AMSI Intern delivers Australia’s young and brilliant minds to industry from a range of disciplines, enhancing the postgraduate experience of students by giving them the opportunity to apply their research skills within an industry context.

The program also provides a platform for industry to engage and attract talent into their organisation through short-term tightly focused research projects. Having placed postgraduate students from over 20 Australian universities into industry — across all study disciplines and business sectors — AMSI Intern is Australia’s leading PhD internship program, delivering research solutions for challenges facing business.

“Australia must increase the penetration of Australian graduates with advanced research expertise into the private sector. They will boost innovation and business-university collaboration but we must give them those skills. And give business the confidence to employ them,” says Professor Geoff Prince, AMSI Director.

AMSI Intern works at the nexus between academia and industry, creating and strengthening links between businesses and universities, increasing awareness of the value-add that can be achieved through the engagement of high-level research capability.

What is AMSI?

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) is the collaborative enterprise of Australia’s mathematical sciences. It exists to give independence to the discipline and provide infrastructure so that initiatives can be taken to the national and international stage. These measures fall largely into three classes – research and higher education, school education and engagement with the industrial and commercial world.

AMSI has built a record of achievement in these areas and is recognised by government and industry as a leading provider of services, activities and strategic initiatives.

The common aim AMSI shares with its partners is the radical improvement of mathematical capacity and facility in the Australian community.

You can read AMSI’s mission statement here.

A short history of AMSI Intern

AMSI’s internship program was established in 2007 as part of a $2 million Collaborative and Structural Reform (CASR) grant through the State Government of Victoria. At this time, the program focused solely on postgraduate students within the mathematical sciences discipline.

In 2010, the internship program expanded through a three-year, $1.7 million partnership with Enterprise Connect, which was an initiative of the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. This partnership allowed for the placement of PhD interns within small-to-medium enterprises over three years and opened up the program to cover all disciplines.

AMSI Intern finalised negotiations in 2015 on a three-year strategic partnership between eight AMSI member universities to expand the program in Victoria and New South Wales, increasing resources to develop a wider range of industry connections for the benefit of their postgraduate students.

From 2017, with the support of the Australian Government, the AMSI Intern program will deliver 1400 PhD student internships into industry over 4 years through the ‘Supporting more women in STEM careers: Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) – National Research Internships Program’. More information can be found here.

Why place students outside mathematics and statistics?

Whilst the program’s roots are in the mathematical sciences, AMSI Intern today continues from its 2010 partnership with Enterprise Connect to cover all disciplines.

This strategy builds the scale of AMSI Intern to better service our industry partners as well as our member universities, and provides a greater number of opportunities for a more diverse range of postgraduate students at our member institutions to develop their work-readiness. With greater scale, the program is better positioned to seek opportunities for students in the mathematical sciences discipline.