Industry internships

If you are keen to boost your research and professional skills in an industry setting, and prepare yourself for your future career – whether in industry or in research – then an industry internship is a great option for you.

We offer industry internships to PhD students through our collaboration with APR.InternAustralia’s leading internship program facilitating short-term research projects completed by postgraduate research students across all study disciplines and business sectors to deliver research solutions for industry.

The internships are approximately 3 months duration and they focus on defined research projects within industry organisations. Possible host organisations include private sector, government, and not-for-profit organisations in a variety of fields.

Why consider an internship?

Learn from industry leaders, build a track record of delivering results. And when you’re finished, you’ll be amazed at the opportunities that come your way. There are a number of ways in which a research internship in industry will benefit you:

  • enhance your career prospects and create potential future recruitment opportunities
  • obtain an internship stipend of up to A$3,000 per month for the duration of internship
  • gain research experience in an industry setting
  • conduct research with industry or community impact
  • strengthen your ability to translate research knowledge into end-use application
  • improve your professional skills while progressing towards project goals and milestones
  • establish and enhance your industry networks.

How to get involved

Access more information, templates, and current opportunities by subscribing to APR.Intern’s weekly Internship Alerts and signing up to La Trobe University's fortnightly Graduate Research Scholar enews internship information for students.

Internship information for students

Available internships

Are you eligible?

Students must submit a student approval form that is approved by the Graduate Research School. All students must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a PhD student currently enrolled at La Trobe University
  • You are a domestic (Australian citizen or permanent resident), or an international student with the appropriate student visa
  • You have not previously undertaken a PhD internship with APR.Intern
  • You have met the requirements of your confirmation milestone and can demonstrate that internship participation will not adversely impact your scheduled thesis submission date
  • Your Principal Supervisor has given you written approval to participate in the program.

Submitting an application for approval

We need at least three (3) workdays to review your application before you can submit the approved version to APR Intern.


Do you have an industry partner and a PhD student that would benefit through a short-term research project? If so, speak to us to find out more about how it works.

Contact us

Contact the Research Education and Development team at