What is the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences Student Internship?

Science is not about working alone – it’s about working with a group of people towards a common goal. Every year the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences attracts students who volunteer with our research and service groups. These students learn about collaboration, communication, and cooperation while they work with our staff and researchers. To provide these students with formal recognition of their work we have instituted the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences Student Internship program. Interns who complete their program receive UQ Advantage credit.

How does the SCMB Student Internship work?

The Internship is a long-term association of a student with a particular research or service group in the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences. The student will spend 60 hours in the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences (during at least two semesters) learning and performing simple, routine techniques or other tasks associated with the work of a research or service group. The student will come into the lab or group offices between scheduled classes and in semester breaks (at times negotiated with the supervisor) and the work will not be tied to any particular project. The activity will be more like "work experience" than an undergraduate research project. This activity is intended primarily for second and third-year students, but first-year students are welcome to apply.

What do interns gain from the experience?

Interns will:

  • obtain real experience in, and contribute to, the work of a research or service group.
  • develop enhanced skills in lab techniques, study and experimental design, data collection, and project management.
  • be able to spend time consistently, and over a long period of time, with members of a research or service group.
  • become part of the “lab family” and develop useful mentor relationships with School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences staff and research higher degree (eg PhD) students.
  • get a head-start in their scientific training and achieve better outcomes in Honours and research higher degree studies (including more likelihood of scholarships and publications).

How you get started with an internship?

Students can get started with a School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences Student Internship through one of two mechanisms.

  1. Contact potential supervisors personally and ask if they have space for an SCMB Student Intern;
  2. Contact Prycilla Rehm, the Administrative Officer for the Internship program. Prycilla can send a general message to potential supervisors asking if they have space in their groups.