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ANSTO High School Work Experience Program 2024

For over 10 years, ANSTO has successfully run a variety of quality Work Experience Programs for high school students.

Applications for the 2024 ANSTO Work Experience Program have now closed. All applicants will be notified via email of the outcome of their application in due time.

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ANSTO Work Experience Programs

The ANSTO Work Experience Program is extensive, interactive and hands on! It offers students a rare opportunity to engage with world-class scientists, gain exposure to working laboratories and gain insights into pioneering nuclear science research at ANSTO.

In 2024, three different Work Experience Programs will be on offer to students, running across June and October for a total duration of 1 week each. Students are responsible for any transport, accommodation, and activities outside of work experience hours. Public Transport to ANSTO is available. ANSTO is also offering the opportunity to apply for up to $500 in travel funding to encourage regional and rural based students who may otherwise not be able to apply for the program.

Engineering Program 2023

Engineering – ANSTO, Lucas Heights, NSW

Students engage with a variety of scientists involved in major mechanical and electrical engineering projects within nuclear science and technology at ANSTO. Students will also gain insights into ANSTO’s engineering design processes (e.g. CAD software). Approximately 8 spots are available.


Read more about ANSTO’s Lucas Heights facilities

Women in STEM 2023

Women in STEM - ANSTO, Lucas Heights, NSW

Focussed on female students interested in a career in nuclear science, students engage with scientists from ANSTO Nuclear Medicine (ANM), the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS), the Centre for Accelerator Science (CAS), the Environmental Radioactivity Measurement Centre and more. This program is available to any student who identifies as female or non-binary. Approximately 8 spots will be available.

Read more about ANSTO’s Lucas Heights facilities

Synchrotron Program 2023

The Australian Synchrotron – ANSTO, Clayton, VIC

Students engage with scientists at the Australian Synchrotron – the largest particle accelerator in the southern hemisphere and a major component of Australia’s science infrastructure. Students will engage in areas of both science and engineering at the Australian Synchrotron.

Approximately 6 spots will be available.

Read more about The Australian Synchrotron

Application Process

The program is open to students in Years 9 12 from across Australia. Students must submit an online Application Form and explain in 250 words why they would like to complete an ANSTO Work Experience Program.

The application process for 2024 programs has now closed.

ANSTO is committed to diversity and inclusion so we encourage everyone to apply. Students can also apply for ANSTO travel funds (up to $500 per student, approximately 6 awards will be available). 

Important Dates

Applications for 2024 have now closed.

Application closing date: Friday, 15th March 2024

Engineering program dates:

Tue, 30th April - Fri, 3rd May 2024

Synchrotron program dates:

Tue 11th – Fri 14th June 2024

Women in STEM program dates:

Mon 11th - Fri 15th November 2024

ANSTO Education team

Contact the Education team at ANSTO's discovery centre for any questions relating to tours, learning resources or nuclear science.