Work experience

WEHI welcomes school students aged 15 years and over for work experience placements.

Under WEHI’s Secondary School Work Experience Program, students will have a unique opportunity to learn about careers in medical research by participating in a five-day program of research activities with our scientific teams.

Secondary School Work Experience Program

The program will give students direct experience working in medical research. As well as hands-on experience in the lab, the program also includes group workshops devoted to laboratory skills and safety, research ethics and science communication.

Up to 24 students will be selected for each of two week-long intakes (19–23 June and 11–15 September). The program is capped at 24 students for each intake to maximise access to key lab equipment and deliver a quality learning experience.

The program will take place at the WEHI Parkville campus.

Students will be expected to attend the entire program, approximately 9am – 4pm daily. All students will need to arrange their own transport to Parkville each day, as well as any necessary accommodation. Students will be paid $10 per day as part of the program.

Key dates

  • Applications open: Wednesday 1 February 2023.
  • Applications close: 5pm Wednesday 15 March 2023
  • Successful student applicants notified: Early April 2023
  • Program intake weeks:
    • 19–23 June 2023
    • 11–15 September 2023


The WEHI Secondary School Work Experience Program accepts students in year 10, who are aged 15 years or over on the first day of the program.

WEHI aims to provide educational opportunities to a range of students. We welcome applications from students with diverse backgrounds and life experiences.


Applications for the 2023 program are now closed (as of Wednesday 15 March 2023).

Applicants will be notified of whether they are successful in early April 2023.

Please sign up for our secondary school mailing list to be contacted about our future work experience program opportunities.

Other work experience opportunities at WEHI

We understand that for various reasons, not all year 10 students are able to apply for the Secondary School Work Experience Program.

School students who are not able to apply for the Secondary School Work Experience Program may directly contact WEHI laboratory heads or heads of our Professional Services teams about undertaking work experience at a mutually convenient time.

Please note that positions for work experience placements at other times of the year are very limited, and not all teams can accept students.


Contact us at the Scientific Education Office for more information.

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