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Research internships: what you need to know

Internships can be a great way to kick start your research career - here's how to do it the right way

Research students, particularly international students are encouraged by the media and politicians to be 'job-ready' before they graduate. Gaining industry experience as part of your research degree can be invaluable. We have a few tips to ensure that an internship is helping - not hindering - your research journey. 

Yurki: a case study

Yurki is an international student who began their PhD at Monash in 2021. Motivated to market their research skills before graduating, Yurki found a full-time paid internship which would last 3 months. Their supervisors were supportive of this move and referred Yurki to the MGA advocacy service for further advice. Our advocates had the following tips for Yurki:

  • Ensure that the internship in question relates explicitly to their research degree so that it can be integrated into their PhD.
  • Have a written agreement in place with the University prior to starting the internship. This online form will initiate that process.
  • Contact both Monash Connect and the Department of Home Affairs to ascertain whether the internship is within the conditions of their student visa. 

Further information about research internships can be found here.

If you find yourself facing a similar dilemma to Yurki, get in touch with our advocacy service at Our advocacy service is free, confidential and completely independent from the University.


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