Course Title: Graduate Research Internship

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Graduate Research Internship

Credit Points: .00

Course Coordinator: Mary Goodman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0450

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: School of Graduate Research

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

  • “Current” or “Submitted” enrolment status in an RMIT PhD Program
  • Relevant Program’s Research Methods Course
  • Successful completion of confirmation of candidature milestone
  • Demonstrated successful in-candidature progress
  • Successful application and selection to a research-industry internship opportunity.

Course Description

This course is to enable higher degree by research candidates enrolled at RMIT University to undertake a research-industry internship. 

Research-Industry internships provide HDR candidates the opportunity to apply the research and investigative skills that they are developing during their candidature in a broader industry context.  The internship activity is specified in an internship agreement drawn up in consultation with the industry partner, the candidate and the candidate’s supervisory team.

The internship will be conducted under the general guidance of the candidate’s supervisory team.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See requisites, co-requisites and assumed knowledge. 

Upon successful completion of this course candidates should be able to:

  • Demonstrate their capacity to collaboratively define, scope and complete a specific, short-term research project in accordance with industry partner needs; and
  • Articulate and demonstrate the value of their research and analysis skills within an industry context.

Overview of Learning Activities

In accordance with the internship agreement, and in consultation with the candidate’s supervisory team and industry partner supervisor, the candidate will develop an internship plan which will include:

Detail of the inputs, outputs and outcomes of the project;
Key project milestones;
Any internship-specific training to be undertaken during the internship;
The regularity and nature of interim reporting. 

The plan will demonstrate a clear understanding of the internship project and be based on sound project management principles.

The candidate will undertake the internship project under the guidance of their supervisory team and industry partner supervisor. 

At the end of the internship, the candidate will provide written report and/or recorded oral presentation to representatives of the industry partner and RMIT University, detailing the results of the project or assigned tasks during the internship.

Overview of Learning Resources

There are no standard texts for this course. RMIT University provides a variety of workshops and professional development opportunities to HDR candidates and staff on topics including:

  • Research translation and impact
  • Research communication
  • Entrepreneurship

which may be helpful to candidates prior to enrolment in this course

Overview of Assessment

The FINAL grade candidates will receives for this course is either a satisfactory (PX) or an unsatisfactory (NN).

Assessment is based on a report from the workplace supervisor, interim reports by the candidate and the final report/presentation provided by the candidate at the completion of the internship.