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Block internships 2019

Applying research skills to industry


Research and industry collaboration is key to discovering new opportunities and solving global issues. Bringing together industry partners, students and academic supervisors in collaboration, internships provide the opportunity to apply research expertise to cutting-edge industry developments.

We’ve partnered with Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern to facilitate internship opportunities for our PhD students. APR Intern is Australia's only graduate research internship program with internships across all disciplines and sectors. Student interns have the opportunity to apply their PhD skills to industry-focused projects in all disciplines. Project outputs include literature reviews, program logic frameworks, skills gap analyses, and a psychological screening tool.

In 2019, we’re introducing the Block Internship program. This program offers a number of internships exclusive to Monash University.

2019 participating faculties:

  • Arts
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Science

PhD students

Create real-world impact with your research skills and expertise, by taking up an internship.

You can benefit from:

  • putting your research skills and theory to practice
  • boosting your employability and fast-tracking your career (35% of internships continue to full-time employment)
  • expanding your networks
  • contributing to industry
  • receiving financial support (stipend) over the duration of the internship (3-5 months)

By taking up an internship, you must:

  • be a currently enrolled Monash PhD student, and remain actively enrolled during the internship
  • have completed your confirmation milestone
  • have sufficient candidature remaining, and be on track to submit your thesis by the due date (you may be able to apply for an extension to your thesis submission)

Interested in participating? Submit an expression of interest for:

  • Any of the current projects below
  • An internship project you propose to take up with your supervisor and industry partner

Submit expression of interest

Available projects

Here are projects currently available to apply for:

    • Optimising the cablebolt pre-tensioning practice to control roadway roof failure using advanced combined axial and shear testing facility

      Industry Partner: Australian Coal Association Research Program
      Principal Supervisor: Hossein Masoumi
      Faculty: Engineering

    • Partnering Geophysical Strata Rating (GSR) and numerical modelling for optimum characterisation of rock mass in open cut coal mines to improve slope design and stability

      Industry Partner: Australian Coal Association Research Program
      Principal Supervisor: Hossein Masoumi
      Faculty: Engineering


    Contribute your research expertise to a PhD internship.

    As a supervisor, you can benefit from:

    • expanding your research and industry collaborations (60% of internships have resulted in ongoing collaboration)
    • gaining competitiveness for funding (eg. identifying potential grant projects and access to funding streams)
    • attracting research talent
    • receiving a mentor fee which goes towards your research income
    • supporting your student's employability beyond their PhD

    Have industry connections you'd like to collaborate with on an internship project? Contact your faculty to participate in this program.

    Industry partners

    Champion change and drive innovation in your industry by partnering with us on a research internship.

    As our industry partner, you can benefit from:

    • filling a skills gap with the research expertise of our PhD student and their academic mentor
    • gaining rapid results in a short span of time (3-5 months)
    • flexibility of projects (full-time or part-time)
    • Intellectual Property (IP) licence
    • avoiding payroll or insurance cover as a paid employee would (the University will cover administration)
    • identifying new talent for your organisation

    Contact us

    Monash Graduate Research Office