The DIN Internship Program will place highly-skilled PhD students into companies and promote defence career pathways amongst young researchers.

The program pairs second, and third-year  STEM PhD students enrolled at DIN member universities with Australian businesses operating in defence-relevant areas.

 Benefits to the company

  • Cost-free access to young talent, expertise and skills, working at your premises
  • Rapid delivery on the company’s R&D project
  • Opportunity to create long-lasting connections with the university and student
  • Easy process and engagement, and the company provides supervisor time only

Benefits to the PhD student

  • Opportunity to get real hands-on experience in a defence setting
  • $20,000 scholarship for 3 months
  • Opportunity to develop a network of contacts outside of academia



How it works

1. Student's Application

Eligible students are invited to submit their applications. 

2. Company's Project Application

Call for company applications will be announced in June 2024.

3. Speed-Dating Event

Industry and PhD students attend the DIN Internship “Speed-dating” event to find internship matches.  The speed-dating event date will be held in mid-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 – March.

6. Reporting

Students and industry partners fill in a short report which will summarise internship outcomes and submit it to DIN.


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Our Partner Universities

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Charles Sturt University logo
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University of New South Wales logo
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University of Wollongong logo
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