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The GenV Student & Internship Program

Ready to volunteer in one of the world’s most exciting children’s research projects? In a dynamic collaborative space, where you can grasp new opportunities.

GenV is the largest children’s cohort ever to be planned in Australia, with the aim of solving complex problems facing children today. It hopes to lead to new discoveries, new ways to predict and treat problems, and better or safer care for children. GenV is led from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, one of the top 5 children’s research
institutes internationally.

The GenV student and internship program enables undergraduate and postgraduate students from Australia and overseas to undertake placements within a multi-disciplinary research environment.

At GenV, we envision a world where talented and high ability researchers around the globe have immersive, collaborative, cutting-edge training they require to thrive.

Students will be drawn from a variety of disciplines which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medicine
  • Public health
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Nursing
  • Data science
  • Social sciences

Student Program

The purpose of the GenV student program is to provide placements for students to undertake projects or industry placements which are for academic or course credit.

What does the student program entail?

The GenV student program aims to match successful students with projects that are closely aligned with their course requirements, interests and abilities. Students will be involved in one of the following:

  • one unique project
  • multiple small projects
  • a component of a large project working with other students.

Students are encouraged to attend and participate in research related activities organised by MCRI such as seminars, presentations and other special events.

Who is eligible to apply?

Admission into the GenV student program is open to the following category of students:

  1. Senior undergraduate and postgraduate students (typically honours, masters, PhDs, Postdocs) from a variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  2. Domestic and international students enrolled in Australian degree bearing programs.

How can I apply?

Students considering undertaking a placement with GenV are welcome to submit an Expression of Interest form at any time and reach out in advance to the Student Coordinator Ella Perlow to inquire about available student placements and discuss project details.  GenV will contact you in due course to advise if you have been shortlisted and you will be invited to attend an interview.


Internship program

The purposes of the GenV internship program are for students to gain work experience, to contribute to knowledge building and to experience skill development. It is a wonderful opportunity for a comprehensive and engaging experience with academic and scientific research, and to ultimately observe theory being put into practice. The internship program draws on the expertise of its core team: Cohort 2020s, Data Innovation, Bio Discovery and the Solutions Hub, and that of researchers specialising in a broad range of GenV research areas.

Please note all internship placements are unpaid, we value your commitment in giving your time willingly to further support the GenV research projects. Internships are not for the purpose of obtaining specific academic credit or as part of a structured course requirement.

What does the internship program entail?

The GenV internship program aims to match successful interns with research projects that are closely aligned with their interests and abilities. Interns will be involved in one of the following:

  • one unique project
  • multiple small projects
  • a component of a large project working with other interns

Interns are encouraged to attend and participate in research related activities organised by MCRI such as seminars, presentations and other special events. Depending on the project interns may also be rotated through different research streams within GenV in order to garner a broader scope of experiences.

When are the internships offered, and for how long do they run?

Internships are offered throughout the year. Candidates who are successfully matched to a suitable and available project will then be able to negotiate with GenV for their internship to be conducted over a mutually convenient time frame.

Who is eligible to apply?

Admission into the GenV internship program is open to the following category of students:

  1. Senior undergraduate students (at completion stage or final stages of their undergraduate degree), postgraduate students, and Australian or international students.
  2. Graduates interested in gaining some work experience after their degree.

How can I apply?

The application procedure is as follows:

  1. Submit an Expression of Interest.
  2. You will be placed on the GenV list of interested applicants.
  3. GenV will contact you to acknowledge receipt of your application. You will be advised if you have been shortlisted within 2 weeks. You will then be invited to attend an interview if any projects are available which suit your interests, abilities, level of study completed and availability.

Applicants are welcome to submit an Expression of Interest form at any time and reach out in advance to the Student Coordinator Ella Perlow to inquire about available placements and discuss project details. Please note that the outcome will depend on the strength of your application, your availability and the projects available at GenV during the time period you are applying for.


Ongoing GenV Student/Internship Projects 2020

  1. Consent models in birth cohort studies: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Primary Supervisor: Dr Jessika Hu

Prospective applicants are urged to reach out in advance to the Student Coordinator Ella Perlow to inquire about available student placements and discuss project details.


Available Student/Internship Projects 2020/21

Honours/Masters Projects

  1. Prescribed antenatal and perinatal medication in Victorian birthing hospitals. Primary Supervisor: Dr Jessika Hu
  2. Antibiotic stewardship and outcomes in Victorian birthing hospitals. Primary Supervisor: Dr Jessika Hu
  3. Statewide outcomes for babies in special care nurseries. Primary Supervisor: Dr Jing Wang
  4. How statewide outcomes for babies in special care nurseries vary by models of care. Primary Supervisor: Dr Jing Wang
  5. Statewide outcomes for Victoria’s most complex pregnancies. Primary Supervisor: A/Prof Joanne Said
  6. Engaging high-value cohorts for a state-wide health research initiative. Primary Supervisor: Dr Libby Hughes
  7. Making cohort participation fairer to solve real problems for real populations: Generation Victoria (GenV). Primary Supervisor: Dr Susan Clifford
  8. A more complete picture of health and wellbeing – the inclusion of fathers in family research. Primary Supervisor: Ms Alisha Gulenc

phd projects

  1. Improving lifetime outcomes for babies in special care nurseries. Primary Supervisor: Professor Melissa Wake
  2. Taking placenta to scale: The population burden of disordered placentation and placental function. Primary Supervisors: Professors Melissa Wake and Richard Saffery
  3. Precision prediction of maternal and child outcomes from routine fetal ultrasounds. Primary Supervisor: Professor Melissa Wake
  4. Mapping hospital health records in Victoria, Australia for tracking pregnancy medicines use. Primary Supervisor: Dr Jessika Hu
  5. Antibiotic stewardship and related polices impact on child health outcomes. Primary Supervisor: Dr Jessika Hu

Prospective applicants are urged to reach out in advance to the Student Coordinator Ella Perlow to inquire about available student placements and discuss project details.


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