Industry Engagement in your PhD

Australian Postgraduate Research Intern (APR.Intern) connects PhD students with industry through short-term internships. These opportunities empower students to thrive in a practical research environment and for businesses to innovate and be future-ready. Our program also links businesses to fresh ideas and provides pathways for universities to expand research collaborations with industry.

APR.Intern is Australia’s only not-for-profit PhD internship program that spans across all sectors, disciplines and universities. We are the industry arm of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and are supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training.


Australian Postgraduate Research Intern is a national, not-for-profit program, placing PhD students from any discipline into Australian businesses – including small, medium and large enterprises, as well as government agencies. The program allows you to apply your research expertise to a short-term project (normally 3-5 months), while gaining experience in an industry setting.

Benefits in participating in APR.Intern include:

  • Research for impact. Put your PhD into practice on an industry problem.
  • Fast track your career. Build industry networks and enhance your CV.
  • Increase employability. Develop transferable skills to complement your research expertise.
  • Receive a stipend. Earning potential of $9k-$15k over 3-5 months.

"The opportunity to apply my skills to a real-world project was the exact opening I needed to start my career in the industry. It gave me practical experience and contacts in the industry.

It gives you an opportunity to get your foot in the door, and what you do from there is up to you. For me, the trajectory is looking good and I have the internship to thank for kick-starting that."
Ryan Green, UniSA PhD student and Intern through APR.Intern

 Find out more about Ryan's APR.Intern experience here.

Ryan Green, UniSA PhD candidate



Staff information

Conversations with industry partners have commenced, and new internship Expressions of Interest (EOI) will be available for student application in the coming weeks (to be confirmed). Apr.Intern will also continue to facilitate customised internships. If a student and industry partner have a project ready, APR.Intern encourage them to take advantage of the program's benefits.

*Information for supervisors is available here (staff login required).

Student information

We encourage PhD students, academics and GRS teams to ensure they are subscribed to internship alerts: This will ensure you don’t miss out of internship opportunities. Once subscribed new EOI’s will be advertised on the APR.Intern website and circulated via a weekly EDM.


For further information please visit the APR.Intern website. The site contains available Internships (continually updated and can be tailored to your state), the ability to subscribe to internship alerts or the E-Newsletter, a section for students containing application process + student approval form.

Current available internships  link to AURECON (Engineering, IT, Mathematics and Statistics) and CODAN (Engineering, IT, Mathematics and Statistics)

General applications in the following fields are available. By submitting an general application, eligible students will be kept on call and given preference when new projects are developed with industry partners:


Further Opportunity

An Australian Government 50% rebate is available to all Australian businesses that place a domestic PhD student, bringing down the cost of a 3-month research projectfrom $5K to $10K

In addition to the Australian Government 50% rebate, APR.Intern have partnered with peak bodies to provide industry subsidies further reducing internship costs.

These are available to businesses in the following sectors:

  • Defence
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • MedTech, BioTech and Pharmaceutical 

If you have industry partners interested in a 3 month PhD student internship, this funding is an opportunity to nurture these relationships and accelerate new research.

To see if you meet eligibility please contact the Scholarships and Candidature team via before submitting an application for APR.Internship.

Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS)

The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) provides you the opportunity to increase your understanding of the industry sector, strengthen your skills to be successful within any part of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors, including health and medicine, and extend your professional network.

In a one-year industry mentoring program, IMNIS mentees meet their mentor in a professional setting for one hour each month. State-level networking events hosted by IMNIS allow industry mentors and mentees to connect more broadly.

UniSA leads a state-wide evaluation of the IMNIS program, and previous mentees confirm their IMNIS experience increased their knowledge and skills in engaging with industry.

 IMNIS mentoring event              

The way that I communicate with industry has changed a lot. (Because of my IMNIS experience) I know what industry is looking for and how I need to translate my research.

UniSA IMNIS participant 2017-2018.


Learn more about the benefits of the program on the IMNIS website, which hosts a number of resources for mentors and mentees.


How to get involved

Please email the Graduate Research Development team for full details.