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Industry Experience Placement Program

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Gain valuable work experience in our Industry Experience Placement Program

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

The Industry Experience Placement (IEP) Program provides those students who are required to complete a compulsory industry placement component as part of their degree with an opportunity for a work placement of up to 12 months with Defence Science and Technology (DST).

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

Projects may be available at any DST site across Australia.

In limited circumstances, funding for relocation may be available.

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

Apply via the IEP page on the Defence Careers website.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for an Industry Experience Placement at DST, you must:

  • be enrolled full-time at a tertiary institution;
  • have as a degree requirement that the student 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

  • Industry Experience Placements
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Instructions for Applicants