Are you thinking of a career in science and medical research? QIMR Berghofer has a free work experience program for eligible Year 11 and 12 students.
The laboratory work experience program takes place over three days and offers introductory laboratory training in our purpose-built Education Lab, followed by a placement in one of our working research labs.
2020 program dates
The three day program runs from 8:50 am to 3:00 pm each day, on the following dates:
- 11 – 13 May, 2020.
- 29 June – 1 July, 2020.
- 21- 23 September, 2020.
How to apply
Applications for the three day work experience will open here on the first day of the school year, 28 January 2020. Applications will remain open for one month and close 28 February 2020. Successful applicants will be notified of their placement in early March. Successful applicants will need to complete a work experience agreement form which should be signed by your guardian, school principal and the QIMR Berghofer Schools Education Coordinator.
Due to high demand, places in the QIMR Berghofer work experience program are competitive. On occasion, we offer limited, alternate work experience opportunities throughout the year. If you wish to be considered for a one day work experience program at QIMR Berghofer, please contact our Education Coordinators.
Before you apply, you will need to do some reading into about QIMR Berghofer’s research and laboratories. This shows that you are suitable for work experience at QIMR Berghofer, and helps us match you with vacancies in laboratories that suit your interests.
When you apply, it is important that you:
- show us you have read about laboratory projects at QIMR Berghofer in depth
- are a high achiever
- plan to study university science
- are considering a science-related career
We encourage you to apply with another student from the same school where possible as you will be working in pairs in the laboratory. Remember, completing an application form will not automatically qualify you for a placement as positions are merit-based.
Year 11 and 12 Australian school students who have completed the online application form are eligible for the program. We encourage tertiary students to seek work experience opportunities at QIMR Berghofer through their relevant course coordinators. International students are not eligible for the program.
if you don’t receive a placement
If you don’t receive a placement in Year 11, we encourage you to reapply the following year (be sure to mention it is your second time applying). If you are in Year 12, we will add you to our waiting list and you may still receive an offer closer to the date. Unfortunately we cannot offer every student a place in the program due to limited capacity and high demand.
HOLIDAY SCIENCE PROGRAM
In addition to our three day work experience program, we offer a one day holiday science experience program in the QIMR Berghofer education laboratory. Students that have missed out on a placement in our three day program may be considered for the one day program, along with students who missed the original application process at the start of the year. Preliminary dates for the one day program are:
- 3 July, 2020
- 25 September, 2020
- 11 December, 2020
Find out more
To find out more about this program, contact our Education Coordinators.
Dr Liam St Pierre (Mon-Wed) T (07) 3362 0307
Dr Rowena Long (Thu-Fri) T (07) 3362 0453