APR Internship for PhD Candidates

APR]ntern -Australian Postgraduate Research Internships

Available APR]ntern Internships

APR.Intern is the only national all sector – all discipline internship program placing PhD students into industry.

A not-for-profit program, APR.Intern is open to women and men with an emphasis on gender equity, domestic, regional and disadvantaged PhD students into STEM internships.

APR.Intern provides PhD students with the opportunity to apply their research expertise to a short-term 3-5 month project, whilst gaining invaluable experience in an industry setting.

The program’s industry partners include ANZ, Telstra, Defence Science and Technology Group, Office of the Chief Scientist and more. Read about the impact APR.Intern PhDs have made when matched with industry here.

Details about the program can be found on the APR.Intern webpage.

In brief:

  • The scheme will be open to currently enrolled full and part-time domestic and international PhD Candidates who have passed their Confirmation of Candidature and are able to demonstrate that participation in the internship will not adversely impact on their scheduled thesis submission date. Internships for international PhD Candidates will not qualify for the 50% government rebate.
  • Eligible industries will span the entire innovation sector including not-for-profits, government departments, publicly funded research agencies (PFRAs), small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and big business. Overseas industry partners will be eligible as long as appropriate academic mentorship can be arranged. Overseas industry partners will not be able to claim the 50% government rebate.
  • Each 5-month internship is valued at $26k, of which $3k per month are a stipend for the intern; $5.5k go to the Academic Mentor for their support and supervision and $5.5k go towards the administrative costs of the program. Program costs will be covered by the industry partner. Eligible industry partners will receive a 50% rebate from the Australian Government, bringing the overall project costs to $13k for a 5-month internship.

Contact at JCU

Mr Michael Koczyrkewycz from the GRS will provide student and industry support for the APR.Intern program at JCU, as well as align contract administration and candidate management with HDR supervisory and college requirements. Michael can be contacted by email (GRS@jcu.edu.au or m.koczyrkewycz@aprintern.org.au) or on 0412 860 824.

How do I become an intern?

(1) Applying for an advertised internship position


(2) Submitting an application with a specific industry partner

If you already know who you want to do your internship with and you have discussed this opportunity with your industry partner, you can submit a general application. Please fill out an EOI here and Michael will get in touch.

Internship Subject and Candidature Management

APR Interns are required to be enrolled in Internship Subject RD7004 for the duration of the internship.  Please read the RD7004 HDR Internship Subject Outline for more information.

Success stories of former TropINTERN candidates

Do you want to know what different types of Internships the program has funded? What was the interns' experience? Read some of our success stories below.