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Internships/work experience—Student Practicum Placements in QAS Sport Science

QAS Sport Science offers a number of student placements to final year undergraduate and postgraduate university students each year. These placements are usually for a minimum of 8-10 weeks fulltime.
Please note: Student placements are not offered to high school students and Queensland-based students are given priority over Inter-State applicants.

Placement overview

This is an exciting opportunity for prospective scientists to gain valuable practical experience in preparing elite athletes and working alongside some of Australia’s leading applied sport scientists while completing their required practicum placement within their degree program.
NB: QAS Sport Science practicum placements are unpaid.

Sport Science student placement description summary

This placement will be located in the QAS Sport Science Department. The student will be directly supervised by a QAS Sport Science staff member to deliver general and specialised sport science services to QAS athletes across a number of sports.

Remuneration: Nil

Position description

The position is responsible to the Sport Science Manager, QAS, and liaising to other QAS sport scientists, coaches and athletes. QAS Sport Scientists work across a range of disciplines including physiology, biomechanics and skill acquisition.
Frequent out of hours work (early mornings, late evenings and weekends) is a significant component of the placement and travel is also required. Access to a vehicle is preferable but not a requirement.

This position is not paid nor are there reimbursements for expenses. Students currently enrolled in university degree programs must complete this placement as a fieldwork opportunity. If any student wishes to complete the placement as voluntary work-experience then personal liability insurance must be taken out for successful applicants in order to complete the placement.

Students will get the opportunity to work with a number of sports and with various projects in general sport science. Student placements will assist with a number of initiatives in any area of QAS Sport Science. This may include laboratory and field based fitness assessments and monitoring, computer based analysis or other wide-ranging techniques within the sport science field.

Application details

Who is eligible?

Student placements are available to undergraduate or postgraduate students studying Human Movement Studies/Exercise and Sport Science or an equivalent degree with an interest in providing high quality support for QAS athletes. Applicants with other related degrees such as Sports Engineering and Computer Science, for example, may also be considered. Student placements are NOT offered to high school students.
All applicants must provide the following with their application:

  • cover letter
  • CV
  • most recent academic record.

Cover letter must address the following key points in one A4 page or less:

  1. why the applicant would like the placement (career aspirations)
  2. knowledge of lab/field testing, lactate/hydration/training monitoring, performance analysis, and technology (cameras, software etc.)
  3. practical experience in lab/field testing, lactate/hydration/training monitoring, performance analysis, and technology (cameras, software etc.).

Applications submitted without meeting the above requirements will NOT be processed.

Other requirements

The following are also required for the student placement;

  • current Working with Children Check (Blue Card)
  • current CPR Certificate
  • current First Aid Certificate
  • University Practicum Agreement (where relevant).

Key dates

Applications for placements are due by early March for Semester 2 and Semester 1 of the following year. During each placement period (10 weeks) QAS will offer a placement to one student only. Prior to the selection of successful applicants, short-listed applicants will be required to attend a short, informal interview at the QAS with a number of Sport Science staff members.

How to apply

Please send a copy of your application (including cover letter, CV and academic record) via email to for the attention of Dr Trish King.

Last reviewed
17 May 2016
Last updated
18 May 2015