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Shoal Internship 2022

The Shoal Internship program offers a 12 week, paid internship for two undergraduate, engineering or maths students to join our team in Adelaide or Canberra. Each year, we seek students with a thirst for curiosity. We ask them a question that they will answer in a 60 second application video.

Applications are now closed and will re-open in July 2022.

Key dates 

The key dates for our 2022 internship applications are below.

Internship timeline


We undertake a competitive selection process, challenging students to team up with a partner to pitch their ideas in a video application. The video must address the internship question (to be released when applications open – refer ‘Key dates’). Your video can be filmed on your phone, must be no longer than 60 seconds and use very minimal edits (we want to focus on your response, not editing skills).

Alongside the video, you will also need to submit your Curricula Vitae (CV), and a one page cover letter that introduces each partner and your complementary skill set as a team.  Feel free to prepare these elements of your application prior to the release of our question.

If you have registered with us using the form above, you will be emailed our internship question when it is released. You will have four days to prepare your pitch and submit it via this web page.

Testimonial - Internship - Fraser

What are the eligibility criteria?

Applicants must be a team of two people. Each team member must be undertaking an engineering or maths degree at an Australian university and have completed, or currently undertaking, their penultimate year. You do not need to be eligible for a defence security clearance, however you do need to inform us of your Australian residency or visa status in your CV. Students are invited to apply from all around Australia but will have to be willing to make the move to Adelaide or Canberra as the internship will be based in the Adelaide or Canberra offices. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in person, or via video conference.

What do you mean by ‘Paid internship’?

An approximate wage of $25 per hour plus 25% casual loading plus superannuation will be paid to each member of the successful team to compensate them for their contribution to Shoal. Over the nominal time of the internship of 12 weeks, and 38 hours per week this would equate to a remuneration of around $14,250 per person. Noting, we will be flexible on start and finish times to ensure we find the right team, and hence this total remuneration is an approximation.

What if I am unable to travel to Adelaide or Canberra for the internship due to COVID-19 travel restrictions?

It is our preference that interns are based at our Head Office in Adelaide or Canberra in order to receive effective mentoring and support from our engineers and leadership. However, Shoal is well-practiced in remote working and can be flexible on this requirement should travel restrictions be in effect at the commencement of the internship.

Are any additional expenses covered by the ‘paid internship’

No. Other than the above-mentioned wage, all other expenses (such as flights to attend the internship, accommodation, travel to and from work, incidentals etc if required) will be at the expense of the interns.

Can Shoal be flexible with respect to the start and end dates of the internship?

Yes. Shoal is seeking applicants for a 3 month internship however recognise that good candidates may have an exam or other extra-curricular activities that might impact their capacity to commence the internship within the stated time frame. As such, we are willing to be reasonably flexible with the start date of the internship. If you require this flexibility, please make a note in your cover letter when submitting your application.

What support will I receive during the internship?

During the internship you can expect to be partnered with two junior Systems Engineers, with overall guidance from a Senior Engineer who will provide advice on your internship project. Working as part of Shoal’s collaborative culture, you will also enjoy the opportunity to participate in company all-in meetings, Engineering Knowledge Sharing sessions, Sector Team Meetings and have access to other Engineering professionals and leads, including Shoal’s Chief Engineer.

In addition, you will undertake a comprehensive induction upon commencement, which will help you get up to speed with how things are done at Shoal, so you can focus on your project.

Shoal takes its internship seriously and commits to ensuring its interns are provided every opportunity to learn and enjoy the Shoal culture.

You have stated that you are seeking applications from teams of two (2)? What if I can’t find anyone to apply with me?

It is Shoal’s preference to take on a team of two (2) interns. This provides a good opportunity for team mates to support each other through the internship program. If you can’t find anyone to apply with, consider ways in which to tap into other individuals facing a similar situation. One of Shoal’s values is ‘Creative’ – consider how you could be ‘creative’ with respect to partnering with other interested parties to apply for the internship.

How will I get together with my partner to film a video application?

We do understand that many cities and states are in lockdown right now, so no need to film together. We recommend interacting over your chosen video platform – Zoom, Meet, Teams as long as you can record it!

May I edit my video application?

No. Videos must be no longer than 1 min in length. Rather than your editing prowess, we are seeking insight into your team dynamic, problem solving and thought processes.

I am having difficulty uploading my application. Who can I contact?

Email [email protected] and advise that you’re having trouble uploading your application for the our internship program. You will be directed to the most appropriate person.

Alternatively, instructions on creating a YouTube account, uploading a video and changing privacy settings can be found at the following links:

By submitting an internship application, you agree that Shoal may use, reproduce and communicate the idea(s) contained in your application for its internal business purposes, including assessment and promotional purposes.  If you are granted an internship, Shoal will own all intellectual property rights in any inventions, innovations or materials created in relation to the idea(s), unless otherwise agreed in writing.

Shoal reserves the right to use the content from your video for further promotion.

Testimonial - Internship - Ramkumar