We offer 17 areas for a Science Internship in Australia. Described below are the most common type of Science internships we organise and some of the tasks you can expect to be asked of you. All internships provide a high level of work experience with the aim to increase your skills within the industry.

The examples below are just a guideline and each internship role will be developed individually according to the company and the candidate. You can see the description of each internship in the Example Internships tab below.

Biology | Biotechnology | Chemistry | Data Analysis | Dermatology | Food Science & Technology | Forensics | Marine Biology | Molecular Biology | Medical Research | Neurology | Nutrition | Neuroscience | Physics | Statistics | Veterinary | Zoology


Price: £1,395 without accommodation (approx. US$1,800) for 6 weeks or longer, regardless of length of time
£3,250 with accommodation (approx. US$4,225) for 6 weeks
£450 (US$585) for each additional week with accommodation.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 6 weeks to 12 weeks or longer.
Start Dates: All year round - Please see the Start Dates tab.
Requirements: Different firms will have different requirements, but you will need to either be studying or have some experience.
What's included: Arranging your Internship
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Accommodation (if you've taken the "With Accommodation" option
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to the airport.
WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM THIS INTERNSHIP? New skills, more confidence
Invaluable professional & personal development.
Expand your global network, new friends.
A CV / Résumé that enhances your career!
An exciting travel and cultural experience.
And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


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The Internships described below are examples only.
Your Internship will be tailored to suit your own requirements


Biology interns work with and study living organisms and their behaviour. The duties of previous interns have included:

  • Learning and using techniques for screening wildlife samples.
  • Establishing a small research project with other students.
  • Contributing to weekly laboratory duties.
  • Assisting with clinical research.
  • Reviewing and checking worksheets, data entries, Certificates of Analysis, and final reports.
  • Performing clerical duties and maintaining records.
  • Receiving training in field techniques, risk assessments, work design, data logging and providing feedback.


Biotechnology is predominantly concerned with the exploration of biological process, but for industrial purposes. One of the companies we work with focuses on cell-based therapeutics, and are developing insulin-producing cells in micro-capsules for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. An intern would be part of the team, and might acquire general knowledge and practical experience with:

  • ​A selection of materials for cell encapsulation.
  • Assessment of devices for encapsulation.
  • Assessment of product quality.
  • Reporting on aspects in general manner without inclusion of commercially sensitive information.​


An intern working in the field of Chemistry might perform such tasks as:

  • Working with industry partners or medical collaborators.
  • Using lab devices.
  • Carrying out product design refinement.
  • Developing commercial-ready alpha and beta prototypes.

Data Analysis

A Data Analysis intern might undertake such tasks as:

  • Implementing a prediction model to forecast work.
  • Designing, building and testing a prediction model.
  • Producing code for the visualisation of data and analysis.
  • Contribute to the development of the skills base in to disciplines such as: hypothesis testing, natural language processing, machine learning, conceptual modelling, statistical analysis and predictive modelling.
  • Pre-sales support in the form of queries and reports.
  • Supporting the polishing up of client deliverables, such as charts, Excel sheets and presentations.


Dermatology is the branch of medicine that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders. An intern might be part of a team consisting of scientists, engineers, software developers and skilled melanographers. Their duties might include:

  • Consulting patients about their personal and/or family skin cancer history, risk factors and lesions of concern.
  • Completing file documentation.
  • Digitally imaging patients in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures and recommended techniques.
  • Supporting operational management in the delivery of clinics.

Food Science and Technology

Food Science and Technology interns are concerned with the production process that make foods. Roles provide experience in quality control, food safety and health and safety. Responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing food and safety manuals.
  • Reviewing microbiological limits.
  • Reviewing plant cleaning procedures.
  • Reviewing HACCP plan, flow charts and procedures.
  • Reviewing plant engineering processes.
  • Assisting with projects.


As a Forensics intern, you will be involved in using scientific techniques in order to detect crime. You might expect to:

  • Assist with various methods of testing and identification.
  • Maintain a sound knowledge of methodologies available.
  • Assist other operators with their work.
  • Perform clerical duties and maintain records.
  • Routinely monitor equipment readings.
  • Help with sample prep, measurements and interpretation.

Marine Biology

​Marine Biology is concerned with the biology of organisms that reside in the sea or other large bodies of water. Previously, interns have worked with some of the leading marine research centres and Government Research facilities in Australia. Interns in this field may carry out such tasks as:

  • Aquarium experiments.
  • Processing tissues to determine growth and condition.
  • Field snorkelling.
  • Preparing culture media.
  • Aiding data analysis and entry.
  • Acute and chronic testing of toxicity.

Medical Research

​In the past, candidates have interned in many areas of Medical Research. An intern's duties in this field might include:

  • Participating in measurements.
  • Learning techniques of data analysis and database management.
  • Interpreting and communicating results.
  • Learning about the regulations governing clinical trials.
  • Assisting with collating, filing and maintaining site visit files.
  • Assisting with the preparation of study documents for the conduct of the study.
  • Setting up samples.
  • Testing medical devices.

