Gain real-world insights and crucial research skills by undertaking an internship, placement or project with our School or in industry.

Science is about working with others towards a common goal, and industry experiences enable you to put theory into practice, build relationships with potential employers and mentors, and test career options.

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences internships

By volunteering for one of our research or service groups as an SCMB intern, you’ll learn about collaboration, communication and cooperation while you work with our expert staff and researchers.

You can count your participation towards attainment of the UQ Employability Award, which recognises the enhanced experience and skillset you developed on the program.

Internships are aimed at second- and third-year students but you can apply as a first year.

What’s involved

You’ll spend 100 voluntary hours (during at least two semesters) learning and performing routine techniques and other tasks.

Your internship won't be tied to a research project or course - instead, your activities and tasks will have more of a work experience feel.

You’ll work with your group between scheduled classes and in semester breaks, at times arranged with your supervisor.


You will:

  • gain experience in, and contribute to, the work of a research or service group
  • develop enhanced skills in lab techniques, study and experimental design, data collection and project management
  • spend time consistently, and over a long period of time, with members of a research or service group
  • develop useful mentor relationships with staff and HDR students
  • get a head start in scientific training and pave the way for improved outcomes in honours and HDR (including scholarship and publication applications).

How to apply

Find a potential supervisor on our people pages and then ask them if they have space for an SCMB student intern.

If you have questions about the program, email our coursework administration team at

Industry placements and internships

Eligible second-year, third-year, honours and postgraduate coursework students can undertake internships and projects, some with a research focus, with our industry partners.

Our industry partners offer several research-focused internships and projects to eligible second-year, third-year, honours and postgraduate coursework students.

See the 'industry projects' section in our available projects booklets for available opportunities.

Watch our video

Thinking about an industry placement?

UQ Biotechnology alumnus Ann Damien shares her story (YouTube, 1m:36s).