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In 2022, the CSIRO virtual work experience program will support students to undertake work experience remotely, providing opportunities for those who may face geographic or other barriers to participating in traditional work experience. It also allows you the opportunity to experience contemporary ways of working, from homes, and with people across geographic boundaries, just as CSIRO scientists do every day.

Virtual work experience allows you to undertake collaborative, group science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects, including projects linked to real-world CSIRO research and industry challenges. Instead of attending a CSIRO site, experienced CSIRO staff will supervise groups of students remotely using a secure online platform. The groups will comprise of five to ten students who may be remote from each other and who will work together to complete tasks that can be used as part of portfolios and help inform your study and career plans.


To be eligible to do virtual work experience with CSIRO, students must be:

  • in year 10 or 11, and aged 15-17 years for the duration of the work experience
  • enrolled in a school in Australia
  • able to commit to a designated week between July and December 2022
  • be supported by a teacher, parent or other approved adult in their physical location throughout their work experience project.


The CSIRO Virtual Work Experience opportunities that are currently on offer are listed below:

Code Opportunity name Prior knowledge Start date Duration Time Closing date 
HA01 Technology (Data Librarian) Making research data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) No 1st August 2022 5 days 9am-3pm ACST 30th June 2022
CG03 Mathematical modelling: computer simulation Not required (students will use Python at a simple level that can be learnt during the program). 15th August 2022 3 days 9am-3pm AEST 30th June 2022
HN03 Wildlife genetics n/a 19th September 2022 3 days 9am-3pm AEDT 30th June 2022
KK01 Molecular Biology and Genome Engineering Biology/Chemistry 10th October 2022 3 days 9am-3pm AEDT 30th June 2022
SI02  Geoscience, mineral resources, everyday use technologies, QGIS, python No 17th October 2022 5 days 9am-3pm AWDT 30th June 2022
FE03 Writing and editing for Double Helix magazine n/a 18th October 2022 3 days 9am-3pm AEDT 30th June 2022

Please review this list of opportunities above and note the code of the opportunity in which you would like to express interest. Work experience can only be completed on the time /date designated in the list above and will be completed in groups of up to ten students.

The Work Experience team at CSIRO will use the details you provide to match students and supervisors according to STEM area interests and date and time zone availability. Please note, due to limited places available CSIRO cannot guarantee participation for all students wishing to be involved. Priority will be given to students from regional and remote locations and to students in the same time zone as the supervisor.

How to apply

Applications for Year 10 and 11 students wishing to apply for CSIRO Virtual work Experience Program are now open. The application form is intended to be completed by a parent or guardian of a student interested in participating.

Please read the Fine Print document and then follow the link to apply now.

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