Computer and Mathematical Sciences internships

Internships are a great way to develop industry connections and networks, prepare you for graduate work environments and provide you the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills into real-life situations.

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Internships process

Before you start

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  • What is the eligibility criteria for an internship?

    To be eligible for a computer science and mathematics internship you must:

    • Be a current undergraduate student studying one of the following degrees:
      • Bachelor of Computer Science
      • Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced)
      • Bachelor of Mathematical Science
      • Bachelor of Mathematical Science (Advanced)
      • Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
    • Have completed 36 units of study – therefore, a 2nd or 3rd year student
    • Have elective space available in your program. Please check your elective space with the Ask ECMS team
    • Have a GPA of 5 or above.
  • How do I prepare for an internship?

    The ECMS Internship Management System is a self-paced system designed to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

    • applying for internships
    • commencing an internship
    • writing reports and reflective journals.
  • I'm studying a postgraduate degree, can I undertake an internship?

    Unfortunately, postgraduate Mathematical or Computer Science programs do not have elective space for students to undergo an internship elective at this time.

    For further information on opportunities to work with industry, please visit CareerHub.

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Finding an internship

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  • Using CareerHub to find an internship

    Managed by the University’s Careers Service, our online CareerHub enables you to search for paid and unpaid internships, graduate and full-time opportunities, as well as volunteer positions that may count towards your degree's internship requirements.

    CareerHub also houses many events such as employer presentations, which provides you with valuable opportunities to meet company representatives on campus.

    We strongly encourage all students to register with CareerHub to gain access to the University database of internships and other opportunities.

  • Other internship sources

    All approved internship opportunities will be promoted on CareerHub.

    We also promote opportunities for local and overseas placements in our ECMS news. Make sure you bookmark this page and check back often as new opportunities are posted regularly.

    ECMS Blog

  • Can I source my own internship?

    If you have been in communications with organisations regarding internships or are currently employed within the field, please contact the internships team at internships@adelaide.edu.au  to discuss the potential of using this opportunity towards the internship elective.

    Please note, this may not be approved. 

    CONTACT INTERNSHIPS TEAM

  • Are internships paid or unpaid?

    Our internships can be either paid and unpaid.

    The CareerHub promotion will feature if the internship is unpaid or if there is renumeration associated with the experience. 

  • When are internships offered?

    Internships are offered year round: in Semester 1, Semester 2 and Summer Semester.

  • How often will I attend the internship?

    Depending on whether you are undertaking a 3 unit or a 6 unit internship, you will complete:

    • 2 days a week for 10 weeks on a 3 unit internship
      or
    • 3 days a week for 12 weeks on a 6 unit internship.

    The internship course will be counted as either a Computer Science, Mathematics or General elective.

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Applying for an internship

The application process for an internship is much the same as you would a job, giving you valuable job-seeking experience. You will apply by submitting your cover letter tailored to the internship opportunity, resume and official transcript, and completing an online interview component.

Those successful will be shortlisted on the basis of all requirements being met and their application submission.

Interviews will occur with the host organisation and if you are successful in securing an internship, the university will enrol you into the internship elective and prepare your internship agreement. 

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  • Is there an internship course I should enrol into?

    No, the Faculty will enrol you into the internship elective.

    However, do not leave space in your study plan for the internship. You must organise your study plan with an alternate elective in case you are not successful in gaining an internship. If you are successful and need help dropping your alternate elective, please contact Ask ECMS.

    The internships team will be in contact with you to initiate your internship agreement.

  • How will an internship fit into my study plan?

    Our internships are either 3 units or 6 units, and will take the place of an equivalent number of elective units you are already enrolled into.

    The Faculty will ensure internship confirmations are completed prior to census date to avoid complications to your enrolments and study plan.

  • Where can I get help with my application documents?

    Before applying, we highly encourage you to book into a Resume and Interview skills workshop run by our own Career Services. Additionally, there are some fantastic Career Tool resources for you to utilise and practice your interview skills.

    Application and interview workshops  Career tools

  • I have been selected for an interview – how do I prepare?

    The internships team will provide you notice on your interview. When preparing for your interview, we encourage you utilise the Career Advice and Planning Guides to prepare for your interview. 

    CAREER ADVICE AND PLANNING GUIDES

  • What if I am not successful in gaining an internship?

    If you are not successful, you should continue with your alternate enrolled elective. 

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During your internship

Throughout your experience, we will periodically check in with you over the course of your internship, with communications sent near the beginning, middle and end of your internship (depending on duration).

During your internship, you are required to submit assessments to MyUni reflecting on your experience. Please refer to your Course Outline and MyUni page for your assessments. 

If during your internship you have any questions or concerns, contact the Internships team and they will either help you themselves, or refer you to the appropriate support service as required.

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  • Unfair treatment, bullying and harassment

    Ensuring your safety and wellbeing is of paramount concern for both the faculty and University. If you’re subjected to behaviour or placed in a situation that causes distress, the host company should provide avenues to address your concerns. This can range from mediation to immediate removal from the situation.

    Regardless, please contact the Internships team immediately to report or discuss.

    You can contact us confidentially via email, phone or in person. The University provides several avenues of support, and we’ll work with you to determine the most appropriate.