Industry Experience

Careers and Industry Experience

Biotechnology students in BABS and UNSW Science are encouraged to participate in internships, industry placements, and relevant national and international programs to gain experience and awareness of career opportunities and build their skills and expertise. To build industry recognised skills, students can consider whether a BABS BSc (Hons) Degree is relevant for them. 

To experience real world scientific research, students can consider the UNSW Science Vacation Research Scholarships or apply for BABS3301 Biomolecular Science Laboratory Project (Advanced)This course is designed to introduce students to research methodology, and to stimulate critical and lateral thinking in the context of problem solving. The course involves directed reading, laboratory work and use of internet resources. Students work on a research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. 

Students can either gain work-integrated learning through the formal WIL Program or approach relevant industry organisations informally.


Science Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Students can gain increased awareness and develop the skills required in industry by participating in industry placements, either through self-sourced internships or through the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program and the SCIF3199 course. Previous students have interned with IT companies, start-ups, large biomedical and biotechnology companies, as well as with Government departments and institutions such as Monsanto, SEALS Microbiology, BioFoundry, Cellmid, Neogenix Laboratoire Sdn Bhd, Chemopharm Sdn Bhd, Venn Biosciences Corporation, Universiti Putra Malaysia and the Taronga Zoo. Students have also taken the opportunity to go overseas to complete their placement.

Career Opportunities in Science

BABS graduates work across a wide range of sectors:

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* The sector employment destinations were determined in 2018 for 65% of PhD graduates from 2002 to 2016. Information was obtained from LinkedIn, ResearchGate and other relevant sources and represented an estimate of life science sector employment (Bridge











Read more about internship opportunities, access to GradAustralia on-the-job learning modules and other opportunities here

Industry and Work Experience Placements

Biotechnology students in BABS and UNSW Science are encouraged to approach relevant industry organisations to identify formal and informal internship and placement opportunities. Such placements may include ‘job shadowing’ or more structured work experiences such as being a team member on a project for the duration of the internship, participating in an individual project that can be completed within the hours of the placement, office-based tasks including data entry, literature searches, or preparation of figures for presentation/marketing materials or hands-on laboratory or field-based activities. 

Advice on how to identify and negotiate with industry partners is available here. Students can express their interest in such opportunities here


UNSW Career Ready Mentoring Program

BABS final year students can meet with alumni mentors who are established industry professionals (including BABS alumni). Successful students will be matched with mentors based on criteria such as area of study, industry experience and shared interests. Read more here


BABSOC Peer Mentoring Program

Designed to connect BABS students at different stages of their degrees, this program encourages mentors and mentees to develop a supportive network and facilitate conversation about possibilities in the BABS field. Students wishing to participate may enquire here. Visit the BABSOC home page here


SciConnect Student Ambassador

SciConnect is a social Network platform for all undergraduate science students run on MS Teams. Students can connect with peers and get support from other students. Students can also apply for the opportunity to become a SciConnect Student Ambassador here



BABS Student Course Ambassadors

Enthusiastic students who would like to build leadership experience can apply to become a ‘Student Course Ambassador’ in participating BABS courses. This role seeks to improve the student experience by fostering engagement, collaboration, and communication between students and staff to facilitate real-time responses to course feedback. In addition, students may have the opportunities to develop skills in critical review and analysis, stakeholder engagement, community building, marketing and career development. Students who successfully complete a term of contributions as a volunteer Student Course Ambassador will receive a certificate of recognition for their resume.

Interested students can apply by contacting their course convenor to determine if an opportunity is available.



The International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM) for undergraduate students 

iGEM is an annual competition ( that gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by tackling everyday issues facing the world. Multidisciplinary teams of undergraduate students work together to design, build, and test a biological system of their own design using interchangeable biological pars and molecular biology techniques. Every year over 300 teams from more than 40 countries come together in October to present their research and compete and the annual iGEM Jamboree.

In 2020, the UNSW Team was awarded a Gold Medal and several major prizes. Read more here.

If you are interested in the 2021 competition, enquire here.


Peter Farrell Cup

The Peter Farrell Cup (PFC), now in its 21st year, is UNSW's most prestigious competitive ideas program that is fast-tracking the next generation of entrepreneurs and start-ups.

Helping develop both current UNSW students and Higher Degree candidates, the PFC offers applicants the necessary tools, skills, guidance and support to take their ideas from that initial light bulb moment to test and pitch, and potentially launch a real business!

The PFC culminates in a final pitch competition where participants get the opportunity to win a share of an incredible $20,000 cash prize pool generously contributed by the Farrell Family Foundation to help take their ideas to the next level.

BABS student team have been very successful in past years, placing in almost every year of the Cup. Honorary Associate Professor Wallace Bridge continues to mentor teams competing in the Cup.

Learn more about how to participate in the Peter Farrell Cup here. Interested BABS students should enquire here


Entrepreneurial Endeavours

Build your prototyping skills by earning e-badges, such as in Pitching/Public Speaking and Rapid Research or discover Lean Canvas methodology in a digital workshop. Read more here


UNSW Founders Program: The New Wave Program

New Wave offers UNSW students, staff and alumni who identify as women, at any stage of their journey, access to skills-building workshops, expert masterclasses and industry-leading mentors to form, refine and test their start-up ideas. Read more here.


Startmate Fellowship Program

Startmate’s Student Fellowship offers university students a 2 week peek behind the scenes of what it’s like to work at a startup and life-long access to Startmate’s community. Students  teams work on a project involving a startup idea, and then after the 2 weeks, join the Startmate community across Australian & New Zealand.