Work experience for secondary students

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Please note that the 2022 Work Experience Program is subject to change depending on government and health advice at the time.

About our program:

Each year, more than 50 secondary school students are taken into our laboratories for a week-long placement to experience what the life of a research scientist is really like. These placements enable secondary students (15 years of age or older) to gain an insight into careers in biomedical research by allowing them to observe and participate (subject to safety considerations) in the activities of a research laboratory.

The Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute is a research-intensive institute and our scientists focus on fundamental research questions surrounding health and disease. Consequently, students who can show a passion for science and future careers in research will be viewed favourably. Students who are interested in medical/clinical practice or would like experience in a hospital setting should seek work experience under the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences or at a medical facility such as the Monash Hospital.

In 2022 we are offering one round of work experience. The details, including key dates, are listed below:

Dates of placement: 19th – 23rd September, 2022
Applications open: 11th July, 2022
Applications close: 12th August, 2022
Offers released by: 26th August, 2022

How to apply:

Work experience places in the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute are in extremely high demand and as a result, each school can select up to three students to apply for our program. Applications are to be submitted to us by Career Practitioners only. Students are to contact their school’s Career Practitioner with their interest to apply for our program, or alternatively Career Practitioners can approach students and encourage them to apply. Once Career Practitioners have selected up to three students, the students must send them a copy of their application form and CV. The Career Practitioner must then email and submit these application documents to our work experience coordinator. While we do our best to find places for all students, unfortunately we cannot guarantee that every applicant will receive a place.

A detailed description of our application process and requirements for schools, students and Career Practitioners can be found here.

The student application form can be found here.

Please note: students must be at least 15 years of age or older at the time of placement due to safety regulations.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact Laura Reid at