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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 with 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.

To Apply

Applications for the 2021 program are now open. Applications will remain open until 19th October 2020.

Apply here.

Eligibility requirements

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

  • be enrolled at an 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 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.

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

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

Key information

  • Industry Experience Placements
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Instructions for Applicants

Apply here

Applications close 19 October 2020

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