First listed on: 09 August 2022

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Summer Internships


Acknowledgement of Country 
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The Opportunity

  • Get hands-on research experience
  • Access Pawsey’s world-class facilities
  • Apply for a Pawsey Summer Internship today!

The Pawsey Summer Internship Program is run over the Australian summer holidays and offers high achieving and promising undergraduate students the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers, using Pawsey’s world-class facilities.

This Program offers students a paid internship focused on building skills and experience in computational science and research projects.  During the Program, interns work alongside national and/or international supervisors and collaborators.

Interns will also learn from Pawsey staff about good practices of using Pawsey resources, good practices for video and poster creation & presentation, techniques for scientific communication, and more.

The Internship program includes (virtual) induction trainings. Through these trainings, interns learn about supercomputing, data management and scientific visualization. With the support of Intern Mentors, interns will also form a Community of Practice with other interns across Australia.

This year’s Pawsey Summer Internship Program will focus on research projects targeting:

  • Computational science
  • Large-scale data processing and visualisation
  • Code Optimisation
  • Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
  • Quantum computing

Projects:  The Pawsey Internships Program seek talented students ready for a challenge. For details please see the Project List (link to Excel file)

Location:  Various locations across Australia 
Stipend:  Up to AU$1,655.32 per fortnight
Duration:  Placements are full time for 10 weeks between 21 November 2021 and 11 February 2023
Reference:   87501

Vacation studentships are intended for students who:

  • are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree at an Australian university
  • have completed 3 years (full-time equivalent) of an undergraduate course, however exceptional second-year students may be considered;
  • have a strong academic record (credit average or higher)
  • intend to pursue a research career in science or technology, or a career in a related discipline; and
  • are able to undertake a full-time placement for 10 weeks over the university summer vacation period.


Applications for these studentships are open to Australian and New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents and International students who have full work rights for the duration of the placement (do not require visa sponsorship).

Appointment to this role may be subject to conditions including provision of a national police check as well as other security/medical/character clearance requirements.

How to Apply

To apply for the Pawsey Supercomputing Internship Program you will be required to: 

  1. submit a Resume/CV and Cover Letter (as one document) in the ‘Resume/CV’ field which includes: 
    o    the reasons why the research project/s you have selected are of interest to you and how your skills/knowledge meet the project requirements; and
    o    an outline of your longer-term career aspirations and how this program will help you achieve them.
  2. upload a copy of your academic results in the ‘Cover Letter’ field;
  3. in the ‘Education’ section select your university from the Educational Institute list;
  4. In the ‘Job-Specific Information’ section select your two preferred research projects for Pawsey in order of preference; and your Grade Point Average (GPA) as per the University Admission Centre’s methodology.  If you have a WAM, please read the Methodology on this site and calculate a GPA using the formula provided.

If you experience difficulties applying online call 1300 984 220 and someone will be able to assist you. Outside business hours please email:

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Diversity and Inclusion

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Applications Close

Monday 5 September 2022 at 12noon AWST

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