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In 2023, 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 February and December 2023
  • be supported by a teacher, parent or other approved adult in their physical location throughout their work experience project.


Code Opportunity name Prior knowledge Start date Duration 9am to 3pm in this time zone Application closing date
CG04 Mathematical modelling, computer simulation No (students will use python at a simple level that can be learnt during the program) Monday 19th June 3 days AEST 2nd April 2023
HA02 Information management, data management No Monday 31st July 5 days ACST 2nd April 2023
HN04 Wildlife genetics n/a Monday 28th August 3 days AEST 2nd April 2023
TK01 Constructing and solving a basic macroeconomic model, simulation techniques, analysis Excel knowledge is acceptable. Some basics about programming languages eg. python, Julia & MATLAB will be discussed, so any familiarity would be an advantage.  Monday 25th September 4 days AEST 2nd April 2023
LA05 Scientific computing and coding Yes, programming Language of any level Monday 25th September 5 days  AEST 2nd April 2023
KK02 Molecular biology and genome engineering Biology/chemistry Wednesday 1st November 3 days AEDT 2nd April 2023

Please review the 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 Virtual Work Experience team at CSIRO will use the details you provide to match students and supervisors according to STEM interest areas and date/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. 

CSIRO Virtual Work Experience Program: Fine print

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