Industry engagement and internships

Industry engagement is one of the best ways for an HDR candidate to test your capabilities as a researcher but also your transferable and professional skills. By applying your knowledge through an internship with a defined outcome you will be able to receive feedback from end-users and develop a better understanding of work expectations outside of academia. This can empower you to solve industry problems and develop new innovative ideas while expanding your network outside the university.

Some of the pathways are

Research internships

  • During your candidature, you complete a 3-6 month discrete project related to your research field within the host organisation.
  • You apply your knowledge and skills to a problem relevant to the host's business.

Industry PhDs

  • Projects are co-designed between the ANU and the industry host.
  • Once the project is approved for funding, one or more PhD students can apply to work on it.
  • The PhD student is co-supervised by the ANU and the industry host.


  • The industry partner is part of your Supervisory Panel and provides advice and expertise during the HDR project.
  • Throughout the HDR candidature, the industry partner grows their insights into innovative approaches in their field of business.

We have collated information on the different ways on how to engage with industry during your candidature on the HDR Industry Engagement SharePoint site. Please get in touch with the Office of the Dean (HDR) or your HDR contact in your College to discuss the internship process.