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Industry programs and internships

Gain the experience to kickstart your career
We partner with industry to give students work experience, internships, and study programs, improving your employability skills while you study.

Studying science opens up a world of opportunities. Whether you aspire to lead the way in scientific research, cultivate your analytical and critical thinking skills, or contribute to making the world a better place, we have a range of internships and placements available. 

Our industry programs and internships enable you to gain valuable experience and build a network that can help jumpstart your career. Many of these opportunities can also count towards your degree. 

Our industry partnerships with organizations such as MAURI, Harris Farms Markets, Kantar, GMP Pharmaceuticals, AGL Energy, National Measurement Institute Australia, ANSTO Minerals, NSW Parliament, Westpac, and PwC Australia have led to students securing jobs, developing crucial skills, and establishing connections in their chosen fields.

As part of the Food and Agribusiness degree, all fourth year students complete a 6-week industry internship. You will consolidate and contextualise the knowledge and skills in applied science and business that you have gained in the food and agribusiness stream in an authentic practical setting. 

Multinational corporations to boutique breweries are involved in providing internship opportunities to students, with roles available in the production, processing, distribution, marketing, research and development, policy-making or regulation of agri-food products.

Second year chemistry students can choose to spend their third year of study in full-time employment in the chemical industry or a government scientific laboratory as part of our Year in Industry program. This program allows students to undertake their third year of study in full-time employment in the chemical industry or a government scientific laboratory, with work ranging from analysing industrial chemicals to the testing of new pharmaceutical products. 

Final year Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students undertake clinical rotations through a variety of career option placements. As a student intern you will complete rotations at our University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals and with our Partners in Veterinary Education. Core placements are within the areas of small animal practice, rural mixed practice and government agencies. Elective rotations may be in a wide variety of areas and enable you to focus on particular career interests such as government, industry, research specialist practice, equine and wildlife.

Industry and Community Project Units are 6 credit point units at the 3000 level and 12 credit point units at the 4000 level, that provide you with the opportunity to work on authentic problems and issues set out by industry, community and government organisations. These projects take place locally in Sydney throughout the year, as well as internationally during the winter break. 

Some examples of projects include: 

  • Adobe – Big data big insights 

  • Allianz – Reducing our digital and carbon emissions 

  • Bridge Housing – Community engagement of social and affordable housing residents

  • Elizabeth Broderick and Co – Putting intersectionality at the heart of gender equality policies 

  • Gilbert and Tobin – Towards a sustainable energy transition 

  • PTW Architects – Building for a sustainable future  

  • Singapore Airlines – Excelling in an Australian market 

  • TATA India – The future of automotive and mobility  

  • Westpac – Using digital technologies to improve user experience

  • Youth Justice NSW – Multicultural practice and outcomes in the youth justice system 

High-achieving students in our Dalyell Scholars program have the opportunity to work with our researchers on real research projects during their studies, providing a launching pad into a career as a scientist in their chosen field.

We offer a range of special career programs and events run throughout the year. Our science career events bring together academics and industry leaders to discuss jobs across different sectors and how to get them. Visit our CareerHub to see what events are on. 

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