Space Internships & Projects Program

Our program connects our researchers and students with industry organisations, with the intention of adding to and strengthen research and services for both groups.

  • Does your organisation involve Space or depend on GIS, GPS, or other data from satellites?
  • Are you seeking excellent university students or researchers for internships, vacation positions, or careers?
  • Are you a student or researcher seeking out an industry partner to help develop your project?
  • Do you want to collaborate on space-related research?

If so, then the University of Sydney’s new Space Research Network, Sydney SpaceNet, and in particular its Space Internships and Projects program, is relevant to your organisation.

Goals of the program

The program is intended to:

  • develop novel space-related employment opportunities in industry and government for University of Sydney undergraduate and postgraduate research students and staff
  • provide skilled students to industry and government employers
  • elicit employer feedback to the University and students on desirable skills and knowledge
  • build new research links and collaborations with industry and government partners, including grants and centres funded by the Australian Research Council.

What we do

We are focused on space and related scientific, engineering, agriculture, environmental, food security and economic issues.

Our work addresses vital national issues involving Earth observations from space (EOS) and the National Research Priorities of:

  • Environmentally Sustainable Australia
  • Frontier Technologies
  • Safeguarding Australia.

Our research goals include instrument and spacecraft technology, advanced geophysical and environmental modelling, and the use of space-derived data, for example: EOS, GIS, GNSS, and triple bottom-line accounting.

Who we are

Our staff and students come from:

  • Three Faculties: Agriculture and Environment, Engineering and Information Technologies, and Science
  • Five departments: Aerospace, Mechanical, and Mechatronic Engineering (AMME), Environmental Sciences, Geosciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Plant and Food Sciences, and Physics
  • The Australian Centre for Field Robotics [AFCR]
  • The Centre for Integrated Sustainability Analysis [CISA]
  • The Charles Perkins Centre [CPC], especially its Complex Systems theme
  • The Sydney Institute for Marine Science [SIMS]

Developing an internship

When you are developing an internship (> 3 months) or project (1 - 3 months), you may find it helpful to answer the following questions:

  • What should this employment and/or research opportunity lead to and why? You may identify the goals, motivations, and techniques needed.
  • What are the required skills and background for a successful intern?
  • How much time is needed for the project?
  • Where is the work location and what is the level and type of position in your organisation?
  • Is the position paid? If so, consider what will be attractive to the student or researcher.
  • Will a link to a SpaceNet staff member benefit your organisation?


  • Our intention is that from now until late November, partners and stuff/students agree on projects with the intention of commencing in December.

Contact us

For more details and to ask any questions, please contact: