Internships

Your internship may affect your thesis submission, stipend and insurance.

Internships are an invaluable way to complement your studies and build your career. At the Melbourne School of Engineering we recognise the importance of research and industry collaboration to unlocking innovation potential through research and development.

The Melbourne School of Engineering has partnered with Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern to deliver short-term graduate research internships across all industry sectors, including small-to-medium and large enterprises, as well as government agencies.

APR Intern provides a platform for industry to further develop and innovate through short-term tightly focused research projects and gives PhD students the opportunity to apply highly analytical research expertise to the project while gaining practical experience in an industry setting.

Before you apply to APR Intern, please discuss your intention with your supervisor to gain their approval. You are also required to request approval from the MSE Graduate Research team.

How to organise and manage your internship

There are five independent ways in which graduate researchers can undertake internships:

  1. Leave of absence: Taking leave for the duration of the internship (accessible to domestic graduate researchers only). Candidature suspended during the internship.
  2. Change study rate: If the internship is part-time, you can change your study rate to part-time to continue study (accessible to domestic graduate researchers only).
  3. Study away: If the internship is thesis-related (in rare cases), that is, if data generated from the internship can be incorporated into the thesis you can request a study away for the internship period.
  4. Enrol in the internship subject: Graduate Research Internship ENGR90035 (25 credit points). The internship is undertaken during candidature.
  5. Post-thesis submission: Graduate researchers can now apply for internships prior to or just after submission so that they can commit to internships during their examination period.

Leave of absence

If you take a ‘leave of absence’ to complete your internship, remember that you are taking leave from your course – not just your thesis subject.

  • You must have sufficient ‘leave of absence’ entitlement remaining to be eligible to take leave.
  • If you are on ‘leave of absence’ you are not enrolled, and therefore not covered by University of Melbourne insurance.
  • The remuneration (from the internship employer) you receive will be as a casual payment and is taxable.
  • Completion of the internship will not appear on your transcript

Change in study rate

  • Candidature time runs at half/part-time rate; part-time enrolment constitutes 20 hours per week.
  • If you are enrolled part-time, you will receive the APRIntern contribution as a taxable stipend. You may be eligible for a refund when you submit your tax return depending on your financial circumstances; please seek professional advice.

Study away

  • Candidature time runs at a full-time rate.
  • You are covered by University insurance.
  • Scholarship payments can be affected since internships provide taxable income.
  • Intellectual property issues may be raised because an additional party/the employer has been introduced to the research.

Enrol in the internship subject

  • Your candidature time will be consumed during your internship. You must therefore feel confident that you can accommodate your internship requirements and still submit your thesis on time.
  • You are covered by University of Melbourne insurance.
  • If you are enrolled full-time, you will receive the APRIntern contribution as a non-taxable stipend.
  • If you are enrolled part-time, you will receive the APRIntern contribution as a taxable stipend. You may be eligible for a refund when you submit your tax return depending on your financial circumstances; please seek professional advice.
  • The internship subject will appear on your transcript, it will not receive a mark.

Post-thesis submission

  • You should commence your internship arrangements at least six weeks prior to submission due to the time required to secure an internship agreement.
  • You are covered by University of Melbourne insurance.
  • There may be tax implications for the stipend component paid after submission