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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 current students enrolled at any Australian or from a top-500 international university according to the latest QS World University Rankings

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 engineeringcomputer science and project management.

Applications for the Summer 2021-22 Vacation Research Internship Program (December – February) will open on 2 September 2021. 

    Winter program - June to August (approximately 6 weeks) - Applications open in April

    Summer program - December to February (approximately 8 weeks) - Applications open in September

To be eligible to apply, you need to:

  • be an enrolled undergraduate or postgraduate coursework student of 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. Overseas undergraduate candidates must be on track for first class honours or equivalent (for candidates who are studying at an overseas university); and
  • have the background knowledge, skills and experience required for your nominated research projects.


Applications will be assessed on a range of factors including academic merit and your responses to the application questions, demonstrating an 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 committe.

Applications will open on Thursday 2 September 2021 and close on 11.59pm on Thursday 23 September 2021. 

Limited Scholarship funding is available for Summer 2021-22. 

All applicants will be considered for a placement in the programs. However, as we have limited funding for scholarships, a selection committee will review and select recipients for the Scholarship. 

The Scholarship is valued at between $500-$600 per week for the duration of the program (i.e. maximum 8 weeks for Summer 2021-22) and is awarded subject to completing mid-project and final submission requirements as outlined by the project supervisor. 

Due to limited funding, not all students offered a placement will receive a scholarship. 

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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 summer research program allowed me to pursue my research interests in the environment and the energy sector. I worked alongside seasoned academics 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 Engineering)