An internship is a 3–6 month research and development project undertaken in collaboration with an ACU PhD candidate.

PhD candidates have high-level analytical and research skills and are independent and critical thinkers that could kick-start innovation within your organisation.

They are supervised by academics who are world-leading researchers in areas of ACU’s research strength, especially in:

ACU has engaged APR.Intern to manage its research internships. APR.Intern is a national research internship service provider that supports industry-funded internships across all sectors and disciplines.

APR.Intern’s impact is highlighted by post-internship survey results:

  • 99% of industry partners, 98% of interns and 100% of academic mentors were satisfied with the program’s service.
  • 93% of industry partners and 97% of academic mentors intend to use the program again.
  • 91% of interns reported the internship was important in preparing them for future employment.
  • 72% of job-ready interns were hired in an industry position following their internship.

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Why host an intern?

Rapid results

Quick outcomes through 3–6 month, results-driven research projects.

Retain intellectual property

All project-related IP remains with the business.

Fill a skills gap

Fast-track innovation with PhD student and Academic Mentor expertise.

Minimal administration

No HR costs, funding support subsidies available for specific sectors and all facilitation by APR.Intern.

How to apply

To express interest or find out more, contact APR.Intern.

More ways to engage our research candidates

ACU Industry PhD Scholarships

ACU Industry PhD Scholarships support ACU PhD candidates to undertake a research project in collaboration with an industry partner.

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CSIRO Industry PhD Program

The CSIRO Industry PhD Program brings together an industry partner, a university and Australia’s leading science agency – CSIRO – to co-develop a 4-year industry-focused PhD project.

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Associate Supervisor (End-user)

An Associate Supervisor (End-user) is a specialist external to ACU who can provide expertise to the supervision of a research candidate and who will directly use or directly benefit from their research.

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National Industry PhD Program

The National Industry PhD Program supports PhD candidates to undertake industry-focused research projects and translate university research into commercialisation outcomes.

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