Careers and Industry Placements


As a science student, there are plenty of opportunities and support to help you prepare for the world of work. This includes an in-house careers consultant, and opportunities to participate in industry placements while you study.

Industry Placements

We currently have three placement/internship programs available for students. These programs are an excellent opportunity to gain industry experience and develop key employability skills.

  1. Science Industry Placement Program (SIPP)
  2. Science Industry Placement (SCI3920) (6 Credit Points) (* New in 2017)
  3. Schools Science Project (SCI3910) (6 Credit Points)

Science Industry Placement Program (SIPP)

Unique to the Science Faculty, the voluntary Science Industry Placement Program (SIPP) gives you the opportunity to:

  • gain industry experience
  • develop leadership skills by working independently on a project with an industry partner
  • apply degree-related knowledge and skills to real-life situations
  • further develop communication skills, essential for the workplace
  • foster partnerships between Monash University and industry partners.

You will complete a project under the supervision of a industry partner, with a minimum time commitment of 30 hours and up to a maximum of 80 hours, over an agreed period of time (full-time or part-time).

While this program is not compulsory and does not earn any credit points towards your course, it does give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience you can draw upon when applying for jobs after you graduate.

Science Industry Placement Unit (SCI3920) * New Unit for 2017

In this unit, you will find and undertake a science based industry placement of at least 80 hours during Semester 2. This unit will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • put in practice the knowledge and skills developed in your course.
  • participate in pre-placement workshops that will support your preparation for the placement and develop an understanding of science based professions.
  • develop skills to search for and find your own placement.

Two pre-placement workshops (1 and 1.5 hours each) will be held during Semester 1 and the mid-year break to assist you in finding and preparing for your placement.

Enrolment in this unit is conditional upon receiving approval from the Unit coordinator for your placement and satisfying the listed Handbook prerequisites. If you don’t satisfy these conditions, you will be discontinued.

Schools Science Project (SCI3910)

In this unit students further develop employability skills through a placement in a school. This unit will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • research, develop, manage and deliver (teach) a science based module
  • participate in a series of workshops that will enable you to effectively deliver a unit into schools.
  • reflect on how you will transfer this learning into future workplaces.

Career development and support

As a science student at Monash we run a range of targeted career programs and events, including Science Industry Week held in August where students have the opportunity to hear from employers, industry guests and graduates during a panel networking expo. These programs will be advertised via Career Gateway and in the Science Student Lounge.

In addition you can you have access to a career consultants, who can provide advice and assistance on:

  • Resume development
  • Job search
  • Maximising opportunities during your science degree, ensuring your graduate job-ready
  • Graduate employment programs.
  • Workshops and industry events

See below to book an appointment, and to find out more about the career development programs available.