Molecular Biology

Molecular Biology is a branch of biology focusing on the structure and function of macromolecules. Interns can be involved with various projects such as the synthesis of novel tunable Janus hydrogen's as a novel bio-material for 3D cell culture/biomedical applications through the design of 3D architecture of porous nature, using a 3D printer.

Hydrogels offer a good support structure for cell and tissue growth as a synthetic extracellular matrix. Janus hydrogels, comprising of 2 different types of gels in separate hemispheres will serve as a novel scaffold by maintaining two properties, within the same droplet gel, to make a tuneable environment for cells."


Former Neurology interns worked in hospitals with patients that hadn't previously been admitted to said hospital. Some responsibilities included:

  • Working with the neurologist to record the details of why the patient had been admitted to hospital.
  • Reviewing records to see if the patient had re-presented to any of the hospitals in the surrounding area with further seizures.
  • Updating intranet records with results of neuro-imaging studies and/or EEG.
  • Checking pharmaceutical records to see whether the patient has been taking anti-epileptic drugs, and if so, the consistency of prescription.
  • Contacting the patients GP to see if they have had further seizures.


Whereas neurology is concerned with the practice of the branch of science that relates to neurons, neuroscience is more related to the research behind it. Interns might expect to carry out:

  • Neuro-imaging analysis.
  • Statistical analysis of collected data.
  • Presentation of results.
  • Stress tests.
  • Chemical analysis of brain regions.
  • Observation and analysis of cognitive testing.
  • Identification of gaps in research literature.


A previous intern in the field of nutrition was involved with a project where their responsibilities included:

  • Recruiting potential participants,
  • Screening procedures,
  • Conducting cross sectional data collection and analysis,
  • Making anthropometric measurements,
  • Collecting medical history and medication details,
  • Taking blood pressure readings and laboratory analysis for plasma glucose concentrations.
  • Planning and undertaking comprehensive research about competitors, the product, and the customer and market.
  • Assisting with data collection and data management.


The following was the role description for a previous Physics intern:

"​The intern will assume the role of a short term research assistant who will be involved in cutting edge research in applied physics and engineering.

More specifically, the role will involve assisting postdoctoral research fellows or PhD students in their respective projects, all of which center around developing a miniaturised laboratory on a chip-scale device for biotechnological applications that span point-of-care diagnostics, drug screening, drug delivery, biosensing and tissue engineering.

The projects involve either experimental and theoretical/numerical work in manipulating fluids and bioparticles (e.g., molecules/cells) at the microscale and nanoscale."


Statistics Interns will largely be involved with the analysis of a company's client activity. Tasks may include:

  • Monitoring website traffic via Google Analytics,
  • Monitoring blog traffic and trends/ patterns via Google Analytics,
  • Competitor research in order to find a company's niche,
  • Maintaining and updating the CCI economics database,
  • Assisting with spreadsheet models and CCI budget process.


As a Veterinary intern, you are likely to assist with duties such as:

  • General feeding,
  • Cleaning and socialisation of animals in hospital, isolation and quarantine areas,
  • Stocking up of supplies,
  • General grooming.

You are likely to gain experience with:

  • A number of different species (canine, feline, birds, wildlife),
  • More skills related to animal handling.


​We have had many interns in the past work in a Zoo or Wildlife Sanctuary. Some of the tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning and maintenance of exhibits,
  • Food preparation,
  • Feeding the animals,
  • General animal husbandry,
  • Interacting with visitors and assisting them with enquiries.


When arranging your Internship, we will also liaise with you regarding whether or not you'd like to use our existing accommodation or arrange your own. The choice is yours.

Our Sydney accommodation is located around 10km from the CBD, in a foodie suburb with lots of restaurants and cafes. The area has a community feel, and there are bus stops and a train station nearby so you can easily reach the CBD.

Your room comes fully furnished with:

  • A bed + wardrobe and desk + chair
  • A kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Free WiFi

In our accommodation, you'll have all the facilities you need:

  • Including a 24/7 onsite management team
  • The latest in building security
  • Communal living areas, including dining area and outdoor BBQ
  • Access to a gym and outdoor pool
  • Shared access to bathroom facilities which are located outside your bedroom
  • Laundry facilities and big shared kitchen.

Our Melbourne accommodation is located in the city centre where plenty shops, restaurants and bars can be found. There is a tram station in front of the accommodation and the train station is just 5 minutes away.

Your room will be furnished with:

  • A comfortable bed + wardrobe
  • A desk and chair
  • Heat/air conditioning
  • LCD TV

The apartment has:

  • ​A kitchenette with cook top
  • A bar fridge, kettle, toaster and microwave
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Free Wifi

You can use the shared facilities in the building such as the swimming pool and the gym.

Food is not provided in this programme, but your accommodation will have cooking facilities.


Photos of Example Accommodation provided when choosing the "With Accommodation" option:



Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.


# Arrival Date (Fridays) Orientation Date (Saturdays) Start Day (Mondays)
1 February 8 February 9 February 11
2 March 15 March 16 March 18
3 May 10 May 11 May 13
4 June 7 June 8 June 10
5 July 5 July 6 July 8
6 August 2 August 3 August 5
7 September 6 September 7 September 9


For any questions relating to the work content of the Internships, please contact:
Katie Saunders or Andrew Kemp
on +44 (0)1903 502595 or email