What is a global paid internship?

Students selected for global paid internships (RIIERP) complete six to twelve month placements at world-class businesses and institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA. All RIIERP placements are paid.

An overseas work or research opportunity gives you great life experience, the chance to build a global network and an edge with future employers. Eighty per cent of Australian companies we surveyed would favour a candidate with overseas experience.

Examples of work placements include:

  • Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis, USA - working on the F136 jet engine program for the Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft;
  • EADS Space Transportation, Friedrichshafen, Germany – helping with laboratory experiments on a prototype of a life support system for the international space station;
  • Airbus, Hamburg, Germany – working in the Future Projects office to develop computer based tools to estimate the weight of landing gears and engine pylons for the early stage of aircraft design.

What will you gain from the RIIERP program?

  • The opportunity to complete your industry work experience at overseas companies and gain exposure to work ethics in a different cultural environment. 
  • Experiences that will prepare you for a globalised world and to be globally employable.
  • Access to a wide range of infrastructure for the development of your vocational and research skills.
  • The ability to connect with global companies delivering best practice in industry sectors.

Who is eligible?

You are eligible to apply for RIIERP if you are enrolled in an RMIT award program, and

  • your grade point average (GPA) is 2.0 or higher; and
  • you are in at least the third year of your 4 or 5 year program; or
  • you are in at least the second year of your 3 year program; or
  • you are undertaking a postgraduate program.

What programs are available?

RIIERP offers six paid work placement and collaborative research opportunities, for students from all disciplines.

Where can I go?

Current partner companies and institutions include such respected names as Airbus, EADS, Bentley Motors, the Siemens Group, Nestle, Robert Bosch, Volkswagen, BMW, and the Rolls-Royce group in Europe, Asia and North America.

Follow the links below to research our partners, their line of business and current research, goverment or industry projects.

How much will it cost?

All RIIERP placements are paid, students are paid living allowances, the amount of which varies from company to company.

You will need to be able to cover the cost of your international travel, as well as international work-related costs such as visa, work permit and travel insurance.

How do I apply?

Step 1 Research our industry partners (use the links above), their line of business, and projects being carried out.

Step 2 Write a professional cover letter and comprehensive resume.

Step 3 Submit your online application before the July deadline.

Step 4 Attend an RMIT RIIERP selection panel interview.

Step 5 The selection panel will determine your suitability for available placements based on your academic performance (60%) and your interview (40%). If you meet company criteria the panel will recommend you to suitable partners.

Step 6 Company interview; some companies request to interview candidates directly.

Step 7  If successful, you will be notified and the RIIERP office will work with you to obtain the necessary travel documents and insurance. Please note that in all cases the final decision on the offer of an internship lies with the partner company.

Step 8 Attend a GEO ‘Pre-departure Symposium’.

Step 9 Your global adventure begins!

Important dates

Applications for placements beginning in 2020 are now closed. 

The application round for 2021 will open in April 2020 and close on Sunday 3 May 2020.