High Achievers’ Internship program at A2I2

About the Institute

A2I2 began operations as an Institute in January 2019. The Institute was formed by merging two groups already established at the University; PRaDA (Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics) and DSTIL (Deakin Software and Technology Innovation Laboratory).

Under the leadership of Alfred Deakin Professor Svetha Venkatesh, PRaDA has been recognised internationally for its groundbreaking work in machine learning and pattern recognition in sectors as diverse as surveillance, social media and health.

DSTIL, led by Alfred Deakin Professor Kon Mouzakis, has transformed complex ideas into user-friendly software systems, including mobile and web applications.

Combining the multi-disciplinary expertise of both PRaDA and DSTIL makes A2I2 the ideal partner to help industry, government and community take full advantage of the benefits AI offers.

How the organisation impacts and benefits the community

The Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2) transforms industries and improves lives by implementing safe, effective uses of AI and exploring new frontiers in AI research.

The Institute has a mission to build AI systems that are beneficial to our industries and society.

A2I2 internship stories

Students from our internship program have gone onto make higher impact through pursuing further study with the Institute. Read their stories below:

Call for internships

If you like to solve challenging problems in software engineering and/ or artificial intelligence and are interested in advancing your technical and professional skills which would be valued and recognised by employers, then this is the right opportunity for you.

Eligibility criteria

The student:

  1. Must be enrolled in one of the universities in Australia at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
  2. Must be enrolled in second or third year of their undergraduate degree/ second year of postgraduate degree in one of the following disciplines:
    1. Software Engineering
    2. Information Technology
    3. Cyber Security
    4. Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    5. Biomedical Engineering
    6. Computer Science
    7. Data Science
    8. Robotics/ Mechatronics
    9. Statistics
  3. Must have a GPA of at least 4.0/ 5.0 and above (or average of 80% and above) in their undergraduate and/ or postgraduate degree.
  4. Must have Internship as a subject in the coursework.
  5. Can be an Australian citizen/ permanent resident/ international student and must be on-shore during the application and internship period.
  6. Must have a sound fundamental knowledge of the scientific and engineering principles underlying technology.
  7. Must have the necessary mathematical, analytical and computational skills for solving theoretical and practical problems.
  8. Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills in order to make meaningful contributions.

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee selection in the program.


The duration of the internship is 10 weeks.

Internship type

The internships are unpaid and will be undertaken as part-time (2 days per week) as part of the coursework during the semester. Students who have graduated may also apply for an internship for work or professional experience.

Mode of internship

The internship must be undertaken on campus, located in Burwood, Victoria.

Duties and responsibilities of an intern

The interns will be expected to work on a project, with the help of their mentors and provide:

  1. A brief presentation (of 10 minutes) on the work in week 5 of the internship. It will be internal and will be presented to the mentors and other interns.
  2. A detailed slideshow presentation (of 15 minutes) and a poster presentation on the work in week 10 of the internship. It will be external and will be presented to the staff and students at A2I2.
  3. A final report will be submitted by the interns at the end of the internship detailing the work carried out for 10 weeks.

How is the internship beneficial?

The completion of the internship will:

  1. Allow integration of theoretical knowledge with practical learning.
  2. Provide ability to synthesize professional and research literature.
  3. Provide advanced understanding and working skills in the application of software and computer systems.
  4. Provide experience to articulate your knowledge and work in oral and written presentations.
  5. Provide relevant professional experience (professional ethics and responsibility) and prepare you for future challenges.
  6. Provide the ability to think clearly and work independently and along with a team.
  7. Enhance your verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to contribute efficiently in a professional environment and in the community.

Successful projects

Upon completion, all project works will be open source and available on GitHub (if applicable) and the final presentation will be uploaded on YouTube.

Special arrangements

Please note: For students with disabilities, it is University’s policy to take necessary steps to minimize the impact of disability during the internship period and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance the students’ learning experience and participation.

Project Descriptions

Applications are open now for summer semester (November 2022- February 2023), and close on 7 October 2022. 

Apply now!

If you have any questions, please contact a2i2-internships@deakin.edu.au.