CSIRO Undergraduate Vacation Studentships - Data61

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Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation.

Child Safety

CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs. View our Child Safe Policy

The Opportunity

  • Obtain hands-on research experience at CSIRO’s Data61, the dedicated data and digital arm of Australia’s national science
  • agency over your university summer vacation
  • Access CSIRO's world-class facilities and work with our talented research science and engineering teams.
  • Collaborate on real life projects closely aligned to CSIRO’s strategy and vision
  • Connect with other like-minded students over projects and networking opportunities
  • Engage in professional development and industry-based events 

CSIRO’s Data61 is home to one of the largest collections of research and development expertise on artificial intelligence (AI) and data science in the world. Data61 is at the forefront of digital science and innovation and is somewhere you can immerse yourself in an inclusive culture where a diversity of minds and views are welcomed and encouraged.  

We are looking for high achieving and promising undergraduate students to work on vacation studentships across a range of research areas. We want diverse and creative students who are excited about being part of socially impactful research.

You can take part in helping to solve complex research problems that will make a real difference to our future. At CSIRO’s Data61 we spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate in a supportive, rewarding and inclusive environment.

This studentship is an exciting opportunity to explore a career in research. Many previous participants have gone on to pursue further student engagements and even employment with CSIRO. There are many different programs available including CSIRO supervised PhDs, Honours and undergraduate traineeships. A vacation studentship opens a world of opportunity to engage in one of the many other student programs [Postgraduate programs and scholarships - CSIRO] after completion.

Projects:  CSIRO’s Data61 has 33 projects available 4 broad research areas - Analytics and Decision Sciences; Cyber Physical Systems; Software and Computational Science; and Engineering & Design. For information on these projects and contacts details, please see the project list (link to Excel file)

To be considered you will need:

  • To be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at an Australian university.
  • Have completed 3 years (full-time equivalent) of an undergraduate course, however exceptional second-year students may be considered.
  • A strong academic record (credit average or higher).
  • An interest in pursuing a research career in science or technology, or a career in a related discipline.
  • The ability to undertake a full-time placement for 8-12 weeks over the university summer vacation period.

CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society. As part of our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment outcomes, preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who meet the role criteria. CSIRO considers conscious inclusion practices intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). 


Applications for these studentships are open to: Australian and New Zealand Citizens; Australian Permanent Residents; and International students who have full work rights for the duration of the placement (do not require visa sponsorship).

Appointment to this role may be subject to conditions including provision of a national police check as well as other security/medical/character clearance requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact.

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

To apply you will be required to:

  • submit a Resume/CV and Cover Letter (as one document) in the ‘Resume/CV’ field which includes:
    • the reasons why the research project/s you have selected are of interest to you and how your skills/knowledge meet the project requirements; and
    • an outline of your longer-term career aspirations and how this program will help you achieve them.
  • upload your current or most recent academic record in the ‘Cover Letter’ field;
  • in the ‘Education’ section select your university from the Educational Institute list;
  • in the ‘Job-Specific Information’ section select your two preferred research projects for Data61 in order of preference; and enter your Grade Point Average (GPA) as per the University Admission Centre’s methodology.  If you have a WAM, please read the Methodology on this site and calculate a GPA using the formula provided.

If you experience difficulties applying online call 1300 984 220 and someone will be able to assist you. Outside business hours please email: [email protected].


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  • Job type:Internships
  • Disciplines:
    Computer Science, Engineering Software, Information Systems,
  • Work rights:
    Australian Permanent Resident, Australian Citizen,
  • Locations:
    Queensland, Brisbane
  • salary range

    $1774.77 per fortnight

  • Program duration

    8-12 weeks between late November and February

  • Closing Date:7th Aug 2023, 1:59 pm


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