Women In Engineering Camp
Are you a young woman currently in Year 10 or 11 and want a career where you can be at the forefront of positive change for society? Do you enjoy using lateral thinking, creativity and design? Or do you love problem solving, working in teams or have an aptitude for maths and science?
Join us for a four day 'camp' and find out about the exciting careers available to professional engineers.
When do applications open?
Applications for the 2018 camp close on 17 September 2017.
When is the camp held?
The next camp will run Monday 15 to Friday 19 January, 2018.
What does the camp involve?
Explore the diverse fields of engineering
Participate in interesting activities and workshops in health and bio systems, energy systems and the digital future
Meet like-minded students and work in teams on engineering design challenges
Visit sites around Sydney that showcase engineering in action. The companies visited are different each year.
Meet a range of successful engineers at a networking function
Explore career and lifestyle opportunities in Australia and internationally
Meet engineering students and graduates keen to share their experiences
Enjoy a number of social events and make new friends with similar interests to yours
Live on campus
Young women with a genuine interest in finding out about careers in engineering are encouraged to apply. To be eligible you must be an Australian citizen or permanent Australian resident, and be 16 years or older on 15 January, 2018.
How to Apply
When applications open, a link to an application form will appear on this page.
- A statement about why you want to attend the camp (max 500 characters)
- A statement about what interests you about maths/science (max 500 characters)
- A statement about your academic achievements (max 500 characters)
- A statement about your extra-curricular achievements (max 500 characters)
- A referee we can contact
- Your most recent school report
Available places in the Women in Engineering Camp are limited. Applicants will be selected on the basis of aptitude for engineering, including an interest in maths and science subjects at high school.
Places are reserved for students from rural areas and cases of financial hardship will be considered upon written application.
For more information about the camp, please email us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible to apply for the Women in Engineering Camp?
You are eligible if you are:
- An Australian citizen or permanent Australian resident
- Entering Year 11 or Year 12 in an Australian high school in 2018*
- Female, and at least 16 years old as at 15 January 2018
*Preference will be given to students entering Year 12.
What type of activities will I be undertaking at the Women in Engineering Camp?
- Participating in hands-on activities and workshops in health and bio systems, energy systems, the digital future, and more
- Working in teams on engineering design challenges
- Visiting sites around Sydney that showcase engineering in action
- Living on campus in UNSW student accommodation
- Networking with successful engineers in industry and government.
- Exploring career and lifestyle opportunities in Australia and internationally
- Meeting engineering students and graduates keen to share their experiences
- Enjoying a number of social events
When is the Camp scheduled?
The Women in Engineering Camp is held in January of each year.
This is a four-night residential program. Participants arrive at UNSW in the morning on the Monday of the program. The Camp concludes after lunch on the Friday.
What accommodation will be used for the Camp?
Students will be housed on campus in the UNSW Kensington Colleges, each with a private room and an adult female Houseparent for every 5-6 participants.
The college has several social areas where students can relax and bond with their fellow participants. Each student will sleep in her own private single room with a locking door. The room has a bed, cupboard and desk.Linen is provided and all meals from Monday lunch to Friday lunch are included. A coin operated laundry is available in the building.
Who will be in the role of House Parent?
All houseparents are female UNSW Faculty of Engineering student ambassadors, and have been carefully selected by University staff.
All houseparents have undergone the Working with Children check by the Commission for Children and Young People and received houseparent training. Several are first aid certified.
What is the cost of attending the Women in Engineering Camp in January?
Attendance will cost $200 (incl. GST).
The Camp is substantially subsidised by the UNSW Faculty of Engineering with most of the expenses covered, including all meals. In cases of financial hardship, assistance will be considered on written application. Thanks to a generous donation from the James N Kirby Foundation, regional travel grants are available to help cover transport costs for participants from interstate or regional areas. If you would like to apply for a travel grant, please complete the relevant section on the application form.
What is the deadline for applying for the Women in Engineering Camp using the online application service?
Applications close 17 September 2017.
Do I need to submit any documentation with my application?
Yes. You are required to submit a copy of your most recent School Report. You are also able to submit other documentation that you think will enhance your application. If you are unable to attach a pdf of your documents to the online application, please mail or fax them to: Applications Administrator, Women in Engineering Camp (WIEC), Faculty of Engineering Administrative Unit, Level 6, K17 Building, UNSW Sydney 2052. Fax: +61 2 9385 5456.
Can I authorise another person to complete the online application form?
No. You must personally complete the application. Submission of your application requires formal acceptance of these conditions.
What if I don't have internet access?
Contact the Women in Engineering Camp Applications Administrator - Tel: +61 2 9385 7458; Fax: +61 2 9385 5456; E: WIEC@unsw.edu.au.
How many applications can I submit?
Only one application will be allowed per Camp. If more than one application is submitted, only the first will be processed and subsequent applications will be disregarded. If you need to change your application after you have submitted, please contact the Applications Administrator (Tel: +61 2 9385 7458; Fax: +61 2 9385 5456; E: WIEC@unsw.edu.au).
Will I receive an acknowledgment of application receipt?
Yes. When you 'Submit Application' you will receive a formal Acknowledgment of Receipt by email. Your application is not complete until you receive this notification and incomplete applications cannot be processed.
Is Help available?
If you have any questions or experience any difficulties while completing your application for the Women in Engineering Camp, please do not hesitate to contact the Applications Administrator (Tel: +61 2 9385 7458; Fax: +61 2 9385 5456; E: WIEC@unsw.edu.au).
When will I be notified of the outcome of my application?
Offer letters are sent by early October. Notification of an unsuccessful application will be provided from November.
What do students have to say about the camp?
“Simply amazing! Nearly every aspect blew my expectations out of the water. I have no words for how incredible this camp was and I just hope it continues for a long time.”
“The camp was so amazingly organised. It ran so smoothly! I would like to thank the organisers and houseparents for all the time they put in to make sure we enjoyed ourselves and we certainly did!!”
“I learnt that engineering impacts our day to day life, from toothpaste to the bionic eye. I discovered that engineers make what seems to be impossible possible.”
“I had a really brilliant time and absolutely loved meeting so many people who were all interested in the same thing as I was. I also loved all the opportunities we had to meet real engineers and get a proper idea of what engineering is all about.”
“If you love science and maths - just do it. Trust me - it's definitely worth it. You will see...”
“Honestly, I would say this camp is quite life-changing.”