• Code SCNC8000
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by ANU College of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Faculty of Science
  • Work Integrated Learning Placements
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matt Thompson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2024
    First Semester 2024
    Autumn Session 2024
    Winter Session 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    Spring Session 2024
    See Future Offerings
  • STEM Course

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:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to devise and conduct a project in consultation with supervisors in the context of a professional workplace.
  2. Communicate complex concepts clearly and coherently in a professional environment, both orally and in writing.
  3. Analyse, apply and synthesise scientific knowledge, data and evidence with intellectual independence in a professional context.
  4. Exercise critical thinking and evidence-based judgment to enhance business and industry-related activities.
  5. Demonstrate insight into how professional development opportunities can enhance a career in Science and related disciplines.

Work Integrated Learning


All students engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a major component of the course

Other Information

Students wishing to undertake a Science Internship can find more information about available placements and frequently asked questions on the Science Internship web page .

To enhance learning and to access a wider array of perspectives, and to complete the Career Development Reflection, students are required to attend at least 10 hours of career development activities some of which will be outside of the course such as public lectures, conference presentations, etc. Students will be asked to formulate their own schedule of events in line with their availability, topic interests and location. These events can be offered in person, online, or a combination of both.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Project proposal (null) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Internship report (null) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Oral presentation (null) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Career development reflection (null) [LO 5]
  5. All four components of the assessment must be completed satisfactorily to meet the grade of Course Requirements Satisfied. (null) [LO null]

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For the 130 hours (6 units), 260 hours (12 units) over the relevant semester or session, in consultation with your Host Organisation Supervisor and ANU Supervisor, made up of approximately:

  • 90 hours (6 units), 180 hours (12 units) of placement at the Host Organisation.
  • 30 hours (6 units), 70 hours (12 units) of independent study (which includes the regular meetings with supervisors and the induction).
  • 10 hours (6 & 12 units) of career development activities.

Students should organise regular meetings with the Host Supervisor and ANU Supervisor throughout the project. Students are required to attend an Internship Induction prior to the placement, and attend Fortnightly Internship Cohort Meetings facilitated by the Course Convenor throughout their placement.

Inherent Requirements

Not yet determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Where appropriate, students will be assigned additional readings by their ANU or Host Supervisors depending on their project and background knowledge.

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2024 $740 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $1060 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
1222 01 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 31 Mar 2024 In Person View

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2484 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5210 01 Apr 2024 19 Apr 2024 19 Apr 2024 30 Jun 2024 In Person View

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6195 01 Jul 2024 19 Jul 2024 19 Jul 2024 30 Sep 2024 In Person View
6641 17 Jun 2024 05 Jul 2024 05 Jul 2024 30 Aug 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7472 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9184 01 Oct 2024 18 Oct 2024 18 Oct 2024 31 Dec 2024 In Person View

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