As part of a broader organisational restructure, data networking research at Swinburne University of Technology has moved from the Centre for Advanced Internet Architecture (CAIA) to the Internet For Things (I4T) Research Lab.

Although CAIA no longer exists, this website reflects CAIA's activities and outputs between March 2002 and February 2017, and is being maintained as a service to the broader data networking research community.

Summer 2008/2009 Undergraduate Internships at CAIA
Monday December 8th 2008  --  Friday February 20th 2009

Applications are now closed for Summer 2008/2009

CAIA is offering three internships over the summer 2008/2009 break for students who have completed at least 2 years of a Telecommunications Engineering, Electronic Engineering or Computer Engineering bachelors degree at an Australian university (or an approved double-degree containing one of those degree programs). The ideal candidates will have a strong interest in IP data networking and be curious about research in Internet protocol design, development and evaluation.

The internships will last for 11 weeks, from Monday December 8th 2008  to
Friday February 20th 2009 (with a break for Christmas from December 25th 2008 to January 2nd 2009 inclusive).

Potential applicants should make initial contact with CAIA by midday, Monday October 20th,  2008.


Successful applicants will be assigned to a project based on our evaluation of applicant skillset and academic record. You will work with a member of CAIA Research staff as directed by Associate Professor Grenville Armitage


Internships are an opportunity to explore life in a research centre, collaborate with experienced academic staff and do a research project outside the boundaries of a regular undergraduate curriculum.

You will begin to appreciate the combination of action and imagination that drives modern data networking research.

You may even have fun.


A tax-exempt stipend of $400/week will be paid to each intern under this scheme.

This internship is open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • By the end of this current semester you will have completed at 2 (or more) years of a Telecommunications Engineering, Electronic Engineering or Computer Engineering bachelors degree at an Australian university (or an approved double-degree containing one of those degree programs).
  • In 1st semester 2009 you will be continuing the bachelors degree (or double degree) listed in the preceding point.
  • You have achieved an average grade of at least 75% over your most recent 150 credit points of subjects studied for your Telecomms Engineering, Electronic Engineering or Computer Engineering degree.  (A typical semester will have subjects totalling 50 credit points, so for many applicants this amounts to your most recent  3 semesters or 1.5 years up to the middle of 2008. It is not necessary that each subject's grades are above 75%, but the overall average must exceed 75%.)

How to apply:

The application is in four parts.
(Yes, this is a modest screening process.)

Put together a single page document (ASCII or pdf) that clearly:
  • States that you wish to be considered for this Internship
  • States that you are available full time from Monday December 8th 2008  to Friday February 20th 2009.
  • Documents all your academic results (each subject and associated numeric grade) for the most recent 150 credit points (three semesters, which will not include 2nd Semester 2008 - see criteria above).
Second: By 12pm (midday) Monday October 20th,  2008:
  • generate a new SSH public/private key pair
  • email your new SSH public key by email to Dr Philip Branch ( with Subject line reading "CAIA Internship, SSH key"
  • NOTE: This public key must be generated in a format suitable for use with OpenSSH under unix
Third: On Tuesday October 21st 2008 you will receive an email requesting that you upload your document from Step 1 using SCP to an IP address specified in this email.
  • You must complete this upload step by 5pm Thursday October 23rd 2008. (You will not need a password. If this requirement does not make sense, re-consider step 2.)
Fourth: On Friday October 24th 2008 we will contact all applicants by email regarding the results of this application process (and next steps, if any)

Applications MUST be in pdf (with .pdf extension) or ASCII text (with .txt extension).
Final selection of applicants:

We may choose to use followup phone or in-person interviews to make our final selection. More details will be available after Friday October 24th 2008. Where an objective tie-break is required, we will chose the person whose SSH key arrived first (in step 2 above).

Last Updated: Friday 27-Mar-2009 13:45:40 AEDT | No longer maintained. Pre-2018 was maintained and authorised by Grenville Armitage,