A guide for industry

Internships allow companies to employ high-achieving students on short-term contracts to assist with specific projects or assist with general workload.

The Melbourne Engineering & IT Internship Program connects organisations with master’s students from engineering and IT disciplines. We place students in a range of organisations, from large multinationals, to start ups and research institutes, for a 10–16 week period as part of the student’s degree.

Benefits of participating as a host

  • Engage students prior to graduation and create a pipeline for graduate talent
  • Allow us to advertise your opportunities, capture applications and shortlist candidates on your behalf
  • Boost your organisation’s capacity to undertake a specific project, or gain support in periods of high workload
  • Work with students who represent a variety of disciplines, who can contribute to a diverse range of organisations and sectors
We have had a range of interns covering three different engineering disciplines. All of them have been enthusiastic and willing to give any task a try. Their technical understanding allowed them to pick up tasks quickly and we were amazed how much work they got through. There was a high level of comprehension and commitment meaning we were able to give them real work and get some of our internal development projects completed. Andrea Hosey, General Manager (Victoria), ThyssenKrupp

How it works

An intern undertakes work in their area of study, under the supervision of a professional within your organisation. They can assist with specific projects or general workload, while they develop their workplace skills in preparation for graduation.

You set the requirements: let us know what skills, knowledge or discipline area you’re after. We will advertise your opportunity, capture applications from eligible students, undertake some shortlisting and then provide you with suitable students to consider based on your position. Once shortlisting has taken place, you will have the opportunity to interview the students and select the final candidate.

There is no obligation to host a student after recruitment takes place. We are committed to finding the right candidate fit for the student and for your organisation.


Students from the following degrees are represented within this program. You can indicate which degrees you believe are most suitable for your position.

  • Master of Engineering, with specialisations in:
    • Biomedical
    • Civil
    • Electrical
    • Environmental
    • Materials
    • Mechanical
    • Mechatronics
    • Software
    • Spatial
    • Structural
  • Master of Information Systems, with specialisations in:
    • Health
    • Professional
      Note: both specialisations include studies in Business Process Improvements, Business Analysis, Health Information and Systems, User Experience Evaluations.
  • Master of Information Technology, with specialisations in:
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Computing
    • Cyber Security
    • Distributed Computing
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Spatial


10–16 weeks, for a total of 320–350 hours.

Students can undertake the internship part-time (3–4 days per week) or on a full-time (5 days per week) basis.

The program has three intakes a year. Please see an overview of key dates below for each intake.

Eligible students

Pre-selected, high achieving engineering, IT and information systems students can apply for internships, which we advertise on our dedicated internship portal.

We’ll work with you ensure your intern aligns with your specific business requirements and is a good fit for your team.


Internships can be paid or unpaid. There is also an option to award a discretionary stipend to assist with the students' expenses incurred whilst on placement, which is administered via the University. All students are enrolled in a University subject and gain academic credit for their internship.


Paid interns are considered employees and come under your organisation’s insurance. Unpaid interns, including those awarded a stipend, are insured by the University.

Once your remuneration method is confirmed, we will provide you with either a Vocational Placement Agreement or Professional Placement Letter for your organisation to review. If a student is offered an internship we will ask your organisation to sign this document. This document must be returned to prior to the student commencing at your organisation.

Recruitment process

  1. Submit your internship to our team

    Please refer to the key dates provided below for information about when your position description is required to participate in each intake.

    Alternatively, you can contact the team at and we can answer any questions you have prior to submitting your internship. We can also provide you with some advice on formulating an appropriate position description for the program.

    Submit an internship position description

  2. Advertising

    Once you have provided your position description we will undertake advertisement for you and collect applications from suitable candidates. We provide you a shortlist of candidates to consider. Each internship is advertised for approximately 2–4 weeks within this period.

  3. Make an offer

    Once you have been provided a shortlist, you will contact the candidates to arrange interviews and undertake your standard recruitment protocols. Your team will make offers directly to the candidates.

    Let us know who has been successful, along with their start date, end date and hours per week in line with the key dates below.

  4. Finalise placement agreements

    We will send you a Vocational Placement Agreement or Professional Placement agreement to sign. Once returned the internship will be ready to commence.

2020 key dates

Activity Semester 1 2020 Semester 2 2020 Summer 2021
This is the period we will advertise internships for the program. December 2019 – Friday 14 February 2020 April 2020 – Friday 3 July 2020 August 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020
Position description due
Latest date you can submit an internship position for the intake. The earlier that you can submit your position description the more likely we are able to find your ideal candidate! Monday 3 February 2020 Friday 26 June 2020 Friday 16 October 2020
Final date to finalise your offers
By this date your organisation should have undertaken interviews, selected a candidate(s) and informed us who will be undertaking the position. Friday 21 February 2020 Friday 17 July 2020 Friday 13 November 2020
Internship commencement*
  Mid-late February 2020 Mid-late July 2020 Mid-late November 2020
Internship conclusion*
  Late May/early June 2020 Mid-late October 2020 Mid-late February 2021

* Internship commencement and conclusion dates will align to the semester academic dates. Once a student is selected, these dates will be negotiated between the host, the University and the student but must align with the semester intake. Students will complete 320–350 hours over a 10–16 week period.

Further information

Download: Melbourne School of Engineering Internship Flyer [PDF]

Download: Internship: Host Company Guidelines, Melbourne School of Engineering [809kb PDF]


Information for students

More information for students interested in undertaking an internship is available on the Engineering & IT Students website:

Engineering & IT Students: Internships