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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.

Eligibility may depend on scholarship, visa and other individual candidature details. You must have submitted your Research Proposal and achieved your Confirmation of Candidature, before you can apply for an internship.

Students must gain approval before undertaking any internship, work-integrated learning (WIL) and/or placement, with a Research End-User. Please apply for leave for your internship by completing an Application for Leave to Engage with a Research End-User (LV-REU). You will need to attach full details of the proposed internship and confirmation of your supervisor and School approval of the internship.

For most internships the criteria stipulate that you must remain enrolled full-time in your HDR course during the period of the internship, your candidature will not be changed and your final date of submission will not be altered. You will need to continue to meet the milestones in your candidature.

Scholarship holders must read their scholarship conditions to determine if their sponsor would permit participation in an internship, and if so, how the internship may impact on your candidature and living allowance. You must provide formal written evidence of approval from your scholarship sponsors (if outside UWA).

Paid Professional Development (PPD) Leave can only be used for short-term employment and not for an internship.

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. You will need the approval of your supervisor and GRC, and be consistently up to date with milestones in your candidature.
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
All paperwork, including related agreements and approvals, must be attached to the Application for Leave to Engage with Research End-User (LV-REU) and submitted to the GRS well before leave for the internship commences, as leave will not normally be approved retrospectively. If the internship incorporates overseas travel, an Overseas Travel form must also be submitted. If you are in receipt of a tuition fee scholarship or stipend scholarship, other than an RTP tuition fee scholarship and stipend, you must also provide formal written evidence of approval from your scholarship sponsors.
5. Report your internship

Most internship agreements will require a Final Report, Executive Summary or Reflection at the end of the internship to illustrate the educational/experiential learning outcomes for the intern and/or the impact on the REU (any intellectual property associated with the research does not need to be included in this report). This report will be added as a milestone to your candidature and must be submitted to the GRS, usually within 30 days of completing the internship.

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 REU. You must make sure that you report the details of any internships with an REU in your next Annual Report (APR).

Other Industry Engagement 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, training in transferable skills to prepare for working with an REU and more. Some training programs will be delivered within the University, others are recognised by the University but delivered externally by another educational institution or by an REU. Please report on all manner of REU engagements to the GRS.