Work Experience Program

Work Experience Program

SAHMRI offers a selective work experience program to introduce secondary school students to some of the many career options available in the medical research field.

The program aims to develop students' understanding of medical research and how research is transformed into health outcomes.

You will gain a practical understanding of the different types of work in our research areas which may help you when making your future career and university decisions.


Students from Australian secondary schools who are currently undertaking Year 11 or Year 12 are eligible to apply. Year 10 students can also apply however due to the complexity of the content covered in the program Year 10 students will generally not be selected unless they can demonstrate a strong interest or ability in science.

At least one place in each program will be identified for a student who identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Work experience placements should be arranged as part of your school's recognised work experience program.

    Selection Criteria

    There is no single type of application that will succeed but here are a couple points to give you an idea of the factors we consider in applications:

    • Demonstrated interest, ability and/or engagement in science. (This can be demonstrated through achievement and engagement in science subjects at school but this is not the only way - we'd love to hear if you're simply interested in science)
    • Demonstrated interest in medical research
    • What are you hoping to get out of the program?
    • Relevant personal goals which participation in the program would help you achieve
    • Relevant personal qualities that would contribute to your ability to effectively engage with the program

    Take a look at the 2021 Work Experience Program highlight reel

    Find out more about the 2022 Work Experience Programs

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