who is currently in their penultimate year of study?

If so, APPLY NOW for the 2021 Macquarie Group Female Business Series!

Further Details

Macquarie Group’s Female Business Series includes workshops, information sessions and networking events targeted at helping female university students position them well for the upcoming recruitment season. The events are designed to raise awareness of opportunities within the banking and finance industry and to provide students with skills to help them succeed. 

Successful applicants will be offered a place in a three-part series to develop their employability skills, while also gaining insight into potential career opportunities at Macquarie Group.

You will also have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with current employees from Macquarie Group.

Event Details:

Part 1: Wednesday 12 May 2021

Part 2: Thursday 27 May 2021

Part 3: Friday 11 June 2021

Location: Zoom (with the possibility for in-person events)

 

Applications are now open and close Sunday 02 May.

See the link below to apply and for further information.

https://careers.macquarie.com/en/job/956959/2021-female-business-series

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

Overview

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

Questions?

Please contact WIL Central via wil.central@unsw.edu.au 

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. 

Overview

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

Overview

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.

Questions?

This programme is offered via the Study Abroad Office. Please direct questions about the programme to: advisor4globaled@unsw.edu.au

If you require assistance is securing a academic reference letter (for your application), please contact science.industry@unsw.edu.au.  

Apply Now

1. Students should register their interest at http://unsw.aglobal.education/st-application by 9:00am 8th of March 2021.

2. Apply to SURP via http://www.summer.cuhk.edu.hk/surp_app/ 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!  

Overview

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: https://student.unsw.edu.au/insidesherpa

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. 

Overview

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.