Computer Science Internship

Internship students S2 2017

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Applications for Semester 2 2018 close on Tuesday 3 July 2018.


The ANU is committed to the academic and professional development of its students and ongoing engagement with government and industry.

One way we do this is by facilitating a range of valuable, real-world professional and practical student internship opportunities in partnership with local, interstate and international industry and government organisations.

The Computing Internship Program provides Masters and final year undergraduate students the opportunity to work in a business technology environment to apply technical skills and build professional skills. This work is an assessable part of the student’s degree.

Students participating in the Internship Program are seeking an opportunity to work with industry and apply knowledge and skills learnt in their courses to solve real world challenges. This is valuable in providing work experience that helps with future job prospects.

Organisations participating in the Program are gaining young, forward-thinking people into their organisations and partnering them with experienced employees to progress important digital and computing initiatives within their organisation.

Types of projects considered for the internships

The project outcomes should be of value to the business, have a technical component, and can be in one of more of the following areas:

  • design, build and deliver project;
  • consulting projects;
  • start-up projects;
  • system optimisation problems;
  • open-ended explorations;
  • research-supported projects; and
  • other negotiated projects.

Student technological skills

Students in the Internship Program will have a specialist interest and technical skills (at Credit level or above) in one of more of the following areas:

  • software development;
  • information systems;
  • systems architecture;
  • data science;
  • artificial intelligence; and
  • human-centered computing.

Host organisation requirements and responsibilites

The host organisation should provide:

  • a project with
    • a technical component and some degree of complexity,
    • that is not on a critical path, and
    • that can be undertaken within 200 hours of effort;
  • office space, co-located with the technical team with whom they are working;
  • a supervisor to oversee the work, and provide technical training / business knowledge when needed;
  • feedback into student assessment processes, including contributions to 3 project reviews; and
  • access to the student’s work for assessment processes.

Student availability

  • The students are available to work on a project (i.e. a defined piece (or pieces) of work) for 20 hours a week during a 12 week semester (not including the 2 weeks semester break).

  • Please note: some students choose to undertake the internship over two semesters, in which case they will be available for 10 hours a week. We recognise that not all projects are suitable for this so this is negotiated with the host).

  • Typically, two students will be placed with a host organisation, and assigned to separate pieces of work within a technical team.

Student selection process

Internships are available to Masters of Computing and final year Computing undergraduate students. Only students with a Credit average or above are able to apply for this opportunity. Students will have completed a significant number of technical units, including software coding, …. as well as specialist subjects such as data science, artificial intelligence and robotics.

Following an expression of interest for the internship placement, students will be interviewed to assess their suitability for a work placement to assess:

  • ability to work effectively with others in a team;
  • capacity to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • professional conduct at work including in presentation and communication; and
  • positive attitude towards learning new things and tackling challenges.

Once academic grades are available for Semester 1 2018 on 29 June 2018, shortlisted students will be provided with candidate intern projects that match their specialist interests and technical skills. Hosts will be invited to interview the candidate students in early July 2018 and take on an intern. Students are then formally assigned to organisations.

Support available to students

Professional mentoring is provided to students to assist them to adapt to the business culture they are working in and to successfully complete the project. Mentors are provided by Xperience Works.

As the internship is part of the student’s academic course, there is no payment required, consistent with relevant Fair Work advice.

Should a host organisation wish to provide payment an employment contract will need to be negotiated between the host organisation and the student.

The host organisation will be required to sign a contract with the ANU once the student is assigned. The contract documentation can be found here.

For further information, contact:

Alaine King on
Timothy DeWan on

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