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Research Internships with Industry

Explore career opportunities by engaging in internships with research end-users across a range of industry or business sectors, including government agencies.

The ‘future of work’ requires a skilled and knowledgeable workforce that is well prepared for the changing global economy. Research internships offer valuable training that is not available on the UWA campus but typically performed in 'real-world' work locations, providing interns with a better understanding of career options and work environments and enabling them to apply analytical research expertise to an industry project.

Research internships may be paid or unpaid and can last for a few weeks or up to several months.

Internship process

1. Find an appropriate research internship
You will need to assess how well the internship meets your needs. Links to suitable existing internship programs, both within UWA and external to UWA, are provided below. You should also become familiar with the websites of organisations related to your discipline that may at times advertise internship opportunities. Many students choose to arrange their own internship with an appropriate industry partner. Please note that while the Graduate Research School will advertise available internships, the Graduate Research School does not organise internships for you - it is up to you to arrange your own.
2. Discuss possible internships with your supervisor and an industry partner
Your internship should be related to your field of research to gain maximal benefit from career development and to explore possible practical applications of your research. You should be motivated by a professional interest in the work and evaluate technical, academic and practical issues and have the capacity to participate fully.
3. Check your milestone paperwork is up to date
Leave for internships will not be approved if you have any outstanding milestones. You can find instructions for how to check your milestones here.
4. Submit a LV-REU form to the GRS
Any documentation or signed agreement should be appended to the Application for Leave to engage with Research End-User (LV-REU) form . If the internship incorporates overseas travel, an Overseas Travel form must also be submitted.
5. Report your internship
You must make sure that you report the details of any internships in your next annual report.

Leave for Internships

Students must apply for leave before undertaking any internship, work-integrated learning (WIL) and/or placement, with a Research End-User. Please use the Application for Leave to engage with Research End-User (LV-REU) form provided below.

Any period of leave to engage with a research end-user will be included in the total period of candidature. Scholarship holders must read their Scholarship conditions to determine if it is more appropriate to apply for a suspension of candidature/scholarship. You may prefer to suspend both scholarship and candidature to undertake an internship, but you must note that for some internships the criteria will stipulate that you must remain enrolled full-time during the period of the internship.

  1. Students with RTP Stipend Scholarships

    If you are in receipt of a Research Training Program (RTP) stipend, and have submitted your Research Proposal, you can apply for an internship.

    1. For an unpaid internship will not need to suspend your scholarships and candidature, but the period of leave will not result in an extension of the original end date of your scholarships.
    2. For paid internships your scholarship payments will be suspended for the duration of the internship. If the student remains enrolled during the internship, at the discretion of the GRS, this period will not be deducted from the scholarship tenure.
    3. Paid Professional Development (PPD) Leave can be used only for short-term employment and thus not for an internship.
  2. All other students

    If you are required to remain enrolled full-time in your PhD during the internship your candidature will not be changed and your final date of submission will not be altered. If you are in receipt of a tuition fee scholarship or stipend scholarship, other than an RTP tuition fee scholarship and stipend, you should check the conditions of your scholarship to determine if you are able to participate in an internship, and if so, how the internship may impact on your candidature and living allowance. When you apply for leave for an internship, you will need to attach details of the proposed internship and confirmation of your school’s approval of the internship.

Internship Reporting

UWA must report to the government all HDR student engagement with research end-users (REU), including internships. REU are defined as an individual, community or organisation external to academia that will directly use or directly benefit from the output, outcome or results of the research. Organisations include businesses, government, non-governmental organisations, communities and community organisations. Universities and their affiliates or subsidiaries are not classed as research end-users.

Report your internship here.

Other Industry Opportunities

In addition to research internships, there are other ways to engage with industry during your candidature. These opportunities include mentoring and innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation programs.