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The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) Internship Program offers aspiring Australian university students a remarkable opportunity to learn and refine best-practice skills and create meaningful connections with professionals working in the industry.

Our internship program has options for both undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in Australian universities looking to gain real-world experience. Whether you’re passionate about biodiversity data, informatics, programming, open science or are more broadly passionate about gaining a deeper understanding of ecological sciences, we work with interns to create bespoke projects with practical applications.

We provide mentorship and skills development opportunities in the office and working remotely (project dependent). You will gain invaluable experience that sets you up for a successful future working in STEM.

Read more from our past internship students

If you are an industry engagement representative for an Australian university and wish to explore potential collaboration opportunities with the ALA regarding your university’s current work-integrated learning programs, kindly connect with us via email at

Our other internship program options are detailed below:

Undergraduate Vacation Studentship

The ALA offers opportunities to promising tertiary students in scientific, engineering and business-related disciplines over the summer holiday period, with placements beginning in late November or early December.

The duration of placement ranges from two–12 weeks and are typically full-time. Students receive a stipend for the duration of their placement with the ALA.

These internships are advertised around July-August and will also be listed on this page, and across the ALA & CSIRO’s communications networks.

Read more about Undergraduate Vacation Studentships

Postgraduate Internships

Internships may be offered to PhD or Masters students enrolled at Australian universities to gain work experience in a project that is strategically aligned with the ALA.

Postgraduate internships are offered to students who are required to complete work experience as a component of their studies, however are unpaid. Internship students must ensure that they remain enrolled in a postgraduate program at an Australian university for the duration of their placement.

Postgraduate internships are flexible and considered on a case-by-case basis. If you are a postgraduate student interested in completing an internship with the ALA please fill in the contact form below.

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