PhD research internships

Create real-world impact with your research skills and expertise. At Monash, we recognise the importance of research and industry collaboration to discovering new opportunities and solving global issues.

PhD research internships offer you the opportunity to apply your research skills by working on short-term research projects in industry.

You can benefit from:

  • putting your research skills and theory to practice,
  • boosting your employability,
  • expanding your networks,
  • contributing to industry,
  • receiving financial support (stipend).

To be eligible for an internship, you must:

  • be a currently enrolled Monash PhD student,
  • have completed your confirmation milestone.

Australian Postgraduate Research Intern program

Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern is Australia's only graduate research internship program with internships across all disciplines and sectors. Hundreds of research internships are available each year, offered to Australian universities by enterprises, businesses, and government agencies. Each internship lasts an average of 4-5 months. Intellectual property remains with the organisation.

How to apply

Ready to apply for a research internship to complement your PhD study at Monash? Here's what you need to do to get started.

How to apply


Monash PhD student Andrew Cookson completed an APR internship (previously AMSI) with Grey Innovation, an engineering technology commercialisation company.

The internship enabled Andrew to combine his interests in mathematics and psychology by contributing to the development of a health-related product.

"I worked on a project where a tablet game was being used by psychologists to try and improve the attention levels of children with developmental delay disorders. My role was to analyse and present the input data to ensure it was understandable and useful, ensuring the tool is developed in a way that best supports the child's progress", he said.

Not only did the project clarify his interests and become the basis for his PhD studies, but Andrew sees longer-term benefits as well.

"As I look forward to completing my PhD, I can see that this internship has provided me with a pathway into industry, helped me develop a professional network and will open a lot of doors after I graduate", he says.

Professor Kate Smith-Miles who served as Andrew's academic mentor for the internship has also experienced broader benefits from the program.

"The benefits of the partnership between Monash and APR include opportunities to discover industry partners with interesting research questions. The internship provides a foot-in-the-door to get to know the company and their research problems. I have had previous internships that have led to ARC Linkage grants to explore longer term research challenges that we identified in the internship", she said.


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