Are you a high school student? Gain first-hand experience of our core research in a scientific or engineering environment by joining our Work Experience Program.

2020 program on hold

While we navigate the current environment in light of COVID-19, our work experience program is on hold. We will continue to assess this as the situation evolves and provide an update here when available. Thank you for your understanding.

About our work experience program

We are committed to giving students first-hand experience with working in a scientific or engineering environment; be it one of our many areas of science and research, or as part of our support services team.

Here's what you need to know

Our work experience program aims to give year 10, 11 and 12 students all around Australia the opportunity to:

  • gain insight and experience into our everyday work, which involves solving the big questions facing our country and planet
  • enquire about the type of work we undertake
  • find out the types of jobs that are available in the science industry
  • gain relevant work experience and/or skills
  • explore research interests
  • align school studies with career aspirations.

How to apply

You can apply by contacting a member of staff directly. If you know someone already in the organisation, or have identified someone suitable through our staff directory you may contact them directly to see if they are available to host you. You can search for people, areas of research or other key terms in our staff directory.

Conditions of participation

Applicants must be in years 10, 11 or 12 and enrolled in an Australian secondary school with a work experience program.

Work experience requires you to attend for 'work' at specific times and comply with instructions from your 'supervisor' host. Travel to and from the worksite is also the responsibility of the student.

Placements can be ended by CSIRO at any time because of misbehaviour, poor attendance, not following instructions, risk to staff or if resources to manage the placement become unavailable.

Frequently asked questions

Will I have to compete for a place?

In some circumstances, yes. We receive many more applications each year than the number of opportunities available.

I'm not in Year 10, 11 or 12 can I still apply?

Our work experience program is only open to students currently enrolled in years 10, 11 and 12 and completing studies at an Australian high school.

How long are placements?

Placements usually last for five days, between Monday to Friday.

When do placements occur?

Placements will usually occur during May through to December, excluding your state's school holidays.

What paperwork do I need to provide?

If your application is successful we will then require you to submit a work experience agreement form which your school will provide. This form needs to be signed by yourself, your school, your parent/guardian and your CSIRO Work Experience Host.

Can I apply for work experience placements that are in a different state to the one which I live in?

This is not recommended but you may apply for positions in another state. However, we will need to have written permission from your parent/guardian.

If your application for a placement in another state is successful you will require parent/guardian supervision for the duration of your placement.

We do not cover the costs of any expenses incurred as a result of an interstate placement.


To identify a potential supervisor, search our staff directory

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