Industry opportunities for graduate researchers

We know that graduates don’t always remain in academia. That’s why we’ll support you to develop your skills and build contacts outside the university sector.

Even for those who will have an academic career, the ability to understand relevant industry needs and to establish partnerships outside academia is just as important. The people you meet at La Trobe will help you build a rewarding career, no matter where life takes you.

Developing partnerships and collaborations with industry and community is a key priority for us. University-industry collaborations bring multiple benefits to industries, communities and students, including:

  • creating positive impact in society through research
  • providing industries and communities access to University expertise that will help them solve their problems and achieve their goals
  • equipping graduate researchers (PhD and Master by research students) with knowledge and skills necessary for rewarding careers.

Our understanding of ‘industry’ refers to any sector outside the academia, including private sector organisations, government bodies, non-governmental organisations and community groups in a variety of fields.

Industry and community engagement

We offer three streams that facilitate collaborations between industry and graduate researchers.

Industry internships

Industry internships

Try an internship or mentoring program if you want to grow your networks while you research.

Career mentoring

Career mentoring

PhD students are connected with an industry leader over regular intervals for a period of eight months.

La Trobe PhD - with an industry focus

La Trobe PhD - with an industry focus

Solve industry-relevant problems at a commercially relevant pace, while maintaining the academic rigour of our La Trobe PhD.