Science and Engineering industry experience

As a Science and Engineering student you will be exposed to opportunities to connect with successful industry and community leaders, helping you gain a competitive edge, with the potential to enhance your professional prospects.

A student on a work site

The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team aims to link students to industry. We work with students and academic staff to support maximum industry engagement, with some of Western Australia’s top employers, both in and out of the classroom. You will apply the practical skills and knowledge you gain through these opportunities to the real world, preparing you for excellence in your future career.

The WIL team works to develop opportunities through:

  • Professional training from industry experts
  • Guest lectures from industry specialists
  • Vacation and graduate programs
  • Placements and internships
  • Employment opportunities
  • Industry based projects
  • Networking events
  • Site visits

Fieldwork, placement and industry project portal


Science internships

Bachelor of Science (Undergraduate) and Master of Science (Postgraduate) degree students may be eligible to access our elective Science Professional Practice units (NPSC2000 or NPSC6002) to undertake an internship for credit.

These science internships support students to gain the experience and practical skills required by industry. Host organisations support students and share their expertise, to develop the future workforce, whilst meeting their current strategic goals.

Want to gain real-world experience before you graduate? Undertake a science internship.

Placement allocation will be at the discretion of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, we endeavour to support as many students as possible into placements, utilising our established industry links and our partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia (CCIWA).

Internships and industry projects are generally unpaid and will vary in length, typically between 100-150 hours, though some experiences may be undertaken over a longer period of time, depending on the requirements of the host organisation, project parameters, unit requirements and availability. Internships can be undertaken during semester or in a more intensive block through the summer school.

Want help finding an internship?

In order to qualify for support through our partnership with CCIWA, students must meet the eligibility criteria, undertake the required preparation and complete the listed application process.

Eligibility

To be eligible to undertake an internship for credit within an undergraduate degree, you must:

  • Have completed at least 200 credits
  • Be on ‘Good Standing’ with a minimum CWA of 60
  • Have adequate space on your study plan to receive 25 credits

To be eligible to undertake an internship for credit within a postgraduate degree, you must:

  • Be on ‘Good Standing’ with a minimum CWA of 60
  • Have adequate space on your study place to receive 25 credits

Be prepared

The Science Professional Practice Unit is a competitive process run to simulate a real recruitment process. Ensure you are prepared and professional. Students are placed within organisations that are relevant to their skillset, interests and career goals. Before meeting with us be prepared to discuss your course, career plans and some specifics regarding the types of internships and industries that are of specific interest to you.

You must send us an up-to-date resume. Visit Curtin Careers, Employment and Leadership for guidance to ensure that your resume meets professional standards.

How to apply

Browse our current CCIWA opportunities and apply via UniHub using the ‘Faculty of Science and Engineering specific’ filter under the search function.

Shortlisted students will be notified and required to complete an industry readiness screening and interview on campus before interviewing with the potential host organisation.

Please contact us directly on saeWIL@curtin.edu.au for any opportunities that may not be listed in UniHub.

Bring Your Own Internship

Students have the opportunity to source their own projects and internships (placements) and request approval to be enrolled into one of our industry experience units.

Once you have applied we will check your study plan and ensure that you are eligible to undertake one of the NPSC units for credit within your degree.

Before applying

Please ensure:

  • You have a formal offer from the host organisation
  • Your placement is confirmed for between 100-150 hours
  • Your potential supervisor is willing to complete an appraisal of your performance. The appraisal will only take about 10 minutes.
  • The university may contact your supervisor during the placement for a progress update.
  • You need a safe work environment to undertake your placement.
  • If your internship is at your current workplace, you must be able to provide evidence to show that your role as an intern will differ from your usual paid position
  • You must submit a formal internship request (using our webform) and can only commence the activity once you have formal approval

Once we have made our assessment we will inform you of the outcome and you will be enrolled into the next available relevant study period.

Both paid and unpaid internships require approval before commencement. 


Engineering internships

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)Bachelor of Technology (Undergraduate) and Master of Professional Engineering (Postgraduate) degree students are required to complete a set number of logbook hours before they are eligible to graduate.

These hours are undertaken through the Exposure to Professional Engineering Practices (EPEP), most commonly referred to as ‘the logbook’. This is a co-curricular requirement which sits alongside your course but is not managed within a unit.

