Postgraduate Computer Science Internship COMP8830

Are you a Master of Computing student interested in gaining valuable professional work experience?

Expressions of Interest are now sought from students interested in undertaking a for-course credit Computer Science internship placement in Semester 1, 2020.

This is for course credit under the Computer Science Internship course COMP8830 (course fees will apply)

Expressions of Interest are open Online Now and close Friday 20 September 2019.
A limited number of internships with Canberra-based organisations will be arranged by the College, where interns will be selected in a competitive process. To be considered for an internship placement you will need to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria and submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) through the online form by the application close date.


To be eligible to be considered for the Computer Science internship (COMP8830), at the start of Semester 1, 2020, you need to:

  •            Have undertaken 48 units of credit in the Masters of Computing program;
  •            Have achieved a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0;
  •            Have completed or be currently enrolled in COMP6442 (Software Construction);
  •            Have completed Professional Practice 2 (COMP8260);
  •            Not be enrolled in or have completed COMP8715 (Computing Project);
  •            Not be enrolled in, have completed or are planning to complete COMP8755 (Individual Computing Project) or COMP8800 (Computing Research Project).

Important: You must be on campus and ready to commence your placement on Monday of Week 1, Semester 1 (i.e. 24 February 2020). Late commencement will not be permitted.

Internship Details

An internship is expected to be undertaken for the equivalent of 12 units of academic credit.  This is typically done as 12 units over one semester (however, this will depend on the arrangement with the client organisation).  Students are expected to spend 20 hours per week (if done over one semester) or 10 hours per week (if done over 2 semesters) in a placement with their host organisations.  No remuneration is expected for the placement. 

Why is an internship useful?

An internship provides you with the opportunity to work with industry and apply knowledge and skills learnt in your courses to solve real world challenges. It also provides insights into industry, and valuable professional work experience and networks, that will benefit your future career.

  1. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others in a team
  2. Demonstrated capacity to work independently with minimal supervision
  3. Professional conduct at work including in presentation and communication
  4. Positive attitude towards learning new things and tackling challenges
  5. Ability to derive project requirements from understanding of user needs including use of creative approaches.

The process timeline (indicative only)

  • Applications open: 9 September
  • Applications close: 20 September
  • Eligibility checking and shortlisting: end September
  • Short interview with course convener (shortlisted students only): early/mid October
  • Host organisation interviews: October/November
  • Placements finalised: December
  • Placements commence: 24 February 2020 

How to apply

To apply, you should:

(1)   Complete the online Expression of Interest Form

(2)   Forward a copy of a 2-page CV to Note: For help improving your CV, please utilise the resources of the ANU Careers Centre


Read about the experience of previous Computer Science interns:


Application closing date

20 September 2019
Applications open for this opportunity: 
9 Sep 2019
Study level: 

Updated:  1 June 2019/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing