APR Intern


APR.Intern provides a platform for industry to further develop and innovate through short-term 3-5 month tightly focused research projects and gives postgraduate students the opportunity to apply highly analytical research expertise to the project while gaining invaluable experience in an industry setting.

Please note that APR.Intern is independent of the University. For further information contact Mark Ovens, Business Development - NSW at APR.Intern (M.Ovens@aprintern.org.au) or HDR-Partnerships@newcastle.edu.au

Benefits of participating

  1. Rapid Results in 3-5 Months: Quick outcomes through high impact research projects
  2. Retain Intellectual Property: All project-related IP remains with the business
  3. Achieve Gender Equity: Accelerate women in STEM
  4. Fill a Skills Gap: Access specialist PhD students and academic mentor expertise to fast track innovation
  5. Minimal Administration: No HR costs, all facilitation by APR.Intern
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The total costs of an APR.Intern project are laid out below:

  • $3,000 per month is received by the student as a stipend for the duration of the internship
  • $5,500 is paid to the academic mentor for their participation in the project
  • $5,500 is paid to APR.Intern for administration of the internship and case-management

Organisations may be eligible for the R&D tax rebate and sector specific vouchers, which significantly reduces the total cost of the project.

Industry partners can also access state government funding schemes where available, usually for small to medium enterprises (SMEs). Please check directly with funding bodies for eligibility criteria and application processes.

Defining a Project

Work with a member of the APR.Intern team to define and scope your project and to seek and select suitable students. For more information click here.

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