A better way to engage with research students

At UniSA we’re committed to connecting research students to partnered grand challenges in research and enhancing employability and future careers. 

What are the ways you can engage with research students as an end-user?

Mentoring a candidate

Mentoring offers opportunities for candidates to gain awareness and insights directly from people in industry about how they work, what is important to them and how to be successful. This can be undertaken directly between the mentor and candidate or through a formal mentoring scheme.

  • Flexible involvement – schedule and frequency determined between the mentor and the candidate.
  • Low to moderate time commitment – no more than one session every 2 months.
  • Overall duration approximately 1-3 years – this can be determined as the relationship progresses.

Joining a supervisory panel

A supervisory panel guides a candidate through their research program, making sure what they do is academically excellent and industry relevant. As an end-user, you or your staff will help the academic panel of supervisors with mentoring the candidate, project co-creation (idea development, in-kind and/or cash contributions etc), or providing industry linked exposure and experiences.

  • Flexible involvement – you may wish to contribute to multiple aspects of the project or be an advisor for a narrow stream etc.
  • Low to moderate time commitment – no more than one meeting/telephone conversation per month.
  • Overall duration of up to 4 years for a full time PhD candidate – there may be different time requirements at key stages of the PhD.

Industry placement or internship

A placement is a way for a candidate to understand a business and the problem it is trying to solve directly. An internship involves the candidate spending time within the partner organisation, usually undertaking a research project of interest to all parties. The research project may be (but does not have to be) directly linked with the candidate’s thesis topic. The Australian Government facilitates internship opportunities for PhD candidates via the APR.Intern scheme.

  • Structured involvement – agreed project scope and objectives.
  • Moderate time commitment – placement can be set up for autonomous work or more integrated as desired.
  • Short term duration – approximately 6 weeks to 6 months


For additional information or further details please email business-research@unisa.edu.au.