At Swinburne University of Technology, we welcome senior secondary students to participate in work experience at the university. These one-week placements give students the opportunity to work with our academics and professional staff and to:

  • develop employability skills
  • explore possible career options
  • understand employer expectations
  • build self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence.

2024 program

Applications for our 2024 work experience programs are open from 1 January 2024. We encourage early applications as there are limited places for each program, and places are usually filled by March.

Work experience areas

Our work experience programs run in the following areas.

Program overview

Students will learn aspects of applied mathematics research at Swinburne.

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. 

2024 program

Applications for the applied mathematics work experience program are now closed. Applicants will be notified of their result in February via email.

Program overview

Students will learn aspects of astronomy and astrophysics research at Swinburne.

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.
2024 program 

Applications for the astronomy and astrophysics program open 1 January 2024. To apply, please send a cover letter that expresses your interest in the program and a resume that includes all possible dates for your participation to In 2024 we are running a reduced program meaning that places are limited.

Program overview

Students will learn aspects of OHS and technical skills required to run Science Laboratories.

Students will learn about:
  • equipment calibration and maintenance.
  • chemical inventory and management.
  • safety documentation; creating safe work instructions, standard operating procedures and risk assessments.
  • common laboratory techniques and equipment; PCR, electrophoresis, cell culture, analytical instruments, materials characterisation, light and electron microscopes, microbiology culture techniques.
2024 program

Applications for the technical skills in laboratory management program open 1 January 2024, and will close 17 March 2024. Places are limited. To apply, please complete this form and submit your resume.

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