At Swinburne, we welcome students in Year 9 and 10 to participate in work experience at the university. These one-week placements give students the opportunity to:

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

Work experience areas

Our work experience programs run in the following areas.

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.
2022 program

Applications for the 2022 biotechnology and biochemistry program are now closed. For further information you can contact us at

Please note the program will likely take place on the week of the 27th June 2022.

Students will have a chance to:
  • search for pulsar signatures in radio observations
  • classify galaxy morphologies
  • identify strong gravitational lenses
  • search for peculiar motions in simulated galaxy mergers
  • produce visualisations of galaxies and galaxy groups
  • participate in real-time remote observations
  • attend scientific talks and group meetings
  • prepare teaching materials.

2022 program

The CAS Work Experience program for 2022 is now full. The program has limited spaces and tends to fill up by March of each year. We encourage submitting your application in February for your best chance of allocation. Applications for the 2023 astrophysics program will be open from 1 January 2023.

To apply to participate in the program, please send your cover letter, resume and available dates to

Ready to discover new things?

If you are in Year 9 or 10, join the Swinburne Science Experience to see where a career in science can take you.

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