Work experience for secondary students

Due to the escalating COVID-19 situation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Work Experience Program for Secondary Students in 2020.

We understand this is disappointing news, however our duty of care to our staff and students is at the heart of our decision. Please contact Laura Reid with any questions at

Visit the online fact sheet for more information on the University’s response to COVID-19 and to be kept up-to-date.

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 in (subject to safety considerations) the activities of a research laboratory. We prioritise applications from students who have an interest in pursuing a career in science.

In 2020 we are offering two rounds of work experience. The details for each round – including key dates – are listed below.

Round 1

Dates: 30th March – 3rd April, 2020
Applications open: 3rd February, 2020
Applications close: 21st February, 2020
Offers released by: 6th March, 2020

Round 2

Dates: 28th September – 2th October, 2020
Applications open: 7th August, 2020
Applications close: 21st August, 2020
Offers released by: 4th September, 2020

How to apply:
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. Any student who is interested in medical practice or wants experience in a hospital setting should seek work experience under the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences' Hands on Health Program.

Work experience places in the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (and the School of Biomedical Sciences) are in extremely high demand and as a result we cannot guarantee you a place. However, in order for us to explore the possibility of finding you a position, you will need to lodge an application document. See below for the link to submit your application form.

If you are interested in applying for work experience in the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (and the School of Biomedical Sciences) please use this link to fill out and submit an application form. 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