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 laboratories.
2020 program dates
Applications for the 2020 laboratory work experience program are open and will close on 4 March. Successful applicants will be notified shortly afterwards. The program runs from 8:50 am to 3:00 pm each day, on the following dates:
- 11-13 May
- 6-8 July
- 21-23 September
If your application was successful, we'll ask you to complete a work experience agreement form which should be signed by your guardian, school principal and the QIMR Berghofer Schools Education Coordinator.
How to apply
Applications for work experience in 2020 have now closed and successful applicants have been notified of their place in the program. Applications for the 2021 program will open again at the start of term 1 in 2021.
Due to high demand, places in the QIMR Berghofer work experience program are competitive.
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. Alternatively, you may be considered for our one day Holiday Science Experience program.
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