INTERNSHIPS BOOST RESEARCH-INDUSTRY LINKS

11-08-2015

AMSI Intern is an innovative national program working across industry, building links between universities and businesses.

A not-for-profit organisation based at The University of Melbourne, AMSI Intern has an established network of postgraduate students who stem from Australia’s leading educational institutions, AMSI’s Members. < http://amsi.org.au/membership/members/>

AMSI Intern is Australia’s leading PhD internship program, placing postgraduate students into industry from all disciplines including mathematics and statistics, science, engineering, social and biological sciences, business and economics.

The program connects postgraduate students and their university supervisors with industry partners through short-term (4-5 month) tightly focused and cost effective research internships.

This means companies can gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise, and importantly, students transfer their skills from theory to real world application.

Universities invest in AMSI Intern

Eight universities in Victoria and NSW have entered into a partnership with AMSI Intern to boost industry-academic collaborations and improve the work-readiness of Australian postgraduate students.

Further expansion into other Australian states and territories is planned for 2016 and 2017.

The partnership looks set to deliver the federal government’s current agenda on the commercialisation of publicly funded research with every internship creating a collaboration between academia and industry – ensuring a work-ready PhD student and a significant outcome for the industry partner. 

Industry is reaping the benefits responding with a 97 per cent business satisfaction rating. 

Key benefits for manufacturers include:

·       Further develop & innovate your business for future growth

·       All Intellectual Property remains with your business

·       Potential recruitment opportunities

·       Payroll, insurance & public liability covered by the University

·       Funding may be available for SMEs

·       Claimable on R&D Tax Incentive

·       4-5 month internships provide attractive flexibility

·       Connect with educational institutes

·       Access to academic supervisor with specialist knowledge

·       Linkage Grant opportunities

·       AMSI manages admin with quick turnaround times

·       Mature program modeled on international success

·       Bring a new skill set to your business

The program is based on the highly successful Mitacs program in Canada that connects industry and universities together for research collaborations.

Securing partnerships to support research in industry

AMSI Intern has recently secured partnerships with the Defence Science Institute (DSI), CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI) and the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS) to support and grow research and innovation within industry.

Professor Deborah Ralston, Executive Director of ACFS, said: “This program is a response to the often stated need for highly skilled quantitative graduates to work on short term complex analytical finance problems. Not only does this model present an extremely cost effective solution to that problem, but the four to five month period of the internship can also reduce the risk of recruitment.”

And Australia’s chief scientist, Professor Ian Chubb said: “The readiness of our PhD students, and the links between industry engagement and national productivity, are critically important matters for this country…the AMSI Intern program is one such shining example.”

For more information about this innovative program contact:

Rachel Geddes, Business Development Officer, AMSI Intern <http://amsiintern.org.au/>

Ph: 03 9035 7923 e: Rachel@amsi.org.au

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