The DIN Internship Program will fund 10 three-month internships that 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
  • Additional scholarship to cover living expenses
  • Opportunity to develop a network of contacts outside of academia


For Companies


For Students


Available Internships

FPGA-based Machine Learning Acceleration

Autonomous, bio-inspired nanorobotics

Tactical 5G Radio Access Network

Extracting Intelligence from Unstructured Data using Language Models

Gyrocompass – dynamic course alignment

Cyber Maturity Phase 2

Malicious Insider Threat Assessment and Mitigation Program

Hardened Drone


How it works

1. Student's Application

Eligible students are invited to submit their applications. Applications for students close on 24 September 2023.

2. Company's Project Application

Companies submit their applications by 6 August 2023.

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 2023 (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 2023 – March 2024.

6. Reporting

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



Our Partner Universities

Australian National University logo
Macquarie university logo
University of New South Wales logo
University of Newcastle logo
University of Sydney logo
University of Wollongong logo
University of Technology Sydney logo
Western Sydney University logo