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Employment and Internships


There are no current vacancies. Please email info@monash.edu if you would like to submit an Expression of Interest to be held on file.


From time to time, ACFS hosts interns from Monash University with experience in finance, economics, commerce or marketing under the Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) program. Interns typically work on a part-time basis while continuing their studies. Speak to your course adviser for further information or email info@patch.australiancentre.muhosting.com.au to submit an Expression of Interest.

Please note that all internships are located at our Melbourne office and are unpaid.

AMSI Intern - ACFS Financial Services Internship Program (ON HOLD)

AMSI Intern

ACFS partnered with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) to launch the AMSI Intern – ACFS Financial Services Internship Program, an innovative PhD intern program that enables finance firms to gain access to high-end quantitative and analytical expertise to address short-term research needs.

Does your Organisation have a Research Need?

The AMSI Intern program provides a cost effective solution for a research challenge facing your organisation. A not-for-profit organisation based at the University of Melbourne, AMSI Intern has an established network of postgraduate students who stem from Australia’s leading educational institutions, AMSI’s members.

Based on the international success of Mitacs in Canada, the innovative AMSI Intern model connects highly skilled and motivated PhD students (mentored by an academic supervisor) to solve problems within financial institutions.

Students are placed from all disciplines including mathematics and statistics, science, engineering, social and biological sciences, business, and economics, and introduce a new skill set into the workplace with the added specialist knowledge of an academic supervisor.

Key Benefits

  • Quick turnaround times coordinated and facilitated by AMSI Intern
  • Access high-end quantitative and analytical expertise that may not currently exist within your business
  • Flexible, short-term 4-5 month placements drive research-based decisions for high priority projects
  • Cost effective model aligns with the organisations budgets and research time lines
  • Funding may be available for SME’s
  • Claimable on R&D Tax Incentive
  • Increase quality of workforce within the Australian financial and investment community
  • Gain a competitive edge and increase effectiveness within your organisation
  • Well prepared students are ready for industry having completed the FINSIA industry perspective program
  • Build your talent pipeline and provide a platform for recruitment opportunities
  • We will ‘match’ your research needs with the correct skill set – you choose the intern

The Evidence

Arvind Gupta‘The Intern Program is a switch that connects industry and universities together for research collaborations.’
Dr Arvind Gupta, CEO & Scientific Director of Mitacs, which places more than 2,000 interns into industry each year.



‘[There is] overwhelming evidence that the before-fees performance realised by products managed by firms employing PhDs exceeds the performance realised by their matched (by investment objective, product size, and previous performance) non-PhD counterparts.’
Frédéric Ducoulombier, EDHEC – Risk Institute and Director, Asia


Ian Chubb‘Work-readiness of our PhD students, and the links between industry engagement and national productivity, are critically important matters for this country …The AMSI Intern program is one such shining example.’
Prof. Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist of Australia



The Process – 5 Quick Steps

  1. Describe your research problem to AMSI Intern
  2. Review student resumés and academic mentor biographies sourced by AMSI Intern – confirm a shortlist
  3. AMSI Intern facilitates interviews between industry partner, students and academic mentors to discuss project’s key objectives and deliverables
  4. Review/approve project proposal developed by student and academic mentor
  5. AMSI Intern facilitates all administration including signed contracts by the organisation, University and student

Program Costs

  • $3,000 per month is paid to the student for the duration of the internship
  • $5,000 is paid to the academic mentor for their participation in the program (one off payment)
  • $5,000 is paid to AMSI Intern for administrative costs of project management and pre-placement training (one off payment)

Total costs: 4 month internship $22,000*, 5 month internship $25,000*

* Victorian-based firms with less than 200 employees may be eligible for the DSDBI Victorian Business R&D Voucher, resulting in a total cost for internships of $7,800.

AMSI Intern closely manages all intern placements to ensure key deliverables and outcomes are achieved. All students and academics are required to present findings midway through the placement and at its completion. Further details on the the AMSI Intern program can be found in the document below.

AMSI Intern – ACFS Financial Services Internship Program

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Please contact Cate Ballard, the National Program Manager, on (03) 9035 5037 or via email at cate@amsi.org.au to discuss the AMSI Intern – ACFS Financial Services Internship program.


Cate Ballard
National Program Manager, AMSI Intern
P: (03) 9035 5037 | E: cate@amsi.org.au | W: http://amsiintern.org.au
Industry Engagement

Industry Engagement

Research Partners

ACFS currently has research partnerships with:

  • The Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST)
  • National Australia Bank (NAB)
  • Bendigo & Adelaide Bank
  • Suncorp Group
  • Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (formerly DSDBI)

ACFS conducts contracted research for its research partners on mutually agreed topics. Contracted research is characterised by its independence and rigorous, expert analysis. Research partners may also be entitled to benefits including seats on the ACFS Advisory Board or a Research Program Committee, or invitations to ACFS events.

If your company is interested in becoming a research partner of ACFS, please contact us at info@monash.edu

Speaker Register

ACFS hosts regular boardroom briefings, twilight seminars, roundtables, and other events designed to bring together a practitioner and academic (‘prac-ac’) audience. If you have financial sector expertise and would like to pitch us a presentation idea, please contact Frieda Kukulka at c-acfsevents@monash.edu