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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) provides students currently enrolled in a relevant Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degree the opportunity to complete a compulsory industry placement component as part of their degree. The IEP offers work placement of up to 12 months with Defence Science and Technology (DST).

The IEP provides successful applicants the opportunity to gain industry experience in a large research organisation. Successful applicants are supervised by DST staff, who work closely with the university to ensure that academic requirements are met. Students will receive on-going support payments for the duration of the placement.

Projects may be available at any DST site across Australia.

Applications for the Industry Experience Placement are now open!

To Apply

Please note applications for the program close 11:30pm (AEST), Monday 7 October 2019. No extensions or late applications will be accepted.

Applications for the IEP should be made online at Defence APS Jobs.

Eligibility requirements

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

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

For further information, please contact the STEM Programs Team on

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.

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

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