Research Internship

A research internship involves working as an assistant in a psychology laboratory.

  • What?

    Internships come in all shapes and sizes: They may be a formal position for which you apply, or they may consist of an informal 'work experience' arrangement. They may involve working on a specific project with a clear beginning and and end, or they may involve assisting with a range of ongoing projects. They may occasionally be paid, however they are more usually undertaken on a volunteering basis.

  • Why?
    • Gain hands-on experience in psychology research
    • Strengthen your resume/curriculum vitae
    • Develop a working relationship with leading international psychology researchers
    • Having this working relationship will mean that your supervisor/mento can write a reference for you in the future
    • Experience life at a different University to your own
    • Travel!
  • Who?
    • Undergraduate students: wanting to improve their CV and expand their knowledge and skills in psychology might consider an internship between semesters or over the summer break
    • Graduate students: working on a PhD might want to expand their collaborative networks, gain experience working in a different lab, or wish to begin laying the foundations for postdoctoral research.
  • Where?

    Internships may be undertaken anywhere. The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences is not in the position to help you secure specific internship places or to oversee any internship application process. However; we will post specific opportunites on this website for you to explore (see below). We also suggest contacting psychology departments at a member of Universitas 21. Universitas 21 is an international netowrk of leading research-intensive universities, of which the University of Melbourne is a founding member. The full list of members is here:


    • Delhi University
    • Fudan University
    • Korea University
    • National University of Singapore
    • University of Hong Kong
    • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
    • Waseda University


    • Lund University
    • University College Dublin
    • University of Amsterdam
    • University of Birmingham
    • University of Edinburgh
    • University of Glasgow
    • University of Nottingham


    • Ohio State University
    • Pontificia Universidad Cat√≥lica de Chile
    • Tecnol√≥gico de Monterrey
    • University of British Columbia
    • University of Connecticut
    • University of Virginia
    • University of Maryland


    • University of Auckland
    • University of Queensland
    • University of Melbourne
    • University of New South Wales


    • University of Johannesburg
  • Current Opportunities

    AIESEC Australia

    Present in over 113 countries and territories, AIESEC is the world's largest youth-run organisation. focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to participate in international volunteering programs to gain personal development while contributing to societal change. AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to volunteer or intern abroad, take part in team and leadership experiences and participate in a global learning environment.

    'Go Volunteer' with AIESEC! (oGCDP)

    Go Volunteer is a 6-8 week international volunteer exchange program conducted by AIESEC. It offers students the opportunity to travel abroad to work on volunteer projects operated by AIESEC committees overseas as well as partner NGOs designed to create a positive societal impact. Students will work in multinational teams of young people drawn from AIESEC committees across the work on exchange themselves, addressing areas such as language and cultural education, public health, social work, human rights and environmental conservation.

    'Go Teach'with AIESEC (oGIP)

    Go Teach is a 2-6 months professional internship program offered by AIESEC. It provides you with a transition between academic studies nad a professional career through practical experiences. Working in schools and universities abroad, it offers real time challenges in a culturally different environment. As uch allowing for the development of deeper cultural understanding and greater global mobility.