The engineering logbook hours are a requirement of our accreditation body, Engineers Australia, and support students to gain the experience and practical skills required by industry.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

All Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Undergraduate) students are required to complete 480 hours of Exposure to Professional Engineering Practices (EPEP) often called the “Engineering Logbook“. The logbook is the responsibility of each student to complete prior to their graduation and is a requirement applied to the university by our accrediting body Engineers Australia.

For more information about the engineering logbook or to submit a support request, visit the Fieldwork, Placements and Industry Project Portal.

ALL INTERNSHIPS MUST BE APPROVED BY CURTIN PRIOR TO COMMENCEMENT – PLEASE SUBMIT A REQUEST THROUGH OUR WEBFORM.

Support for students seeking opportunities

All engineering students have access to the WIL weekly opportunities newsletter sent directly to their Curtin provided student email address, which offers competitive opportunities throughout the year from the faculty’s industry partners.

Curtin offers a free career development service run by our specialist in-house recruiters, all students are strongly encouraged to access this free service as it will enable you to put your best foot forward when applying for opportunities with industry.

Please visit the career support teams website for more info and support.

Engineers Australia free memberships

Curtin students undertaking accredited engineering degrees are entitled to free student membership, as well as free short-term graduate membership after the completion of their degree.

Find more information about free memberships and Engineers Australia.

Master of Professional Engineering (MPE)

All Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) (Postgraduate) students are required to complete 480 hours of Exposure to Professional Engineering Practices (EPEP) often called the “Engineering Logbook“. The logbook is the responsibility of each student to complete prior to their graduation and is a requirement applied to the university by our accrediting body Engineers Australia.

For more information about the engineering logbook or to submit a support request, visit the Fieldwork, Placements and Industry Project Portal.

Internship support for MPE students

The Faculty of Science and Engineering enables all MPE students with the opportunity to undertake a placement through our partnership with Navitas at no additional cost.

Placement allocation will be at the discretion of Navitas and the Faculty of Science and Engineering, we endeavour to support as many students as possible into placements, however students are responsible to meet the requirement and preparation criteria for this program to ensure their eligibility.

All students are strongly encouraged to access Curtin’s free resume and cover letter development service before engaging with Navitas. This will enable Navitas to support your request for placement with their industry network.

Please visit the career support website for more info and support.

Navitas eligibility criteria
  1. All participants must have completed at least one year of University study in their desired placement area (minimum 200 credits)
  2. IELTS (Academic) – Minimum of 6 in each band OR equivalent
  3. Relevant visa with working rights and valid for entire duration of placement (minimum 6 months on visa)
  4. Attended three preparation workshops
  5. Provide Navitas Professional with minimum 6 weeks lead time (preferably 12 weeks)
All student in the MPE course are given access to the ‘MPE Blackboard organisation’ where they can access the application material and forms to engage with our Navitas contact. Students are automatically enrolled in this Blackboard group in their first few weeks of their first semester, enrolment cannot be provided prior to starting your course work at Curtin.

Can’t access the MPE group on Blackboard?

If you do not have access please contact the WIL team immediately for support at saeWIL@curtin.edu.au and include your student number in the email with your query.

Bachelor of Technology

All Bachelor of Technology (Undergraduate) students are required to complete 320 hours of Exposure to Professional Engineering Practices (EPEP) often called “the Logbook“. The logbook is the responsibility of each student to complete prior to their graduation and is a requirement applied to the university by our accrediting body Engineers Australia to enable course recognition at the technologist level.

For more information about the logbook or to submit a support request, visit the Fieldwork, Placements and Industry Project Portal.

ALL INTERNSHIPS MUST BE APPROVED BY CURTIN PRIOR TO COMMENCEMENT – PLEASE SUBMIT A REQUEST THROUGH OUR WEBFORM.

Support for students seeking opportunities

All BTech students have access to the WIL weekly opportunities newsletter sent directly to their Curtin provided student email address, which offers competitive opportunities throughout the year from the faculty’s industry partners. Curtin offers a free career development service run by our specialist in-house recruiters, all students are strongly encouraged to access this free service as it will enable you to put your best foot forward when applying for opportunities with industry.

Please visit the career support teams website for more info and support.