Summer Industry Experience Program

Our Summer Industry Placement program will run again in Summer Semester 2021.

Please keep checking this page for updates.

Our Summer Industry Experience internship program is open to Mathematics, Statistics and Physics students, and host organisations.

The annual program offers students the chance to engage in an internship with one of our industry partners, where they will experience industrial work in an authentic workplace situation.

Host organisations can, in turn, tap into our pool of talented students and collaborate with them as interns as they contribute to company projects.

The program runs for six to eight weeks over December and January.

For details about the program download the program flyer (PDF, 92.5 KB).

How to apply


Applications for specific internships will be open to eligible Mathematics, Physics and Statistics students following an Expression of Interest process. Interested students must submit an expression of interest via the university’s placement management system, InPlace.

You can access InPlace via your My.UQ dashboard, or through the My.UQ Manage My Program page. Check 'Staff and Students' on the homepage and log in using your student login details (same as My.UQ logins). Navigate to My Details and answer all questions in the section ‘SMP Summer Industry Experience’. The School will then assess your eligibility to participate in the program.

Projects will be advertised to eligible students on InPlace from August 2021 (date to be advised) and will close in September 2021 (date to be advised) .

Applications (comprising a CV, studies report from SI-net, and a cover letter specific to the company offering the project) are submitted through the InPlace system.

Following the application process, interviews with industry partners will take place during October 2021.  If successful, most internships will start in late November or early December 2021, on a date negotiated with the host organisation, and finish in January or February 2022.  Successful students will receive a scholarship of $360.00 per week paid at the end of each 4 week block. Bachelor students may apply to enrol in SCIE3255 over summer semester to gain course credit for the internship.

For enquiries, email

What our interns say

"My 6-week summer internship with Vivienne Court Trading was a transformative experience that opened both doors and my eyes to an entirely new career path."

"My advice would be to not limit the breadth of your initial applications only to fields you’re already familiar with, as I have found that passion is derived from new experiences just as much as it drives them." - Michael Postan, intern at Vivienne Court Trading.

“I had an amazing supervisor who helped keep my project on track and gave me lots of advice about working as a data scientist in industry” -  Peter Baldry, intern at Grabba.

"The working environment I went into was so welcoming, and the tasks were stimulating. I was encouraged to use new technology and received plenty of support from other staff. " - Olivia Ou, intern at Wildfire Sport & Trek.

"It was fantastic to find effective solutions to difficult problems which was very satisfying when those solutions have real-world implications. Seeing the potential of my degree has been a fantastic motivator" - Matthew Richards, intern at Veitch Lister Consulting.

"This internship allowed me to use my Maths degree to solve challenging problems with real-world applications, and I am very excited to continue to do this in my career" - Rosie Harris. View more from Rosie about her internship at SilverRail Technologies. 

"It is safe to say that being involved in a summer internship was probably the best decision that I have ever made, and it led to probably the most interesting Summer I have ever had" - Jonathan Geddes. View more from Jonathan about his experience at RMPGlobal. 

"You will come out of the experience brighter, more knowledgeable and equipped with skills that no tutorial nor lecture would be able to provide. Take the opportunity and apply; you never know what you can learn and what impact you will have" Thasmika Gokal. View more from Thasmika about interning with The McKinnon Group. 

"Immediately at commencement of my internship with CSIRO, I was made to feel part of the team. Their collaborative culture made it easy to resource ideas and correct myself when astray, helping me learn and contribute the best I could" - Sam MacDonald. View more from Sam on about his internship experience at CSIRO.

Interested to host an intern?

Please email our Industry Program Coordinator Dr Michael Forbes 

Our partners

Read more about our industry partners.