Indigenous Undergraduate Work Integrated Learning (STEM)


Murrup Barak and the faculties provide specific support and opportunities to Indigenous science, technology, engineering and maths students who want to complete an internship.

Undertaking a Research Opportunity or Science Internship will enable students to gain real experience working in a science or technology-related workplace. The internship or research opportunity involves a placement of 80-100 hours in a single organisation, working as an intern/researcher under a supervisor or mentor while gaining experience of the science-related work being conducted in that organisation.

Eligibility for support and opportunities:

  • Students must be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • Students studying a Bachelor or Masters of Science, in 2nd year of studies going into 4th year of studies are eligible.OR
  • Students studying a Bachelor of Science (Extended), in 3rd year of studies going into 4th year of studies are eligible.
  • Why Do an Internship?
    • Identify and articulate your knowledge and skills and apply them to relevant science organisational contexts and work-settings; as well as linking them to specific professions and career pathways.
    • Understand processes and identify key
    • Review and reflect on the process and output of a work project/placement in order to articulate your academic and career development learning from the experience;
    • Understand the value of industry and professional networks and their importance to self-reliance, lifelong learning and career progression.
    • Of course there will be many other less tangible benefits in enabling students to confirm or refine the direction they take after course, emerging with a greater confidence in own ability to make a meaningful contribution in a science-related workplace, awareness of the strengths you offer to a future employer as well as areas to further develop as students prepare for after studies.
  • What do Students need to know before commencing an internship or research placement?

    When undertaking a placement through the University, Indigenous students are encouraged to contact the relevant departments for their degrees.

    Bachelor students.

    Masters students.

    Research in Science, Biomedical or Land and Environment.

    Alternatively, students should make their first point of contact with Murrup Barak and the Indigenous STEM Project Officer or the Student Success Team to assist with the appropriate application process.

    It is strongly encouraged students begin preparing for a placement or research opportunity as possible as the actual process may take Staff and Host organisations up to 3 months to finalise.

    Students will need to fill out an expression of interest. The current form is being reviewed, but is readily available for students to complete, this can be accessed through online portal by following this link the Indigenous STEM Project Officer or Student Success Team will assist students in completing this form:


    Students will be covered under the University Insurances when placed at Host Organisation. Murrup Barak have personally selected the Organisations, Institutes and Laboratories for students to choose from. This has been determined on the Hosts work ethics, mannerism, cultural awareness and engagement when working with and for Indigenous people. At this current time, there are 57 Host Organisations, Institutes and Laboratories willing to take on Indigenous students at the University. The need for support from The University Of Melbourne’s Internal and External Partnerships (Doherty Lab, POCHE, AURIN, Thrive Research Lab CSL etc.) is large and we are open to any other suggestions that may not be on this list. Each organisation listed has been personally selected due to their on-going support and engagement with Indigenous people and their communities.

    If Hosts do not have any experience working or employing Indigenous people, then it is suggested partaking in Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training that can be arranged by contacting Murrup Barak.

  • What are the steps to getting the most out of Internship or Research Experience?
    • When undertaking a placement through the University, or if you have a placement in mind and know where you’d like to complete it students are strongly encouraged to contact theScience Careers Consultant Fiona Simpson. If unavailable then contact Indigenous STEM Project Officer Kathrine Clarke or the Student Success Team to assist with the appropriate process. 
    • Please select the relevant Internship link:

    For Bachelor students:

    For Masters students:

    For students wanting to do Research in Science, Biomedical or Land and Environment: and select the relevant research subject. But, if unable to do so, we request students make their first point of call with Murrup Barak and contact the STEM Undergraduate Project Officer Kathrine Clarke or the Student Success Team to assist with the appropriate application process.

    • Students will be contacted and sent an email with a list of Host Organisations to select from including all available placements and research opportunities that are current at the time. If students already have a Host Organisation in mind, then they need to inform the Indigenous STEM Project Officer Kathrine Clarke or the Science Careers Consultant Fiona Simpson to begin securing that particular Host Organisation. Please note you will need to enrol in Internship / Research Subject once placement is secured with Science Careers Consultant and then your enrolment into the Subject will then be confirmed by the Subject Co-ordinator.
    • If unsuccessful the first time in seeking placement students will be placed on a waiting list to be eligible for the next round.
  • Key Points to Remember
    1. Plan to enrol in the internship or research subject before the commencing Semester.
    2. You need to find your own placement (Students will source from Murrup Barak’s recommended Organisations, Institutions and Laboratories list.)  
    3. The Subject Coordinator must approve your placement before enrolment in the subject will be confirmed. You may add the subject to your study plan as “planned” but this enrolment will not be confirmed until your host organisation agreement is approved by the Subject Coordinator.
    4. Once completed and placement students may begin their placement, but they are encouraged to go through everything a second time and to ask the Science Careers and Industry Consultant or Subject Coordinator if there are any uncertainties regarding experience. Students are solely responsible in managing their Internship/Research Opportunity alongside their current study load.
    5. Placements are usually unpaid
    6. You are covered by our insurances whilst on your placement  

    If students feel they may not be able to commit then please discuss this with the STEM Undergraduate Project Officer or Student Success Team at Murrup Barak regarding alternative options. Students will also need to communicate this to their appropriate Host Supervisor and Subject Coordinator.

  • Forms and Information for Students and Hosts
  • Enquiries

    Indigenous Undergraduate Work Integrated Learning Project Officer: Kathrine Clarke 0390356570 Email:

    Careers & Industry Consultant: Fiona Simpson ph. 9035 9522 Email:

    Science and Technology Bachelor and Masters Internship Subject Co-ordinator: Professor Janet Hergt; ph. 8344 7678 Email:

    STEM Research Subject Co-ordinators

    Land and Environment

    • Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Email: Ros Gall, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences