If you have an identified career pathway in mind, or even if you simply want to ‘test the waters’, the option of completing a career pathway placement will add another element to your individualised learning program. If you are planning a research-intensive career, a placement within a collaborating research group or laboratory may be negotiated. If you are aiming for a career in industry, government, the public sector or the creative arts, a placement may be negotiated within a relevant organisation to suit your needs. Your placement must be related to your general field of study but in most cases does not need to be related to your research project.
Placement opportunities are available to domestic and international higher degree by research students and the capacity to undertake one will be dependent on the timing and availability. In many cases, it is likely that you and your supervisors will need to play an important role in identifying potential placement providers.
A placement can be taken during any stage of your candidature, including the period that your thesis is under examination.
Australian Postgraduate Research Intern (APR Intern)Deakin has partnered with APR Intern, a not-for-profit program that pairs PhD and Master by Research students with industry to undertake 3 – 5 month research internships.
VCCC Alliance SKILLED Clinical Trial Internships Program (VCCC)Deakin has partnered with the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Alliance to provide domestic PhD students the opportunity to gain skills, experience, and networks within clinical trials.
We understand that undertaking a placement can be daunting for some students and you may require support or assistance. Deakin provides you with an array of support options such as DeakinTALENT who can provide support in writing applications, preparing for interviews and understanding your transferable skills. The Graduate Research Academy also have dedicated staff who can discuss your particular options with you one-on-one.
Need assistance with your CV and cover letter?DeakinTALENT can help you explore career opportunities. Browse their CV and cover letter resources or contact them for one-on-one coaching.
Want to speak to someone about your placement options?The Graduate Research Academy has dedicated staff who are happy to meet with you and your supervisor to discuss your options.