Explore Your Future Career with UNSW's Industry Partnerships

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At UNSW we partner with the best in every industry. That's why we rank 27th in the world for Graduate Employability. It’s our job to make your professional dreams a reality when you graduate. We leverage awarded career readiness programs and training with close industry ties and networking opportunities to give our students the very best shot. And it works, because we’ve got graduates who’ve reached these heights in their career.

Industry Partners Make a Difference

Jason Chan, a UNSW Science graduate, now works for WSP, a multinational professional services firm that employs over 50, 000 people. Jason knew how important UNSW’s industry connections would be in his career success when he graduated.  “It was the industry collaborations UNSW had that first attracted my attention. UNSW has a strong focus on industry collaborations with plenty of opportunities for students to network and develop essential skills for their career,” Jason says.

Jason Chan

We embed opportunities to get professional experience as early as possible in your degree. We have some of the most reputed industry partners in the world and our students benefit from these relationships. Taylor McDonald is a fourth-year Mining Engineering student at UNSW. The idea of working with a company an influential as NASA felt like a far-off dream for Taylor, until it wasn’t. “Never did I think I would be working with a NASA engineer as an undergraduate at UNSW,” Taylor says.


Leverage Opportunities to Connect and Collaborate

Through UNSW’s unique and awarded ChallEng program which links students with leading companies in the Engineering industry, Taylor took part in a project team called MINEX. He worked on a project collaborating with engineers from different disciplines to design solutions to challenges in the mining industry. Their project was Off-Earth Mining, a vital step in the advancement of space exploration and moon colonisation.


UNSW has ongoing ties with NASA as part of an industry partnership that has seen NASA currently using software developed by UNSW. Thanks to this partnership, Taylor could lean on UNSW’s existing relationship with NASA to gain formidable industry experience that’ll stand out on his resume.

Taylor’s team collaborated with some of the best minds in the world during their project, redesigning the Bucket Drum for the NASA RASSOR robot. “We were fortunate to be able to conduct meetings with Laurent Sibille, a senior technology developer at NASA who has been part of the teams designing robots for Off-Earth Mining. Learning from a professional working at NASA was fascinating. We were able to pitch our own RASSOR designs to Laurent,” Taylor explained.

Prepare for Work by Doing the Work

UNSW’s strong industry ties means students receive a foot in the door to some of the best companies in the world. This includes feedback, mentoring and a leg up from academics, industry professionals and leading researchers in and outside of UNSW.

Adam Halmy on Campus

Science student Adam Halmy says his internships at UNSW are what has prepared him most for work when he graduates. “One thing that has led to me being most career-ready are the two internships I’ve been able to do while studying, one based at UNSW, in the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology. It was great to apply the skills I’d been learning to an actual job.”

 The career-readiness opportunities UNSW offers like internships or Industrial Training are one of the main reasons the Good Universities Guide gave us the maximum five-star rating for ‘Getting a Job’. The Good Universities Guide found more than 76% of UNSW undergraduates find full-time employment within four months of graduating, compared to the national average of 69%.

Join us where the leading minds unite - the thought-leaders that develop technology for NASA, the students talented enough to contribute to the key work of UNESCO and our industry partners who shape industries rather than just lead them. Learn more about UNSW’s industry connections.