Our Student Industry Placement & Internship Program offers you the opportunity to host some of Queensland’s brightest young scientific minds.

Students obtain valuable practical experience as industry interns and gain credit towards their degree, and your organisation benefits from an extra team member.

By hosting a student intern, you can:

  • trial potential future employees with minimal direct costs
  • take on additional projects cost-effectively
  • access current UQ technical knowledge and expertise
  • inject fresh ideas and innovation into your organisation.

Sign up as a host

To register your interest, or for more information, contact Associate Professor Vito Ferro.

How the program works

Depending on the student’s level of study, projects typically involve them solving a technical or operational problem or producing a report of their findings.

An academic supervisor from our School will support your intern throughout their placement, and UQ covers insurance liabilities.

Placements are typically unpaid, but you can provide a stipend if you feel it’s appropriate.

If required, you can co-sign a formal agreement with UQ to cover confidentiality and intellectual property concerns.

Internship types

Professional doctorate students

  • Compulsory, one semester full-time (up to 13 weeks) industry placement/internship.
  • Identify a technical or production problem or new product opportunities for a biotechnology company.
  • Develop a product development plan (with sensitivity analyses and rate of return projections) or a process/production/organisational solution (including projected cost savings and implementation schedule for the company).
  • Students typically have a science background and have completed business and/or commercialisation training to prepare them for placement. 

Postgraduate coursework (master's) students

  • Compulsory, one semester (up to 13 weeks) industry placement/internship – full-time or part-time.
  • Undertake a technical research project, often focusing on product or process imperatives, or undertake work that involves any aspect of the industry partner’s operations and can be paper-based (review of the regulatory landscape around a new product) or hands-on (process optimisation).
  • Students typically have a biotechnology or biological sciences background (occasionally chemistry).

Honours students

  • Compulsory, one-year research project.
  • Generally technical in nature; paper-based projects with a commercial or management focus are also possible.
  • Must be suitable as preparatory training for research higher degree studies and have the potential to lead to publication(s) or be the foundation for further collaborative research.
  • Students come from a range of science backgrounds.

Undergraduate students

  • Optional summer internship (8 to 12 weeks) from November to February for second- and third-year students.
  • Minimum requirement of 1 to 2 days a week for 8 weeks (students may seek to extend this).
  • Undertake technical or paper-based projects, with a focus on research and development, depending on the needs of the company.
  • Project reports are due at the end of summer semester (mid-late January).
  • Students come from a range of science backgrounds.

Watch our video

Want to host a UQ intern?

Medical Senior Engineer Eddie Mills and UQ Graduate Ann Damien talk about the benefits of student industry placements (YouTube, 1m:27s).