Work experience

Work experience

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We accept school students aged 15 years and over for work experience placements.

In 2020 the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute will launch a new five-day Secondary School Work Experience Program, running in June and September. These will give students the opportunity to learn about careers in medical research by participating in research activities with our scientific teams. The program also includes group workshops devoted to laboratory safety and skills, research ethics and science communication.

School students aged 15 years and over who are not able to apply for the Secondary School Work Experience Program may directly contact our laboratory heads or heads of our Professional Services teams about undertaking work experience at a mutually convenient time. Please note that positions for work experience placements outside the Secondary School Work Experience Program are very limited, and not all teams will accept students.

Secondary School Work Experience Program

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In 2020 the Secondary School Work Experience Program will have two intakes, each hosting up to 24 students:

  • 22-26 June 2020
  • 14-18 September 2020

Students may apply for either or both of the program intake weeks, but successful applicants will only be offered a position for one of the weeks.

Students selected for the program are expected to attend the full week of work experience, approximately 9am-4pm each day. Students will be paid $10/day as part of the program. If accommodation is required during the work experience week (eg for students living outside Melbourne), this should be arranged by the student.


The Secondary School Work Experience Program accepts students in year 10, who are aged 15 years or over on the first day of the program (Monday of the intake week for which you are applying). Students under 15 cannot be accepted.

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute aims to provide educational opportunities to a range of students. We welcome applications for our Secondary School Work Experience Program from students with diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

How to apply

To apply for the Secondary School Work Experience Program, you will need to submit an application form as well as your resume, following the instructions below. Please note the deadline for application was 5pm Monday 17 February 2020.

The following application information is provided as a guide for future rounds, but please note that application requirements may change in 2021.

  1. Complete the online application form 
    This will ask for information about you and your school, which intake(s) you would like to be considered for, why you want to do work experience with us, which medical research fields interest you, and whether you have particular background or personal circumstances that should be considered as part of your application.
  2. Email your resume
    Please use the same email address as you entered in the online form, and send your resume to with the email subject line: 2020 SSWEP Application – YOURSURNAME Firstname
    Your resume should give an overview of your education and extra-curricular experiences, for example, your hobbies or sporting interests, skills and achievements, and any voluntary or paid work.

Please note applications are no longer being accepted for the 2020 Secondary School Work Experience Program.

Any information collected will only be used as part of the Secondary School Work Experience Program application process. Please see our privacy policy for more information.

Students will be notified of the outcome of their application by mid-March 2020.


Kerry Ko
Scientific Education Administrator

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