Practical Experience

Work experience

Our engineering students take part in 60 days of work experience to meet accreditation requirements with Engineers Australia. Work experience offers students the opportunity to integrate academic theory and real world practice, enhance technical and leadership skills, experience a professional setting, whilst also making valuable connections with industry

Our computing students have a vast amount of opportunities to get work experience on their doorstep. Canberra has over 100 IT related companies, many of them with links to ANU such as being our industry partner, have employed our graduates or part of our career fairs. The Australian Computer Society is a great association to get links for work experience during your studies and also for potential employers after graduation.


In addition to compulsory work experience, our engineering students undertake a systems engineering industry project. In these projects students work in teams on a given problem statement and develop the requirements and key performance indicators to guide them through the design. The teams then proceed through a systems design process including conceptual design, sub-system requirements, and quantitative trade-off analyses, using the full range of engineering science and professional skills developed during the program. The project emphasises teamwork, communication skills, team and personal management and a professional approach to engineering design.

TechLauncher exposes our third and fourth year computing students with real industry projects. In teams, students work with an industry client to develop and deploy a software system. Each group is allocated an industry based mentor and present their project at a networking event held each year. Students also have the option to choose the start-up project for a software-based start-up business. In the first year, students will develop their idea and an initial product. In the second year, students will work towards entering external development programs. TechLauncher allows students to build strong connections with industry which often lead to jobs.  Many students also go on to launch their start-up companies such as RepositPower, OzGuild, Imagine Team, Bindle and more.


Through our industry links, students are offered opportunities to undertake internships. This allows students to gain hands-on experience in a workplace environment relevant to their area of future career interests and current academic studies. Students can receive credit towards their program based on learning outcomes during their placement.

Jeremy Holt

Jeremy Holt

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Research and Development)

'ANU has provided me with opportunities to make industry contacts and gain valuable experience, while continuing to study full time. I have completed an internship with FEI Australia (Lithicon Australia), which works closely with the university in the field of digital imaging, and I’ve been working there casually ever since. The best part of my internship was the unique experiences I was presented with, such as writing a scientific paper with leading experts or logging onto the supercomputer (Raijin) every day to work with images from an ANU designed state-of-theart CT scanner.'

Ben Roberts

Ben Roberts

Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)

'ANU has provided me the environment to seek out interesting projects, the techniques I’ve needed to complete them and the opportunities to apply my skills to real world problems in industry. During my time here I’ve started a small company, worked on research with Facebook, completed a cybersecurity internship with the Department of Defence, worked on projects with locally and internationally based start-up companies and started a part-time job working in industry applying the skills I’ve learned, and this was just in my first three years! ANU has provided me an environment where opportunities to develop and apply my skills have always been available, you just have to jump in and take them.'

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