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PhD student interning in a team

Opportunity to recruit PhD students as interns

Partner with students to solve your complex business problems

About the internships

Curtin University partners with industry and the community to offer 60-day internships for PhD and professional doctorate candidates.

You will gain access to a broad range of expertise, specialised facilities, and multidisciplinary research networks, helping you tackle problems facing your industry or area of endeavour.

Why partner with Curtin?

Curtin University continues to be ranked in the world’s top one percent of universities and ninth in Australia, according to the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2023.

Access the best talent

Research students are working towards the highest level of qualification1 and demonstrate advanced knowledge in their field of research. Students are supervised by experienced academics with access to training resources, world-class research facilities, and vast industry networks.

You have access to research students with expertise from a variety of disciplines across science, engineering, humanities, business, law, and health.

How it works

We encourage you to scope one or a series of projects that addresses a problem in your industry where the research question is suitable for a PhD student to address in sixty working days. The research can be completed all at once, or in stages.

Please provide us with your project brief in the form of a single page description, including your preferred timing. Curtin University will shortlist suitable students for the project, and you may meet with the students to ensure they are suitable.

Curtin University will provide you with a contract template to initiate the internship. The contract must be in place before the student can commence the internship. Projects can commence at any point throughout the year. Contracts are available for a single student, or a series of students across multiple years.

Program costs

If the internship meets the minimum government requirements, students are eligible to receive a internship incentive to support their capability development which ranges between $3,000 – $4,000 per student.

You can provide additional funds to the Intern if you choose.

No funds are provided to support the research or associated costs; these must be met by your organisation.

Submit an expression of interest

If you would like to offer an industry project as a research internship, we encourage you to express your interest by emailing the Research Excellence team.

Express your interest: