Mechatronic engineering student conducting research
Study area_

Engineering Vacation Research Internship Program

Jumpstart your engineering research career
Our Engineering Vacation Research Internship Program is designed to provide valuable research experience and is open to those students interested in pursuing a research career at a university or in industry.

Our Engineering Vacation Research Internship Program offers engineering, computer science and project management research experience by working on real projects alongside respected and accomplished key researchers at the University of Sydney.

You'll be working and interacting with fellow students interested in pursuing a career in research and have access to a suite of research training and workshops.

By participating in a research program with us, you'll:

  • work with area experts and renowned researchers within the Faculty of Engineering on real life engineering, computer science and project management research projects;
  • develop and improve not only your research skills, but also effective communication, project and time management skills, and critical analysis;
  • attend a suite of research workshops that will prepare yourself for a future research career; and
  • be part of a network and community of researchers in engineering, computer science and project management.

Our research program is open each summer and winter to students currently enrolled at an Australian University. 

So whether you're interested in pursuing a research career at a university or in industry, we encourage you to explore our research offerings in engineering, computer science, project management, and our digital sciences initiative.

    Summer program: 4 December to 9 February (approximately 8 weeks) - Applications open 9 August 2023

    Winter program: June to July, 2024 (approximately 6 weeks)

To be eligible to apply, you need to:

  • be an enrolled undergraduate or postgraduate coursework student at the University of Sydney or another Australian university*
  • have achieved a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 75 (or equivalent) in your most recent undergraduate or postgraduate coursework academic transcript
  • have completed at least 96 credit points (or equivalent) at the time of application (for undergraduate applicants)
  • have completed at least two years of a bachelor's degrees or be enrolled in a master's degree, and
  • have the background knowledge, skills and experience required for your nominated research projects.

*Students applying from Australian universities other than the University of Sydney must be an Australian Permanent Resident or Australian Citizen.

Postgraduate coursework students who are in their first semester of postgraduate studies must provide the academic transcript from their undergraduate degree. Postgraduate students who have completed their first semester must provide their most recent postgraduate academic transcript.

Applications will be assessed on a range of factors, including:

  • academic merit
  • your responses to the application questions, and
  • your interest in both research and the specific research project you are applying to, and what you hope to achieve from participating in the program.

Applications are assessed by a selection committee.

Applications for the summer program closed on Sunday 3rd September.

All applicants will be considered for a scholarship. A selection committee will review and select recipients for the Scholarship.

Scholarships are valued at $500-$600 per week for up to 6 or 8 weeks and is awarded subject to completing mid-project and final submission requirements as outlined by the project supervisor.

  • Faculty of Engineering Vacation Research Internship Program Scholarship is valued at $500 per week for up to 6 weeks during winter and 8 weeks during summer.
  • Digital Sciences Initiative (DSI)* Scholarship is valued at $500 per week for up to 8 weeks during summer.
  • Tom Yim Scholarship is valued at $600 per week for up to 8 weeks. Open to Sydney University students only and only available during the summer program.

The Digital Sciences Initiative (DSI) was launched in 2020 to help industry, society and government in NSW and Australia seize the opportunity to be a global leader in the digital revolution. The DSI scholarships will provide the necessary skills and training to students to advance their digital technologies careers.

More information

Please contact us for more information via

Linji Chen

Linji Chen
"Besides technical and academic knowledge, the Engineering Vacation Research Internship Program also helps develop valuable skills such as effective communication, time management and presentation."
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) candidate

Simran Sethi

Simran Sethi
"The Engineering Vacation Research Internship Program allowed me to pursue my research interests in the environment and the energy sector. I worked alongside researchers on a project assessing the techno-economic feasibilities of different carbon dioxide monitoring techniques and obtained new communication and analytical skills, which has provided a good foundation for my thesis and potential PhD"
Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Chemical and Biomolecular)