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 across all study disciplines and business sectors — AMSI Intern is Australia’s leading PhD internship program, delivering research solutions for challenges facing business.

AMSI Intern provides organisations with high-end analytical expertise and offers alternative, cost-effective solutions for research challenges or problems facing your business.

Benefits
  • Further develop and innovate your business for future growth
  • Fill a short term need, 4-5 month internships provide attractive flexibility
  • All Intellectual Property remains with your business
  • Potential recruitment opportunities
  • Funding for eligible industry partners where available
  • No need to list the student on payroll, and their insurance and public liability are covered by their University
  • Ability to connect with educational institutes
  • Access to an academic supervisor with specialist knowledge
  • AMSI takes care of the admin with quick turnaround times
  • AMSI has a mature internship program modelled on international success
  • Bring a new skill set to your business
AMSI Intern’s Network

AMSI Intern draws interns from AMSI’s network of Member Institutions. This consists of 30 Australian universities in ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS and VIC.

In 2015 AMSI Intern finalised negotiations on a strategic partnership between eight AMSI member universities to focus program expansion in Victoria and New South Wales, developing a wider range of industry connections for the benefit of their PhD students.

“The strategic partnership will enable AMSI Intern to greatly expand. By embedding business development officers within these Victorian and NSW universities we will develop a wider range of industry connections for the benefit of our PhD students,” says Dr Hannah Hartig, National Program Manager, AMSI Intern.

AMSI Intern also creates strategic partnerships with other groups for mutually beneficial outcomes. Visit the Partnerships tab at the top of this website to see the partnerships we have available at present.

Defining a project

Typically, internships are completed within four to five months. A member of the AMSI Intern team will personally work with you to scope your project, then seek suitable students from our university network for you to interview and select. Once selected, all parties get together to refine the project plan and come to an agreement. The steps are laid out on our How it Works page.

The student will typically spend 50% of their time onsite at your business. This gives them the opportunity to experience your company environment, develop their workplace skills and improve their work-readiness. The remaining time is spent at their university working on the project with the guidance of their academic mentor.

Selection and Internship Management

Whilst AMSI Intern manages the intern selection process, industry partners are encouraged to interview both students and academic to find the perfect fit for them.

AMSI Intern closely manages all placements to ensure research objectives and outcomes are achieved. AMSI Intern’s support team will regularly check in with all parties on progress.

Every student comes with an Academic Mentor, who is usually the principal supervisor for their PhD. The Academic Mentor’s role is to provide guidance and support to the student undertaking the internship, lending their years of experience and knowledge to help the student tackle your research challenge or problem. The Academic Mentor’s co-management of the student ensures that the intern approaches their work with professionalism at all times.

Costs

The total cost of an AMSI Intern project are laid out below:

  • $3,000 per month is received by the student as a stipend for the duration of the internship
  • $5,500 is paid to the Academic Mentor for their participation in the project
  • $5,500 is paid to AMSI Intern for administration of the internship and case-management

Additional Funding

Organisations may be eligible for the R&D tax rebate, which significantly reduces the total cost of the project.

Industry partners can also access state government funding schemes where available, usually for small to medium enterprises (SMEs). Please check directly with funding bodies for eligibility criteria and application processes.

AMSI Intern has partnership models which sometimes include funding for companies that meet eligibility criteria. See the Partnerships tab for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is AMSI’s policy regarding Intellectual Property (IP)?

AMSI makes no claim whatsoever to IP. Ownership of Project Intellectual Property created during the project will vest upon its creation in the Industry Partner.

What is the program’s policy regarding confidentiality and disclosure?


We support the creation of confidentiality and non‑disclosure agreements between participating parties providing the reasonable rights of interns and their mentors are maintained. It is important that these agreements don’t impair the ability of academic mentors or interns to publish their results or for a student to complete his/her thesis. In some instances, these agreements can call for delays in the period before which publications should take place.

Can our industry contribution be “in-kind”?

There are no in-kind options with this program.

Can the industry partner be outside of Australia?


The eligibility of a foreign company to participate in the scheme will be considered on a case‑by‑case basis.

Do I get to choose the AMSI Intern Student?

Yes, all industry partners ultimately have the final say in which student and academic mentor they wished to work with.

How are projects developed?

The industry partner identifies a challenge requiring the expertise of an AMSI Industry Intern, this challenge is then developed into a project by the intern, mentor and industry partner. All projects are refereed by 2–3 senior researchers before they commence.

How long are projects?

Project duration is 4–5 months depending on the nature of the project.

How are the projects funded?

Funding Model 1 – Eligible for State Government Funding
This model is only for small-to-medium size enterprise through accessing a State Government Voucher Scheme. Voucher scheme arrangements and eligibility criteria differ greatly in each state. Please contact one of the AMSI Intern team members for a detailed conversation.

Funding Model 2 – Eligible for funding through an AMSI Intern Partnership
Some AMSI Intern partnership arrangements offer financial support for eligible businesses that wish to participate in the program. Current partnerships are listed on this website under the Partnerships tab, along with eligibility criteria and a direct contact person for further information.

Funding Model 3 – Not Eligible for Government Funding (Fully Funded Model)
This model is suitable for small-to-medium and large enterprises and government agencies where no other funding model is applicable.
Industry partners pay all three components of the internship costs:

• $3,000 per month to the student for the duration of the internship
• $5,500 to the Academic Mentor for their participation in the program
• $5,500 to AMSI Intern for administrative costs of project management

* Private companies may be able to claim the total cost against the R&D rebate at a rate of 45 cents in the dollar