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 2011/2012 Undergraduate Internships at CAIA
Monday December 5th 2011  --  Friday February 17th 2012

CAIA is offering two internships over the summer 2011/2012 break for students who are currently 2 (or more) years through 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 5th 2011 to
Friday February 17th 2012 with a break for Christmas from December 24th to January 2nd inclusive.

Potential applicants should make initial contact with CAIA by midday, Monday October 17th 2011.


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 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. Many students have taken internships at CAIA in past years.

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 limited to students who meet the following criteria:

  • By the end of this current semester you will have completed two (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 2012 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 Telecommunications 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 2011. 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 why you wish to be considered for this Internship
  • States that you are available full time from Monday December 5th 2011  to Friday February 17th 2012.
  • 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 2011 - see criteria above).
Second: By 12pm (midday) Monday October 17th 2011
  • 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 18th 2011 you will receive an email requesting that you upload your document from Step 1 using SCP to an IP address specified in the email.
  • You must complete this upload step by 5pm Thursday October 20th 2011. (You will not need a password. If this requirement does not make sense, re-consider step 2.)
Fourth: On Friday October 21st 2011 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 21st. Where an objective tie-break is required, we will chose the person whose SSH key arrived first (in step 2 above).

Last Updated: Friday 19-Aug-2011 09:13:36 AEST | Maintained by: Philip Branch ( | Authorised by: Grenville Armitage (