Research Internships

Engineering Research

Do you want to turn theory into practice while building, fostering, and enhancing professional contacts and networks in industry?

The University of Adelaide is offering a funded research internship which will ultimately help you build critical skills and expertise, while providing a strong complement to your academic studies and a head start for your future employment opportunities, not only in higher education but across all sectors and parts of our communities.

Information for students

  • Eligibility and requirements

    • Students must be enrolled in a PhD or Professional Doctorate by Research program at the University of Adelaide and be within their first 18 months of candidature.
    • Students must be progressing satisfactorily in candidature and not have previously received funding from the University of Adelaide for participation in a research internship.
    • International students must be able to complete the proposed internship and doctoral degree within the student visa duration (where applicable).
    • All students completing a research internship are required to complete the CaRST ‘Preparing for your Research Internship’ course prior to commencement.
    • The internship must be a minimum of 60 full-time days in duration/ minimum of three calendar months and can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis. Mode of attendance can vary, i.e. full-time block, set days per week, part-time, face-to-face or virtual.
    • The research internship/Research and Development activities must be related to the student’s area of research. 
  • Additional information

    • The University of Adelaide offers all PhD students completing an eligible research internship a 3-month research internship scholarship
    • The completion of an AGRS-approved research internships will receive official recognition from the University of Adelaide and will be reflected as a statement on the academic transcript.
    • Prior to the internship, an agreement covering intellectual property (IP) will be executed by all parties. Typically, students will assign any project and internship IP to the industry partner, while any background research IP will be retained by the student/University.
  • Register to start your internship journey

    If you are a student that has self-sourced an internship, identified an internship opportunity with your supervisor or require assistance from the Internships Team, please complete the Student Registration of Interest form and our team will contact you regarding the next steps.

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Information for partner organisations and principal supervisors

  • Overview of Research Internships

    The research internship is developed in collaboration between the student, the supervisor and the partner organisation. Research & Development (R&D) activities to be undertaken by the HDR student during the research internship must be mutually agreed by all parties.

    The activities should be related to the student’s area of research, reflect both the interests of the partner organisation and offer a professional development opportunity for the student. The student’s ability, access to resources and time allocated for education and mentoring should all be considered.

    The duration of research internships is 3 calendar months (equivalent to 60 days) and can be completed part-time or full-time. Longer internships require financial support by the Partner Organisation.

    Prior to commencing the internship, important documentation covering intellectual property (IP) will be executed by all parties. Typically, the internship IP is held by the partner organisation, while any background research IP is retained by the relevant party.

  • Register now

    Is your organisation interested in finding out more about Research Internships or do you already have an internship and student in mind? If you are a partner organisation or PhD Supervisor, please complete the form and we will contact you to discuss the next steps.

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Frequently asked questions

  • How long are research internships?

    Research internships are normally for 3 calendar months (equivalent to 60 working days) in duration. Longer internships require financial support by the Partner Organisation.

  • What is my financial obligation as a Partner Organisation?

    There is no required financial contribution for standard duration internships (of 3 months/60 working days). If you are interested in hosting an internship for a longer period, a pro rata contribution based on the current University of Adelaide scholarship stipend rate ($28,854 per annum in 2022) is requested.

  • How are the internships developed?

    Internships are developed in collaboration between the Partner Organisation, the University supervisors and the student.

    If you are a University supervisor or Partner Organisation interested in establishing a new internship, please contact the HDR Research Internships team at: hdr_internships@adelaide.edu.au

  • How will my Intellectual Property (IP) be protected?

    Prior to the internship, an agreement including intellectual property (IP) will be executed by all parties. Typically, the internship IP is held by the partner organisation, while any background research IP is retained by the relevant party.

Further enquiries

For any other enquiries please contact:

HDR Internships