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.

2024 program

Applications for our next intake of work experience programs will open in January 2024. We encourage early applications as there are limited places, and places are usually filled by March.

Work experience areas

Our work experience programs run in the following areas.

Program overview

Students will have a chance to:

  • learn about differential equations
  • obtain hands-on experience with MATLAB as a high-level programming language
  • apply maths to solve real world problems in mathematical biology. 

To apply

Applications for the applied mathematics program are now closed

Program overview

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.
To apply

Applications for the astronomy and astrophysics program are now closed.

Program overview

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.

To apply

Applications for the biotechnology and biochemistry program are now closed

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