Global Challenges Internships


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Our talented students undertake internships across Australia and globally as part of the Global Challenges course.

Hosting a Global Challenges student as an intern provides your organisation with an intern who has scientific knowledge combined with training in communication, entrepreneurship and leadership.

All of our students have been chosen because of their high level professionalism, problem-solving abilities and desire to make a positive difference in their chosen industry. Our students have a unique blend of skills including, teamwork, communication, adaptability, emotional intelligence and creative  thinking.

Students generally undertake internships in their university holidays during December - February or June - July. As a university requirement, the internship must be a minimum of 120 hours, but we encourage longer placements

Some current organisation our students have interned with are Nous Group, Futureye, Di Baker Institute, Oaktree Foundation, Centre for International Tropical Agriculture, Cosmos Magazine, CSIRO and many more.

"She did an exceptional job during her internship. The project was complex and required a high level of project management. She went above and beyond during the project, worked well with our team and proved she has great interpersonal skills, management skills and a passion for project she was set." - Alisha Ross, CEO YEAH

“We were pleased to have a Global Challenges student with us for an internship. The student was self-motivated, a quick learner and quickly picked up what was needed with the work. He used initiative in the project and produced an excellent result which we will use this year to develop our program.” - Sean Keenan, Team Leader Parks Victoria

Participating host organisations agree to provide the following:

  1. Arrange an internship that is based upon the needs of the business and the skills and capabilities of the students.
  2. Provide the intern with a designated workplace supervisor who will liaise with the university and mentor the student.
  3. Provide an internship that is consistent with the student’s level of expertise and skills and that allows scope for creativity and skill development.


Participating hosts are not obligated to provide financial remuneration to students undertaking these internships. Hosts may offer a nominal gratuity to students to cover expenses. The Faculty of Science provides a small bursary to cover the student expenses during the internship period or international  travel.

Science Faculty Contacts

If you are interested in hosting an intern from the course, please get in contact.

Course Director: Associate Professor Djuke Veldhuis -; +61 3 990 51391

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Team:; +61 9903 8866