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High School Work Experience Program

The CCD offers a High School Work Experience program, suitable for students in years 10, 11 and 12, during which students have the opportunity to be immersed in a range of research training activities and gain an idea about what it's like to choose a career path in research.

Researchers at the CCD have expertise in cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, brain imaging, virtual reality and speech pathology and collaborate to conduct research in the study of cognition, its disorders and their treatment.

Student with researcher discussing an experiment

Student with researcher discussing an experiment

Students will have the opportunity to be immersed in a range of research training activities and gain an idea about what it's like to choose a career path in research.

Activities may include:

  • observation of research projects
  • attendance at lab meetings and reading groups
  • reading and discussion of accessible research papers
  • shadowing of a variety of researchers and other staff members to learn about their work
  • sampling of an online course about delusions and disorders of the mind
  • design and execution of a mini research project
  • presenting a summary of learning and/or research project findings to a small group

Students may also have the opportunity to directly experience some research project activities if interested. Availability of specific activities may vary depending on the timing of the student visit.

The Centre offers placements to small groups of students during specified weeks each year to facilitate mini research project design opportunities and simulate the experience of working with a research team.

General information for students:

  • Hours: Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Lunch: One-hour lunch break daily; refrigerator available for storing a packed
    lunch or several options on-campus for purchasing lunch
  • Attire: Business casual clothing with closed shoes recommended
  • Induction: All students will participate in a safety and site induction session upon
    arrival on their first day.

Application Process

To apply for work experience please return the completed Application Form to

Please note that places are strictly limited and with a growing demand for places in previous years, students are encouraged to submit an application form as early as possible.
Applications for the 2018 CCD Work Experience Program will close on Friday 2 March 2018.

2018 application forms

2018 placement dates

  • Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June 2018
  • Monday 27 August to Friday 31 August 2018

Previous placement dates

  • Monday 27 November to Friday 1 December 2017 (FULL)
  • Monday 31 July to Friday 4 August 2017 (FULL)
  • Monday 1 May to Friday 5 May 2017 (FULL)
  • Monday 21 November to Friday 25 November 2016 (FULL)
  • Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July 2016 (FULL)
  • Tuesday 29 March to Friday 1 April 2016 (FULL)


Further Information

Contact Details

Telephone: +61 2 9850 4127
Email :
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