IMNIS Ignite is the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering’s (ATSE) new postgraduate internship program that provides industry experience for IMNIS Engage alumni in a real-world setting and fills a clear workforce skills gap in the STEM sector. 

IMNIS Ignite aims to help the STEM sector grow and create stronger career pathways for highly skilled, motivated PhD students, graduates and early career-researchers in STEM. It connects industry-ready IMNIS Engage alumni with industry-based internships at host organisations.

Internships are inclusive of all STEM disciplines aligning with ATSE’s Forum activities: health, energy resources and renewables, minerals and METS, digital futures, advanced manufacturing, agriculture and water resources. Internship opportunities are welcome all year-round.  

Become a host organisation

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IMNIS Ignite is an opportunity to fill skills gaps in your organisation, attract new research talent, and leverage the increased knowledge, experience and skills of IMNIS Engage alumni for your organisation’s projects, collaborations, innovation and strategy. 

IMNIS Engage alumni:

  • are ready to hit the ground running and contribute to your organisation’s projects;
  • are industry-ready after one year of mentoring, professional development and cross-sector networking, and are prepared to apply these skills and knowledge in an industry-setting;
  • have a broader professional network across sectors than the average PhD student or graduate; and
  • are highly skilled and motivated and bring value added to the STEM sector. 
How does it work?

  1. Get in touch with the IMNIS team to discuss your needs.
  2. The IMNIS team will send you the project submission form to identify the requirements for your internship opportunity.
  3. The IMNIS team calls for applications for your internship and identifies suitable candidates.
  4. An expert team matches candidates to your internship based on skills, motivation and opportunities to contribute to your organisation.
  5. The IMNIS team shortlists the most suitable applicants for you to review and interview.
  6. You select your preferred candidate and welcome them into your organisation.
  7. The IMNIS team will monitor engagement and provide structured support to you and the intern throughout the term oftheir IMNIS Ignite internship.
  8. The IMNIS Ignite intern will submit a report to ATSE and if invited, present their work to their host organisation and other relevant stakeholder/s.

Eligible host organisations can operate anywhere in Australia and include:

  • Large corporations
  • Government
  • Small and medium enterprises
  • Not-for-profit
  • Start ups
  • Other organisations in the STEM sector.

If you are interested in becoming a host organisation and accessing our strong pool of candidates or have a project that could benefit from this program, we encourage you to read the IMNIS Ignite prospectus. If you have a specific IMNIS mentee or alumni you would like to engage in an intern in your organisation, get in touch with us as we are happy to facilitate the process. 

IMNIS IGNITE 2022 Prospectus (PDF, 3 MB)

Become an intern

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Expressions of interest from IMNIS Engage alumni to be considered to participate in IMNIS Ignite are now open. 

IMNIS Ignite is an opportunity to: 

  • apply your research and professional expertise in an industry environment
  • learn new skills
  • gain invaluable industry experience
  • explore your career opportunities outside academia
  • expand your professional networks.

During your internship you will work in a host organisation on a project or other relevant activities. The project and/or activities will be defined and led by the host organisation and are a unique opportunity to learn more about the different aspects of the industry STEM sector. 

Internships will be undertaken full-time during regular business hours (unless otherwise specified) under the guidance of a supervisor at your host organisation. The duration of the internship will be 3 or 6 months depending on the needs of the project.

IMNIS Ignite interns will receive a $10,000 stipend for a 3-month full-time internship at their host organisation. The stipend will be paid by ATSE to the intern fortnightly. Please note that the stipend might be subject to tax. 

How does the application process work?

To apply, you must submit an expression of interest to let us know more about you, your expertise, skills, motivation and what you hope to gain from the experience. The IMNIS team will match your profile with suitable internship opportunities as they become available. Please note that completing an EOI does not guarantee an internship placement.

IMNIS Ignite internships are designed to be create stronger pathways into industry and therefore may be most relevant for alumni who:  

  • Have submitted or are about to submit their thesis for examination
  • Have recently graduated from their PhD
  • Can commit to a full-time internship

If you are currently enrolled in a PhD program, we strongly encourage you to liaise with your supervisor and graduate school to discuss your suitability to participate in the internship before submitting an EOI. 

You can read the questions to prepare your EOI submission using this document.




IMNIS Ignite is currently open to IMNIS Engage alumni living in Australia. Opportunities for non-alumni to participate in this program may become available at a later stage.

To participate in IMNIS Ignite you must be an Australian citizen, a permanent or temporary resident, or hold a visa that allows you to work full-time in Australia. Please be aware that some internships might have specific security clearance requirements and might only be available to Australian citizens. ATSE and/or host organisations will not provide visa sponsorship for your internship. 

Internships will be in the following priority industry areas that align with ATSE’s Forum activities:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Energy Resources & Renewables
  • Minerals & METS
  • Agriculture
  • Health Technologies
  • Water Resources
  • Digital Futures

If you would like to learn more, contact us.