The TropINTERN program can be utilised by Industry partners wishing to engage with HDR Candidates by having them as an intern within their organisation. The aim of the program is to promote better engagement between HDR researchers and industry, and industry to better leverage the broad and varied skill sets our HDR Candidates possess. Industry partners can be anyone from a small business to a large multinational company or not-for-profit organisation - anyone who would benefit from accessing skilled researchers.

TropINTERN is a program which is very flexible in terms of internship duration and financial arrangement, but with the structure behind it to ensure success (see below subject outline.) To discuss opportunities please contact

Individual document sections (pdf forms):

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.

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

A not-for-profit program, 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.


An Australian Government 90% rebate is now available to all Australian businesses that place a domestic PhD student – this brings down the cost of a 3-month research project to just $2,000.These internships are supported by the Australian Government, through its ‘Supporting more women in STEM careers: Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) – National Research Internships Program (NRIP)’.

Project cost includes a $3,000 per month student scholarship, a one-off $5,500 academic mentor fee and a one-off $5,500 project management fee.

3-month internship normally $20,000; only $2,000 with 90% rebate
4-month internship normally $23,000; only $2,300 with 90% rebate
5-month internship normally $26,000; only $2,600 with 90% rebate

*Internships can be signed up until 31 March 2021, for completion by 31 August 2021

*90% rebate will only be granted to industry partners once all agreed milestones and reporting outlined in the project contract are completed and approved by APR.Intern. PhD student must be domestic and have full-time or part-time enrolment status at an Australian university.

International Students: From 1 January 2021,  a 50% industry rebate on projects with international students under the Australian Government’s National Research Internships Program will be offered.

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.

Candidates need to:

  1. Have completed their Confirmation of Candidature Milestone
  2. Their Primary advisor needs to be in agreement that they do the internship
  3. They shouldn’t be overdue to submit their thesis (if they are, they can still do the internship but submit thesis first, then do it while thesis is being examined.)
  4. Domestic candidates have their candidature put on hold during the internship. However, International candidates may have to undertake the internship without the candidature being put on hold because of visa conditions. Please speak to the GRS about this.

For further information on the APR Intern program please contact the APR Intern Business Development Officer (QLD),

Michael Koczyrkewycz by email or phone 0412 860 824.

For general information related to internships at JCU please contact:

Fiona Whittenbury, HDR  Partnership Development at