Science internship program
In your internship you will complete a project as part of working within a host organisation. The project will be relevant to them and will give you the opportunity to network and gain professional skills within an organisation that interests you, as well as earning credit towards your coursework degree.
Internship projects are available at different levels, to undergraduates (SCNC 2000 and SCNC 3000), and postgraduates (SCNC 8000). To be eligible for an internship, you must have at least a Distinction average across Science subjects.
For more information on internships for research candidates (PhD) please view the Science, Health & Medicine HDR Internships page.
We offer 6 and 12 unit internships (the equivalent of one or two courses). You can either work for 1-2 days a week for a semester (~90 hours with the host for a 6 unit internship) or you can negotiate to study intensively for a few weeks during semester breaks. During the break you would work 4-5 days per week over 3 or 4 weeks.
Science internship study guide
Internship timeline/checklist for students
Frequent asked questions
Am I eligible for an internship?
- Domestic and international students may apply.
- You must have completed a minimum of 72 units with at least a Distinction average in Science courses.
- Postgraduate students require approval from their Postgraduate Program Convener.
- Selection may include an interview.
- Additional selection criteria may be set by the host organisation.
Do I get paid?
No, as you are getting credit towards your degree these internships are unpaid.
Can I get course credit for my internship?
Yes, subject to the following:
- The project must be able to count towards your degree.
- The project is approved by an ANU supervisor and the Internship Course Convenor.
- You successfully complete the academic requirements of the course.
Can I take more than one internship during my degree?
No, you may only enrol in one Science internship course (SCNC2000/3000/8000) once in your degree.
Are internships guaranteed?
No, the number of internships is limited and they are highly competitive. But we will make sure we help you in any way we can to find a suitable organisation to intern with.
How to apply*
Follow these steps to apply for a science internship. The process is slightly different depending on whether the placement is advertised or you find it yourself.
1. Express your interest
Submit an Expression of Interest form (EoI) to confirm your eligibility for the course. To be eligible you must have a Distinction average in your program and have completed a minimum of 72 units by the time of placement. Postgraduate applicants are required to have completed 24 units and have approval from the Program Convener and the Supervisor.
For Summer/Semester 1, 2023 advertised projects, EoI's will open 8 September and close on 2 October. As additional placements may become available up to the closing date, you may express multiple EoI's. Please note that your new EoI will supersede your previous EoI.
*For the Esri Australia project on "Flood Analysis and the Effects on a Community" only, do not submit an EOI; email your resume and one-page Statement of Interest and Suitability directly to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8 Nov. To be eligible you must have a Distinction average in your program and have completed a minimum of 72 units by the time of placement.
*For the ANU Investment (Pension Liabilities), meriSTEM and Food2Soil projects with a closing date of 6 Dec, do not submit an EOI; email your resume and one-page Statement of Interest and Suitability directly to email@example.com by 6 Dec. To be eligible you must have a Distinction average in your program and have completed a minimum of 72 units by the time of placement. If you are a Postgraduate Coursework student, you must have approval from your Postgraduate Program Convener.
2. Complete your application
After you receive confirmation of your eligibility from the Science Internships Office, complete your application by following the link sent to you via email and upload your resume, one-page Statement of Interest and Suitability and any other documents as advised by the Science Internships Office. For Summer/Semester 1, 2023 advertised projects, these documents will be due 9 October.
For advertised internships, applications will be forwarded to the Host Organisation for consideration.
For self-sourced internships, we must confirm the suitability of the project. You will not be eligible for enrolment for a self-sourced internship until you have received formal approval from the Internship Course Convener.
3. Attend the interview
For advertised internships: you may be asked to attend an interview, and we will notify you if you are successful.
For self-sourced internships: we will inform you if your project is approved.
If you are successful or approved for an internship, we will send you the Student Internship Schedule, Student Deed Poll, and Student Application for Enrolment Change forms for completion. Final approval is conditional on you finding an ANU supervisor.
4. Complete documentation
The following forms must be completed before you can begin your placement:
- Student Internship Schedule
- Student Deed Poll
- Student Application for Enrolment Change form
- WHS Risk Assessment
Scan and email the student forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must receive approval from both ANU and the Host Organisation before you can enrol in the internship course and commence your internship.
5. Enrolment and induction
Once all signatures and approvals have been received, Science Student Services will enrol you in the internship course. After enrolment, you may then proceed to commence the internship as outlined in the Internship Schedule. You must attend any Internship Induction sessions as advised by ANU or the Host Organisation. If you are undertaking an internship in Summer/Semester 1, 2023, you must attend an ANU induction session (via Zoom) on 22 Nov, 2022, 9.30am - 11.30am or 2 Dec 2022, 11am - 1pm.