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Work Experience

2017 Questacon Work Experience Program

About the team?

Questacon is Australia’s National Science & Technology Centre, we strive to promote greater understanding and awareness of science and technology within the community. We're committed to making that experience fun, interactive, and relevant.

Questacon operates out of two locations in Canberra and also runs many national programmes that take to the roads each year to bring science and technology to Australians across the country.

We create opportunities for our visitors to get hands on with science. We provide quality and relevant interactive exhibitions and programs that present science and technology in contemporary contexts. The exhibitions at Questacon aim to delight, engage, inform and inspire our visitors.

Our ideal candidate

We are seeking school students looking to gain work experience in a number of industries including science, technology, engineering, tourism or museum sectors and retail. Our work experience program covers a variety of work areas at Questacon.

What you will do?

We are currently offering the following work experience programs at Questacon.

Visitor Experience

Learn how our Visitor Services staff create a positive and meaningful visitor experience at Questacon. Visitor Service staff work in galleries where they engage visitors with science concepts through our interactive exhibitions, provide a warm welcome, great customer service and orientation to Questacon. This is a 5 day program (9-5pm) available in Term 3 and 4, one day will be spent working in our busy retail business where you will get exposure to retail business operations.

Questacon Programs

In this programme you will experience first-hand how Questacon staff engage the public with science and technology through demonstrations and open-ended activities. The programme staff work across a variety of outreach and Centre specific programmes in order to promote opportunities for all Australians to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The programme involves spending time at both Questacon Parkes and the Ian Potter Technology Learning Centre located in Deakin. This is a 5 day program (9am-5pm) available 6th to 10th November in Term 4.


The Production Team is responsible for the development and construction of the world class science based and interactive exhibits that are seen at Questacon and across our travelling exhibitions.

For someone interested in making things with their hands and in spending time in workshops, playing with electronics, problem solving, or engineering mechanical widgets this is an opportunity to see how those interests could be the start of a unique career in a creative exhibition environment.

Our five day program can be customised to suit a particular interest where possible, and will introduce students to aspects of:
◾Workshop safety and procedures.
◾Computer aided Design and 3D modelling.
◾Industrial Design and Engineering development.
◾Software and Electronics programming and development.
◾Computer controlled machining.
◾Manual machining and fabrication skills.
◾Materials and construction methods used in exhibit development.

During the program there is an opportunity for the student to nominate a simple project to build and keep, that will utilise the knowledge and skills associated with these aspects of exhibition design and development learned during the time they spend with us. This is a 5 day program (8am-4pm) available Term 3 and 4.


To be eligible, students must be in Years 10, 11 or 12 only and be participating in a school sponsored work experience program.


Applications for 2017 placements will close on Sunday 30th July 2017 and applications for 2018 placements will open on Monday 30th April (start of term 2) until Monday 28th May 2018. Students or their Work Experience Coordinator are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

There are limited places available for the programs, therefore submitting an application does not guarantee a placement. Applications will be acknowledged on receipt, however only those applicants who can be offered a placement will receive further advice. To those applicants not offered a place, thank you for your interest.

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. Applicants will be asked the following questions to complete your application for the work experience program.
◾Which work experience program you are interested in?
◾What school year are you currently in?
◾School name and contact details?
◾Your availability to complete the work experience program?

Please address the following statement of claims in your application:
1.Tell us in 50 words or less why you would like to participate in a work experience at Questacon. #LI-TW1

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Questacon Information Centre on (02) 6270 2800 or info@questacon.edu.au. Enquiries will be directed to the relevant business areas.

Learn more about Questacon

Click these links to learn more about Questacon - http://careers.industry.gov.au/cw/en/job/494349/2017-questacon-work-experience-program

Advertised: 30 Jun 2017 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 30 Jul 2017 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time