How can RMIT research candidates and industry partners collaborate? There is a continuum of opportunities for industries and students to collaborate which include:
Working for industry
Candidates can be embedded within the workplace and working on an industry identified, directed and sponsored project, either as an employee, business owner/principal or as a sponsored candidate.
Working with industry
An existing or new collaboration between RMIT, a supervisor or a candidate and an industry partner/supervisor may result in the identification of a research project that has a specific application to or location within a particular industry. Although not fully sponsored (and the outputs owned) by the industry collaborator, the research may be informed and supported by the partners and contextual advice and insights contributed to the project.
In each of the above two models, candidates would be jointly supervised by both University and external supervisors and may be required to conduct their research at both the industry and university workplaces.
Working through industry
Aside from the research project itself, some candidates may benefit from developing more generic workplace skills and experiences through an industry placement or internship, not necessarily related to the candidate’s research or disciplinary focus. This short term placement could take place at any stage during candidature but may be best suited in the period after submission for examination. Such a placement could:
- support the development of professional work practices and exposure to work place cultures
- explore career options relevant to the discipline; and
- develop professional networks.