• Code SCNC8000
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Faculty of Science
  • Areas of interest Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2017
    First Semester 2017
    Autumn Session 2017
    Winter Session 2017
    Second Semester 2017
    Spring Session 2017
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For more information on Science internships, please visit http://science.anu.edu.au/study/internships

This course provides an opportunity for high-achieving graduate science students to apply and develop professional skills and attributes in an area of their choice. This course offers opportunities to network with professional organisations such as local and national government and industry, and to acquire skills, knowledge and professional attributes which will facilitate future employment and career outcomes. The internship will be under the direct supervision of a workplace professional, with access to an appropriate academic within the ANU Colleges of Science. Students are generally expected to have already completed Science courses relevant to their placement topic. The internship is expected to be on a topic of professional interest to the student and the supervising workplace.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students who have successfully completed this course should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to work under professional supervision, and gain useful background of a professional context and how that workplace operates;
  2. Communicate complex concepts clearly and coherently in a professional context;
  3. Analyse, consolidate and synthesise advanced theoretical and professional knowledge through research to identify and propose solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence;
  4. Exercise critical thinking and judgment in the context of developing advanced professional knowledge; and
  5. Independently conduct a project.

Other Information

All meetings with workplace supervisors and course conveners, including seminar presentations, are intended to give students the opportunity to undertake tasks and to engage in discussion in ways that are directly relevant to the various tasks they will be required to undertake in the course. Responses from  workplace supervisors, the course convener and other students should be regarded as valuable feedback to students about their understanding of and progress in the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Project proposal of 1,000 words outlining the scope of the project to be undertaken. (LO 1-5)
  2. Internship report of 5,000 words maximum outlining the project undertaken, outcomes and conclusions. (LO 1 - 5)
  3. Oral presentation of 30-40 minutes to professionals and/or academics describing the internship project and outcomes. (LO 1 - 5)
  4. Personal reflection of 1,000 words. The reflection will evaluate the learning experience of the placement, including consideration of questions such as: Did the placement add to your professional knowledge and professional skills as a scientist?  How did or could you add value to the internship experience? (LO 1 - 5).
This course is ungraded and all four components of the assessment must be completed to pass the course.

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For 6 units the workload is expected to be 130 hours, including study time, spread over the semester or session. Subject to agreed supervision arrangements, students should consult each week with the professional supervisor. This course is research-intensive and students are generally expected to work in a ‘self-directed’ mode. The timing and duration of attendance at the workplace will be negotiated with the professional supervisor.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the ANU Joint Colleges of Science to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Students must be enrolled in a graduate science program and have at least a Distinction average in Science courses completed. Enrolment will be dependent on the approval of the relevant graduate program convenor as well as the availability of a suitable placement and both an external and internal (ANU) supervisor.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $610 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $813 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1775 01 Jan 2017 20 Jan 2017 20 Jan 2017 31 Mar 2017 In Person N/A

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4103 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5616 01 Apr 2017 21 Apr 2017 21 Apr 2017 30 Jun 2017 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6673 19 Jun 2017 07 Jul 2017 07 Jul 2017 21 Jul 2017 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9138 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9579 20 Nov 2017 01 Dec 2017 01 Dec 2017 22 Dec 2017 In Person N/A

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