The DIN Internship Program will place highly-skilled PhD students into companies and Defence. The program pairs second, and third-year STEM PhD students enrolled at DIN member universities with Australian businesses operating in defence-relevant areas.

During a three-month internship, students will get real hands-on experience in a defence setting, develop a network of contacts outside of academia, and receive a $20,000 top-up scholarship. 



Why host an intern?

Access to expertise

Access to young talent, expertise and skills working at your premises.

Rapid results

Quick outcomes over 3 month results-driven R&D projects.


Minimal cost & administration

Cost-free, easy process and engagement, the company provides supervisor’s time only.


Connection with universities

Opportunity to create long-lasting connections with a university and student.


How it works?

1. Apply to host an intern

Fill in the project application by 31 July 2024 and submit it to

2. Apply to be an intern

Eligible PhD students are welcome to submit their applications, which should include their CVs and motivation letters, in response to internship opportunities that have been published.

3. Speed-Dating Interviews

Internship hosts and PhD students will attend the DIN Internship “Speed-dating” event to find internship matches.  The speed-dating event date will be held in September-October (to be confirmed).

4. Contracting

The agreements between industry partners and universities will be signed. DIN will transfer internship funding to student supervisors.

5. Internships start

Students will be placed to work on the projects with industry partners during the summer break between November 2024 – March 2025.

6. Reporting

Students and industry partners will be asked to complete a short report summarising internship outcomes and submit it to DIN.


Our Partner Universities

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