We look forward to hosting enthusiastic students from different parts of the world for internships.

Research Internships are available to Bachelor of Science or Engineering students in their 3rd or 4th year, and run throughout the year for three months or more. We welcome applications from students from all countries.

Applicants will need to be nominated by a Group Leader at Single Molecule Science (SMS).

Learn about our research activities and send expressions of interest to the leaders of the research teams that you are interested in being a part of. Let us know a bit about yourself, including the stage of your degree, the subjects you enjoy most, and the time of year you would be interested in coming to Sydney, and other relevant information.

International students: For internships up to three months, students should apply for a free electronic Visa. Students doing 6 month internships, or longer, should enrol in the UNSW Study Abroad Research Practicum program, which will allow them to enrol as UNSW students and apply for a Student Visa.

General enquiries about the program can be sent to Dr Yann Gambin.




A glimpse into the 3 month internship program at SMS

In January 2017, with the support of both Professor Ed Lavelle at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) Ireland and Professor Katharina Gaus at the University of New South Wales, Ailis O’Carroll set to work establishing a science internship program between the TBSI in TCD and the EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science. After an intensive interview process, 10 students were selected by three labs to work for three months between June and August. This was soon followed by two students from Singapore being offered the same internship opportunity.

The new students, along with getting to experience the 'Aussie' lifestyle – with the beach just 5 minutes away from the university labs – were able to experience working in these labs excelling in advanced molecular imaging and single molecule science, that focus on transforming medicine by providing a molecular perspective on complex biological systems and processes. This work is underpinned by the new imaging and analysis technologies being developed by Professor Gaus, who was also Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging. The centre excels in the collaboration of researchers experienced in biophysics, biochemistry and cell biology as well as nanotechnology and nanofabrication!!

The students worked extremely hard and through their diligence, they left a lasting impression, leading to potential PhD opportunities upon finishing their degrees."

– Ailis O’Carroll and Ilina Bareja (former PhD students at SMS)


The internship in the Gambin- Sierecki lab was a brilliant opportunity for me to work closely with researchers from all over the world on an exciting project that yielded promising data. I had a wonderful experience at UNSW and would definitely recommend the program!"

– Ava Meagher, TCD

My placement in UNSW was an amazing experience. It was fascinating to work on research with academics who are experts in their field and with such state of the art equipment and technology. It's an experience I would recommend for anyone considering a career in research science. I cannot recommend it highly enough."

– Finian Leyden,TCD

I never thought I'd have as much fun in a lab! Working here was such an amazing experience. The projects were so well planned and the people were beyond helpful. We all had such a lovely summer in Sydney and UNSW."

– Joanne Coyle, TCD