Graduate Industry Placement Program

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Gain valuable work experience in our Graduate Industry Placement Program

Each year, DST offers a limited number of long-term placement opportunities of up to 12 months in length.

The Graduate Industry Placement (GIP) Program provides those students who are required to complete a compulsory industry placement component as part of their post graduate degree with an opportunity for a work placement of up to 12 months with Defence Science and Technology (DST).  The GIP program is based around the industry project, with the graduate spending a portion of their time at DST while completing their coursework at university.

Placements are paid and students are supervised by DST staffs who work closely with the university to ensure that academic requirements are met.

Projects may be available at any DST site across Australia.

Applications for the 2020 intake will be advertised in June 2019.

Apply via the GIP page on the Defence Careers website.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a Graduate Industry Placement at DST, you must:

  • be enrolled fulltime at an Australian tertiary institution undertaking a postgraduate degree
  • have a degree requirement to undertake a practical placement with industry
  • be an Australian citizen; and
  • be eligible to obtain a Baseline security clearance.

Further information

For further information and details contact us at

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

At DST, we want a workforce of talented people who excel and innovate by harnessing different views, ideas and experiences. We embrace diversity, and value the contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people bring to our workplaces.

Eligible Indigenous students can apply for this program through the Indigenous pathway.

If you apply through this pathway, you will commence in the same program as your peers, under the same conditions.

Any question relating to Indigenous recruitment can be forwarded to the .

Key information

  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Graduate Industry Placements
  • Instructions for Applicants
  • Project Proposals