Work experience for secondary students

Work experience is a short-term placement for secondary school students, generally from Years 9 and 10.

As an employer, Swinburne provides insight into education and laboratory work environments for students working under the close supervision of technical staff.

Work experience at Swinburne gives students the opportunity to:

  • develop employability skills
  • explore possible career options
  • understand employer expectations, and
  • build self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence.

Students undergo placements to observe and learn. They'll participate in a number of hands-on activities, as well as observing activities which require extensive training. The number of available places vary depending on the subject, as some require more intense supervision.

We offer workshops to year 10 students which run throughout the school year and last one week. 

How to apply

Students can apply for a place directly with the faculty. To apply, fill out a work experience application form and forward it to

Places are assigned either as applications are received; or after the application closing date depending on the workshop. If you need help filling out application paperwork, please contact the relevant careers councillor or staff member at your school. 

If you have any questions during this process, email

Upcoming workshops

We're currently running work experience workshops from our Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology in the following areas.

Applications for 2019 workshops opened in January 2019. 

Robotics and mechatronics

Robotics and mechatronics explore the integration of three traditional engineering areas – mechanical, electronics and software. This has ignited many technological advances and contributions, these include automated assembly plants and driverless vehicles; and the practical skills needed to design and develop systems for diverse industries, including manufacturing, medicine and service.

Students will learn:

  • To build electronic circuit prototypes
  • 3D printing
  • Laser cutting
  • Microcontroller programing
  • Soldering
  • Sorting and testing of teaching equipment
  • Cataloguing and filing 

2019 workshop dates

Work Experience Placements in this area are at full capacity for 2019.

Biotechnology and biochemistry

Biotechnology can be applied to a wide range of settings, including environmental science and business. Analytical and communication skills development is another strong component of biotechnology. Developing skills in culturing organisms and investigating complex molecules, including enzymes and DNA: It's our way of showing you how biological knowledge can be applied to a range of industries and medical research.

Students will learn about:

  • Chemistry
  • DNA, PCR, electrophoresis
  • Cell culture
  • Organic chemistry and analytical instruments
  • Materials characterisation
  • Confocal and fluoro microscopy
  • Microbiology streaking, gram stain, and ID of colonies.

2019 workshop dates

Work Experience Placements in this area are at full capacity for 2019.

Astronomy and astrophysics

Just how do you study the Universe? Astrophysics courses provide an opportunity to understand the tools and techniques modern astronomers use to learn more about the space that surrounds us. Astronomers at Swinburne study all different aspects of our universe from giant galaxies down to planets.

Students will have a chance to explore these different topics by:

  • Searching for pulsar signatures in radio observations
  • Classifying galaxy morphologies
  • Identifying strong gravitational lenses
  • Searching for peculiar motions in simulated galaxy mergers
  • Producing visualisations of galaxies and galaxy groups
  • Participating in real-time remote observations
  • Attending scientific talks and group meetings
  • Preparing teaching materials

2019 workshop dates

Work Experience Placements is this area are at full capacity for 2019.